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How To Make The Most Of Printable Math Games

Printable math games should have a place in your class as they provide practice that doesn't feel like a chore. Here are 3 games to help make math fun.
Printable math games should have a place in your class as they provide practice that doesn't feel like a chore. Here are 3 games to help make math fun.

Who needs printable math games? I’m a fan of using games in the classroom for all subjects, but I see a lot of math haters. Math card games and other math games can help turn that around. It provides extra practice that doesn’t feel like a chore. Some games can even be used as informal assessments, which can help get a sense of where kids are if they tend to stress out or freeze up on math tests. 

While you may think of games that practice the basic functions, like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, classroom math activities and games can cover lots of areas of math, including

  • Shapes
  • Estimating
  • Place value
  • Counting on
  • Time
  • Length
  • Area

And so many more. 

Printable math games should have a place in your class as they provide practice that doesn't feel like a chore. Here are 3 games to help make math fun.

Printable math games for school or home

Printable math games should have a place in your class whether as whole class activities, small group activities, or even individual activities. You can assign classroom math activities for everyone to do at a certain time, have them available in your math center or have them as an option for academic choice time. Many printable math games are also easy to send as homework for additional practice. 

Here are three games and two resources to help make math fun. 

Knock out

Each player needs a printed number strip 1–10 and a pencil or highlighter. (If you laminate your number strips, students can use the number strip again and again with a dry erase marker.) You’ll need two dice for the game. 

The first player rolls the dice and can use any operation on their two numbers. For example, if the student rolled a 2 and a 4, they have these choices:

2 + 4 = 6
4 – 2 = 2
2 ⨉ 4 = 8
4 ÷ 2 = 2

The student can then decide which number to “knock out.” They cross out or color in the number that they decide on. Sometimes, there are many choices, sometimes few. If the only options are numbers students have already knocked out, they have to pass that turn. The first person to knock out all their numbers wins. 

After the game, ask students to think about which numbers are easiest to knock out and which are the hardest. Does that affect the decisions they make the next time they play? 

Addition dominoes

Create a set of dominoes. On one side of each domino, have a number. On the other side, have an addition problem. Students have to add the numbers to get the sum to match it to another domino. You could set up the same thing for subtraction, multiplication, or division. 

Place values

You will need one die per pair playing. Each student will need a recording sheet with thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones columns labeled. (Alternately, have students set up a chart with these place values in a notebook.) The goal is to create the largest number (you can mix it up by having students create the smallest number.) 

  • The first student rolls the die and decides where to put it. 
  • Then the next student does the same. 
  • Each student rolls 4 times to fill in the chart. 
  • The student with the larger number (or smaller if that is the parameter you set) wins. 

Ask students to identify the largest and smallest possible number they could have created using the numbers they rolled. 

Printable math games should have a place in your class as they provide practice that doesn't feel like a chore. Here are 3 games to help make math fun.

Printable math games 

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  • Number
  • Shape
  • Mental math
  • Measurement
  • Space
  • Chance and data

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Printable math games should have a place in your class as they provide practice that doesn't feel like a chore. Here are 3 games to help make math fun.

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