Educational Math Crafts and Activities
How to Make Crafts and Learning Activities
Relating to Math
Pickup Sticks Math
This is a great game because it not only helps your child work on manual dexterity, but it can also improve your child's math skills.
What you will need: Sticks from your trees, acrylic paint, and paint brushes.
How to Make PickUp Sticks:
1. Cut your sticks about 7" long and divide them into piles according to size. Use at least four sticks per pile. Paint each pile of sticks a different color.
2. Assign different values to each color according to your child's math skills. Play like Pickup Sticks except when you are all finished have your children add up their scores.
If you have younger children, all the sticks can be worth the same amount. Have your children add up the total number of sticks they have acquired. You can also assign values by 2s, 5s, or 10s and have your children practice counting by these numbers or any other numbers. If you have older children, use odd numbers or numbers that are more difficult to add, and have them practice adding them in their heads
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"Slip the Chip" Printable Math Review Game  Multiples of 9 and 6
This is a fun way for your children to review their math facts during the summer. They won't even know they are learning!
Two players try to collect as many chips as they can. They can "slip a chip" from the other player if the number is both a multiple of nine and six.
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Cookie Jar Math Facts Review Game
Preparation: Print out the cookie pattern onto card stock and cut out the cookies.
Colored Pattern (PDF Pattern)
Black and White Pattern (PDF Pattern) Place ten (or the number of cookies that matches the math fact family you are studying) cookies in a jar.
To play pick a child to start and place his or her name in the following rhyme:
Cookie Jar Math Rhyme
Mattie takes a cookie from the cookie jar.
Mattie says, "Who me? Yummy!
Mattie then takes a handful of cookies and shows the class.
The class asks, "How many cookies do you see?"
Mattie counts the cookies and says how many she has in her hand.
"I see ______ just for me."
The class then asks, "How many cookies did you leave?"
Mattie then subtracts in her head the amount of cookies she has in her hand from the amount that was in the jar (She doesn't get to look in the jar.) and tells the class how many cookies she thinks is left in the jar. "I left __________, I believe.
The class says, "Let's see how many cookies are in the cookie jar."
Mattie then takes the rest of the cookies out of the jar and counts them to see if she is right.
Keep playing until all the children have had a turn.
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"Don't
Get Skunked" Spinner Math Game
This game can
be adapted for children of all skill levels. Teachers fill in the
game board with the numbers, addition facts, or multiplication facts
their children are studying.
Learn Numbers
 Children spin the skunk spinner and tell what number the skunks
tail lands on. If they are correct, they get a point or a marker.
If the tail lands on a dot, they loose all their points.
Addition Facts  Addition facts can be reviewed in different ways. Children can spin
the spinner twice and add the two numbers together and then record
that number on a score sheet if they answered correctly. Or they can
get one point each time they answer correctly. Or they can keep a
running total, spinning the spinner once every turn, and adding that
number to their total. If the skunk's tail (or end of the spinner)
lands on a dot, the child looses all his points. Or you can tell the
children to add the number that the spinner lands on to a certain
number. For example, if you are studying your 7's, then have them
add seven to the number that the spinner lands on. This works out
very well because you can use the same playing board for all the different
sets of addition facts.
Multiplication
Facts  Multiplication facts can be reviewed in different ways.
The children can spin the spinner twice and multiply the two numbers
together. If they get it right, they get a point. Or if you are working
on certain multiplication facts, for instance, the five's, you can
have them multiply the number on the spinner by 5 each time. Or if
your child is having problems with certain multiplication facts, you
can write those on the playing board to review them. The child would
get a point each time he answers one correctly. If the tail of the
skunk (or end of the spinner) touches a dot, the child looses all
his points and must start again.
To prepare this
game draw a circle the size of the inside of a large Styrofoam plate.
Cut it out and divide the circle up into sections. Glue the game board
onto the top of a large Styrofoam plate or a sturdy box. If you are
using a plate, glue another plate to the bottom of the first plate,
bottom to bottom. Punch a hole in the plate or box through the center
of the game board with a straight pin. Cut out a spinner with an arrow
at one end. Place the pin through the middle of the spinner and then
place a small bead on the pin. Poke the end of the pin with the bead
and spinner on it through the hole in the box. Use pliers to bend
the end of the straight pin down so that it doesn't fall out of the
plate of box. Write numbers, addition facts, or multiplication facts
on the playing board.
A Pattern
for this Game with a Skunk Spinner is available in the membersonly section.
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"What Can It Be?" Math Review Game
This is a great way to review math facts that your child is having trouble remembering.
What you will need: Construction paper, pictures from coloring books, magazines, calendars, etc.
How to Make this Math Review Game: Mark off lines one inch apart on a piece of construction paper as shown in the picture. Print one math problem above each line. Cut on the lines leaving one inch from the side of the paper intact. Glue a picture on another piece of construction paper, any size will do, even a very small picture. Then staple the math fact page on top of the picture page. Staple the lefthand side that hasn't been cut so that you can lift up the strips to see what is under them.
