Math Facts Games
Playing math facts games has its benefits! Did you know kids who learn their math facts very well have a greater chance to succeed in higher math? Using games makes learning math facts fun and exciting!
If you have ever played the traditional card game of war, then the multiplication war is just a mathematical version of the same game.
Materials: A deck of cards for each two students.
How To Play:
- Decide upon values for the face cards. These can vary depending on your goals. (In the fourth grade we used Jack=11, Queen=12, King=0, and Ace=1 and left the Jokers out.)
- Students play in pairs. Begin by shuffling the deck and dealing all cards out to the two players. This game is played quite similarly to traditional “war”.
- The players each turn a card over at the same time. The first person to correctly state the product they see wins the two cards. (I required the students to say the number sentence, e.g. “9 times 2 is 18” instead of just “18”.)
- If there is a tie in naming the product, “war” begins. Each player places 2 cards face down, then they simultaneously turn 1 card face up. This continues until one of the players is quicker in giving the number sentence and product. The winner gets to keep all the cards that were placed on the table.
- Play ends when either player has all the cards or after an allotted time. The winner is the player with the most cards.
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is a printable multiplication fact game for helping kids get a handle on their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12
. Just need a couple of pair of dice to play, and you can print off the game cards right from your computer.
Learning Math Facts shouldn't be just boring memorization.Whether its addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts, your child will be more confident, have more fun, and become a better math student by playing math games.
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