Egg Carton Math Facts
(Nashville Tn., USA)
This is a game that a lot of kids like playing while learning to memorize their multiplication tables. Not only does it help build multiplication fact skills, there's also some eye-hand coordination involved which makes it more fun and challenging as well.
To play you need an egg carton (without the eggs, of course), permanent marker, and sheet of thin card board.
Number of Players: 2 - 4
Take the egg carton and on the inside at the bottom of each egg compartment, write the numbers 1 through 12 with the marker. You can write them in any order you choose.
Cut the cardboard into little squares, about one inch by one inch. Cut two sets of 12 of these squares. On the squares write the numbers 1 through 12 with the marker. So you will end up having two sets of square pieces of card board numbering 1 through 12 each.
Playing the Game:
Place the egg carton on the floor. From the spot where you place the egg carton on the floor, stand back about 6 feet. You can go back further if you like. Each person will take turns trying to throw the square pieces of card board into the the egg carton. Each player can start with a piece of card board with the same number on it.
You can tailor the game to what multiplication facts the players will solve. For example, each player have the same number on their square card board piece and throw the same piece every time, as mentioned above, or players can throw a different numbered card board piece every time. It's entirely up to you how you want to do this.
The players try to get the piece of card board to land inside the egg carton. Each player takes a turn. If a player lands her card board inside the egg carton, they will then multiply the number that is inside the carton by the number that is on the card board square they threw in the egg carton. They will say the multiplication problem out loud and the answer out loud as well.
If a player does not get their card board piece to land in the egg carton, the next player takes her turn.
If they get the correct answer they score 5 points. If they get the wrong answer 2 points are deducted from their score. You can play up to a certain number of points, say 50. The first person to get that number of points wins the game. Or you can play a certain number of rounds.The person with the most points after that many rounds wins the game.