Make a math game for kids

At home we use the Sonlight Curriculum for home schooling and this idea for a math game for kids was included. From a crafting point of view it is very straight forward but has the added bonus of being a great educational tool to help your kids get to grips with their maths. We have also found from experience that children learn so much faster if the learning experience can be made into a game. So get started on faster and fun math learning with this math game for kids.

Things you will need for maths bingo game

  • Pieces of card, about 10cm (4 inches) square
  • Felts, or pens/pencils
  • Scissors
Method:The following assumes you are doing math bingo for addition.

Draw lines on the cards dividing them up into a grid of squares with 4 or 5 squares per sideIn each sqare write a number. Pick numbers in the range of numbers you wish your child to be able to add up to. (e.g if you want your child to practice adding up to 12, write in numbers from 1 to 12 inclusive)

Make two cards like this the cut them up into the squares.

Now draw the same grid on another card, one for each player. In each square write addition problems which add up to a number from 1 to 12 inclusive. ( e.g write '5+1', or '2+7' etc).

Now to play the games, here are the rules.

A neutral party (e.g. mum :-) ) turns over the pile of cards with numbers on them, one at a time. Each player has to look at the sums on their board, and work out if any of them add up to the number which has been turned over. If it does, they call out the sum.

example: The number 7 is turned over, Sam has the sum '5 + 2' in one of his grid squares, so he calls out '5 + 2'. If Sally doesn't manage to call out the '3+4' she has on her card first, Sam gets that number and fills the square with '5 + 2' in it. Play continues until the first player fills his or her entire board.

Variations on your math bingo math game for kidsThe same concept can of course easily be extended to subtraction, multiplication or division. Just put the appropriate equations on each card, and make sure the stack of numbers you are turning over matches the problems.The same thing could be done with adding or subtracting basic fractions also.

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