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Paige P
10-13-2009, 08:56 AM
This is a spin-off of my other thread. Thanks so much for the great advice, ladies. I think it's kind of what I knew all along, but somehow, even after four years of hsing and knowing my dc, it's still hard to break the traditional "mold." KWIM?

Anyway, what kind of math games do you recommend? I'm not very creative when it comes to inventing ideas :blush:

Shay mentioned Uno.

What else can we do to emphasize larger number addition (not necessarily in the 1000s place, but adding strings of numbers to get into the 30s or so), subtraction, multiplication, and division?

Any ideas?


Rachel Jane
10-13-2009, 09:12 AM

Go Fish. Instead of having the most pairs win, have her add up the numbers on the cards. Really, you could do this with any card game.

Lay out ten cards. Her add cards until each pile equals a predetermined amount.

Have her bring you 35 items. Have her hide her eyes. Take away some of the items. Have her glance and guess how many items you hid. Let her count and see if she guessed correctly. Let her hide the items for the next round. Go back and forth.

10-13-2009, 09:15 AM
Games for Math by Peggy Kaye :thumb:

Also if you check out some Montessori websites they have lots of ideas, I'll try to post some links later if you want

Paige P
10-13-2009, 09:21 AM
Also if you check out some Montessori websites they have lots of ideas, I'll try to post some links later if you want

Please ...... :kiss:

10-13-2009, 12:17 PM
MUGGINS (http://www.mugginsmath.com/)!!!!!!

They make a variety of games that are great for practicing these types of math concepts. One of our favorites is Knockout. ;)

Rainbow sells some of them but their website is great and gives a video overview of each game. :thumb:

10-13-2009, 01:04 PM
My dd is really struggling with math this year, and I've decided that it's time to move away from the math curriculum for a while.

One of our math games today was playing Addition War. We used a normal deck of cards, minus the face cards. We put two cards out each time - the higher sum taking the hand. When we tied, we put down three more cards to add to the original. Maybe you could use two decks of cards and each turn up 3 or 4 cards so the totals get closer to the 30s.

I intend to try out Subtraction War and Product War (multiplication), too.

What about using dominoes? Select 2 dominoes, write out math problem represented, then add (subtract, multiply). If a domino has 4 dots and 6 dots, maybe the number is 46 or 64, rather than 10, depending on what you want her to work on.

Measure the height of several favorite dolls or stuffed animals. Find the average height.

Just a few ideas I've gleaned from reading living math blogs/discussions.

Hope that helps.

Paige P
10-13-2009, 01:58 PM
Great ideas, Crissa :thumb:

Thanks for the website, Jeni. I'll check it out when I have a little more time.

Heather W
10-13-2009, 02:01 PM
multiplicaton War (with playing cards) - addition too

Math Dice (http://blogshewrote.blogspot.com/2009/03/activities-for-boxes.html)- second half of this post is a picture. You roll dice and have to do mental math to reach the target number rolled on the dice.

Equate (http://blogshewrote.blogspot.com/2008/04/equate-math-game.html)- play like Scrabble with math equations

Math Chips (http://blogshewrote.blogspot.com/2009/08/number-chips.html)

I second Games for Math by Peggy Kaye and her book Games for Learning has more math games in it.:thumb:

The Family Math books (http://blogshewrote.blogspot.com/2009/08/living-math-resources.html) are good ones too for hands on activities.

My kids helped with our food inventory today. We made data charts to record what's in our freezers, frig and pantry. Now the problems I made up for their "Five a Days" include using the data we gathered to determine whether or not we can make their favorite meal. Some of the problems do involve the type problems you are targeting.

Heather W
10-13-2009, 02:03 PM
An example from the Peggy Kaye book is to throw dice and record the bigger number first to make it a two digit number. Then toss again to get the second number for subtraction or it could be any type of problem. They could toss three times to make a large addition problem.

Kendra AU
10-13-2009, 04:37 PM
Domino Math (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/06/living-math-dominoes.html)
Joey-Joey (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/08/joey-joey-math-game.html)
S'math (http://www.amazon.com/Pressman-Toy-5200-06-Smath/dp/B00004NKL3/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1250418408&sr=8-1)
Sum (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/10/sum-math-game.html)
Piggy Bank Math (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/08/piggy-bank-math-game.html) (subtraction) paper here (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/09/some-math-freebies.html).
Rack-o (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-40073S5-Rack-O-Card-Game/dp/B00000IWBY)
Grocery Math (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/08/money-math.html)
These Math Books (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/09/great-math-books.html) are loaded with ideas too, my favorite, by far, is the red one.

You could also give her a shopping add and tell her what things you need. Have her write down the prices and add them up. ;)

10-14-2009, 08:26 AM
Do you have a 100 chart posted up somewhere? These are wonderful for all sorts of math as well. I used them with all my kids to visualize the numbers, for adding and subtracting, and for seeing the patterns of numbers.

I also made a multiplication chart for them to use too. It's great for when they are still learning the processes of multiplication and division--they can have their minds on learning the process without the extra mind power of thinking of all the facts as well. They just look on the chart for the facts.

10-14-2009, 08:52 AM
sorry I did not get back to this yesterday
http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/Math-Materials_ep_59-1.html (free math downloads)

take what ya like and leav the rest :)

10-14-2009, 08:55 AM
Another vote for Games for Math. I've made several of the games from there and ds loves them. They are fast and easy to make.

One idea from that book is Math Checkers. You just take a normal checkers board and tape pieces of paper with math problems on each square. Then you play checkers as usual but each time you move you first have to answer the problem. Ds loves that one.