We are always making up games that integrate learning at our house. The first one details a new way to teach double digit addition and regrouping with your child. My girls are entering 2nd grade this fall and I know this is a concept they will be working on this school year.
Double digit math game: Grab a deck of cards. Take out all the face cards and any jokers. Give each player 4 cards. Each player should put them into a double digit addition format. The player with the highest sum wins! You play until the player with 10 points wins!
*note I put a dry erase board or a post-it under the cards so they can write the sum under the cards. I also put another dry erase board or a post-it on top in case they had to regroup.
They picked up this game very easily! They had fun and one of my girls said, “Mom this is so cool, do you think we will add like this in 2nd grade?” Little did she know I am just trying to get her ready!!
Here are a few other fun game ideas.
Dice Game: Grab a pair of dice. Roll the dice and add (or subtract) the numbers up! Each time someone gets the correct answer they get a point. Decide ahead of time how many rolls each player will receive. The person with the most points at the end wins!
Beat the Calculator Grab a deck of math fact flashcards (addition, subtraction, multiplication and or division) and a calculator. You will need three people for this game (two contestants and a card holder). One person holds up a flash card, while the contestants get to work on coming up with the answer. One contestant uses calculator to find the answer, while the other users their mind. Whoever comes up with the correct answer first wins a point. You can decide how many points determine the winner.
Use your traditional playing cards and divide the deck into 2 piles – one for each player. In this two player game, each person throws down two cards at a time. Both players then add, subtract, and multiply their cards. The one with the highest answer gets to keep all four cards (make sure to set the “keep” pile off to the side). The player with the most cards in their “keep pile “at the end wins!
Tic-Tac-Toe Fact Fun! Grab a deck of math fact flashcards (addition, subtraction, multiplication and or division). Players must answer the math fact before putting on X or O on the board. The first person to get tic-tac-toe wins!
Yolanda is the mom of 3 young children in the Delaware Valley. She is the Founder of Team Tutor.