Math Games That Are Really Fun
Mid-year progress reports came out at my elementary school and all of a sudden, we realized that our kids need extra practice with math facts! Several of my Mom Friends emailed me so I thought I would share our plan of attack. The first thing to do is not to panic. Math facts are like practicing a sport or learning an instrument. Slow and steady wins the race. And, just like for your child’s sports or instrument, you don’t want to burn them. THIS MUST BE FUN!
Clearly, some sneakiness is in order. My strategy is to do two things:
1) Isolate the fact patterns that need reinforcement. Chances are that there are just a few fact families that your child learned the least well that needs practice. I think the best way to figure this out is to use flashcards. Make your own or buy a set of flashcards. Then play this game
Put all the cards in a box. Have your child draw one card. Does s/he know the answer? Keep the ones that s/he does, and put the rest aside. Play that game for a few days to isolate which math facts need reinforcement and then … LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
Here are two versatile and portable games recommended by kids. The first is a card game invented by a kid, the second is a dice game that’s easy to carry around.
I think it’s important to change up the games to keep things fresh and exciting. Rotate as you please between web math games (I have free ones listed on my blog home page footer), iPhone/iPad math apps, flashcards, and just plain old-fashioned drilling.
1) FREE games on my footer PragmaticMom.com
Multiplication Race Car Game Against Others
These are all good games and free. The last one is just a worksheet but kids will do it.
I would have your child play a game every day (4 days a week) for 5 minutes. I’d allocate 15 minutes because it’s addicting.
2) Really Fun iPhone iPad math fact apps
I would go with a few of the really fun games.
Just buy one app and let her play while you are waiting around (for a pickup, restaurant, etc.). When she seems sick of the app, buy the next. One app should last a month or so.
Totally Tut Math Operations Game
Good luck and please let me know if you are having success with this plan. If not, let me know, and let’s try something else!
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