Ask your child to pick any math fact on the page and tell you the answer. If he can tell you what the answer is, lift the flap to reveal part of the picture underneath. If he doesn't guess correctly, he should pick another problem. Keep playing until he has discovered what the picture is underneath.
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"Searching for Treasure" Math Game
This game can be used for any level. Just write math problems your child is reviewing on the outside of the oysters.
Hide a small treat behind one or more of the oysters.
Your child then points to one of the oysters, answers the equation, and opens it up to see if he is correct and maybe find a treasure.
You can use small pieces of candy, pennies or other coins, seashells, beads to make a necklace, pieces of toys such as Legos, etc. If you don't have small object you can draw a star in one of the oysters and tell you child that if he finds the one with a star, he gets a prize or gets to do something special.
Draw oysters shapes on card stock so that two are connected and you can fold them closed to make the top and bottom of the oyster. Laminate the paper or use contact paper. Cut out the shapes and fold them in half. Use a dry erase marker to write math equations on the outside or the shell so that the opening of the oyster is facing away from you child. When you are done wipe of the equations and save them for another day. A Pattern for the Oysters is available to members of The Resource Room.
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Acorn Search File Folder Game
Help the squirrel find an acorn and review math facts or vocabulary words at the same time. Write your child's math facts or vocabulary words on the back of the leaf patterns. Hide an acorn pattern under one of the leaves. Your child then turns over one leaf at a time looking for the acorn. He has to answer the math problem before he can look under another leaf. You can use this game for a group of children or for just one child and hide more than one acorn behind the leaves. A pattern for this file folder game is available to members of The Resource Room.
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Ball Toss Review Game
(This is a great review game for children who have a hard time sitting still.) Purchase a large bouncing ball that is a solid light color. Using a permanent marker write math problems on the ball without answers. (You can also write your child's vocabulary words or other things he is studying.) Outline each problem with a large square or odd shape. You just want to section off the ball into small areas. Toss the ball to your child and have him answer the math problem on which his right thumb is resting. Practice tossing the ball high, low, with one bounce in between, two bounces, three bounces, clapping your hands once before catching the ball, twice, etc. Let your children come up with different ways to practice tossing the ball.
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Reversing Roles Math Review
If your child is getting bored with filling out math worksheets, here's a great way to get him motivated. Before class do the worksheet yourself, except make a lot of errors on the worksheet. Set up the puppet with a pencil in his mouth to look like he is working on the sheet. When your child comes to class tell him that the puppet just finished his math worksheet for him. The only problem is the puppet isn't very good at math so he will have to correct his work. Tell him to show the puppet what he did wrong and teach him how to get the correct answer. Make the puppet not understand very well so your child will really have to work at teaching him.
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Building Blocks Review Game
Review math facts and play at the same time. You will need building blocks or other items that can be stacked such as pennies, books, marshmallows, etc. and math fact cards. Place the building blocks or other objects on a table in front of your child. Tell him that if he answers a math fact correctly he gets to stack a block on top of the pile. If he answers incorrectly, tell him the correct answer and place the math fact card at the bottom of the deck. Keep playing until the stack falls over or your child knows all his facts.
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Puzzle Math
You will need a child's puzzle and a marker. Turn the puzzle pieces over and write the math equations without the answers your child is studying on the back of the puzzle pieces. (This game works best if your child has never used the puzzle before.) Have your child pick one piece of the puzzle at a time and give the answer to the math equation. If he gets it right, he gets to keep the piece. If he gets it wrong, he must return the piece and try it again later. Keep playing until your child has put the entire puzzle together. You can make your own puzzles by gluing pictures from magazines onto cardboard and then cutting them apart.
You can make this game more challenging by telling your child that you are going to keep track of how long it takes him to figure out what the picture on the puzzle is. See if he can beat his record when doing another puzzle. He only gets one guess for each piece of the puzzle he puts together.
You can have your children make their own puzzles for their classmates to figure out. Have them each draw a picture at home and bring it in. Tell them to try to draw a single image not a bunch of little things on the page and to make it big enough to cover the whole page. For instance, they can draw a cat or a dog, but not a cat and a dog. When they bring them back to class glue them onto pieces of cardboard or card stock. Cut them apart into the same sections. You can just use squares if you would like. On the back of the piece write the math facts. Make sure you keep track of who drew the picture so the child that drew the picture doesn't get his own picture. Give each child a puzzle and have him play the review game. The child who figures out what picture his on his puzzle first wins.
You can use the puzzles as a review for the whole class using one puzzle at a time. Let the children take turns picking a piece, answering a question, and then trying to guess what the picture is. Keep track of how long it took the children to figure out what the picture was. The children will be interested to find out who drew the hardest picture to figure out.
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Battleship
Review Game
(Learning numbers) This game is played like the game "Battle
Ship". If you have the game, you can use it instead of the printouts,
although the printouts may be easier for young children. This game
will help your child learn his numbers as well as review other things.
What
you will need: Paper, pencil and a highlighter.
What
to do: Print out the Pattern (PDF Pattern).
How
to Play: Play just like you do the game "Battle Ship"
except in order for your child to guess a position, he must answer
a question correctly. I use this game to review words, but you can
use it to review just about anything. If Danielle knows a word she
gets to guess the position of my ships. If she doesn't know the word,
I get to guess the position of her ships.
The
object of the game is to sink your opponent's ships by guessing their
location on your grid. Each player gets a sheet of paper with two
grids (pattern). The top grid is used to place your ships. You get
to place a ship that is two squares long, a ship that is three squares
long, and one that is four squares long. To do this, you color in,
with a highlighter pen, two squares that are next to each other either
vertical or horizontal but not diagonally. Do this for the three square
long ship and the four square long ship. Your opponent does the same
thing on his top grid.
The
bottom gird is used to keep track of the hits and misses you make.
For example, if you guess square # 3 as a position, your opponent
will look at the top grid and see if he has a ship in #3 space. If
he has a ship in that space, he will say, "hit" and place
an X in that square. You will place a circle on your bottom grid in
space #3 to tell you that there is a ship in that space. Once you
have guessed all the spaces of a particular ship, your opponent will
tell you that you have sunk the ship. If you guess a position and
there is no ship in that position, your opponent will say, "miss",
and you will place an X on your bottom grid.
The
person who sinks all their opponent's ships first wins.
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Rainy
Day Math Fun
(Addition and Subtraction) Children
learn their math facts by placing raindrops with numbers on them on
the clouds so that they are equal to the number on the cloud. This game
can be used with any learning level.
How to make:
1. Before class
cut out a bunch of raindrop shapes from blue construction paper. If
you would like to make the game so it lasts longer, laminate some
sheets of blue construction paper and then cut out the raindrop shapes.
Use a permanent ink pen to write the numbers 0  10, or 0  20, depending
on what age group you are preparing the game for. Make at least 5
of each number for each child who will be playing the game. If five
children will be playing at one time, make 25 raindrops with "0"
on them, 25 raindrops with "1" on them, etc.
2. Find a wide
mouth can with a lid such as a can used to hold peanuts. Place the
lid on the can and glue cotton balls all over the can. Make sure you
don't glue the lid closed. Place the construction paper raindrops
inside the can. If you don't want to use a can, you can make a cloud
shaped envelope out of white construction paper and laminate it so
it will hold up.
3. Print out the cloud cards (Patterns available to members.) and make
copies. In class have the children color their cards and write one
number on the right side of each cloud. If your children are learning
their math facts up to 10, then have them write numbers 0 through
10 on the clouds. If they are learning them up to 20, then have them
write numbers 0 through 20. Or have them pick two numbers 0  10 and
then two numbers 11  20 so that they don't pick numbers that are
too easy.
To Play: This
game can be played in different ways depending on the level of your
children.
The object of the
game is to fill your card first with raindrops that either add up to
or can be subtracted from another number to equal the number on the
cloud. The child who fills up his card first wins. You can just use
addition facts or you can use both addition and subtraction. You can
limit the amount of raindrops that can be used. You may want to limit
younger children to two raindrops. Older children can use more than
two raindrops to solve their problems. For example younger children
could use 5 + 5 on the "10 cloud" while older children could
use 2 + 2 + 6 or 20  5  5 on the "10 cloud".
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Pattern and Directions for this game are available to Members Only.
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Balancing
Math Game
This is a fun way to learn addition, subtraction,
and multiplication facts. You will need some dice, a balancing and
weight scale, (You can find these at educational supply stores) and
some small lightweight objects like paper clips or game markers. Decide
if you want to add, subtract, or multiply the numbers on the dice
depending on what your child is learning. If they are learning facts
higher than six, you can change some of the numbers on the dice by
placing a sticker on the dice and writing new numbers on them. For
instance, instead of using the number one, I replaced it with the
number seven. To play, each player throws the dice and adds, subtracts,
or multiplies the two numbers. He then places that many objects on
his side of the scale. The player whose side is the lowest when all
the objects are gone wins the game. You can make a rule that you only
pick up the first number of the product or sum of the two dice. For
example, if the answer is 36, the player would only pick up three
objects and place them on the scale.
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Dice Math
Use
large foam dice to practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
Using these large
dice are a great way to review math facts with children who have a
hard time sitting still. Have your child throw them on the floor and
as he goes to retrieve them ask him to add, subtract, or multiply
the numbers together. If you have older children, use more than two
dice. Use one die for preschool children and just have them add the
dots on the die. Children will also enjoy stacking the dice when you
are finished reviewing. 

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