Addition Games for First Graders

Easy and Free - these Addition Games for First Graders can be a life-saver when it comes to engaging the kiddos!

Fishin' for Addition

Grade Level: 1 - 2

Skill: Addition facts through 9 + 9

addition games for first graders game board

Number of players: 2 to 4

Object of the game: Be the first player to cover 5 fish in a row


  • 20 craft (Popsicle®) sticks
  • Fishing for Addition game boards on the next two pages
  • Markers to cover the numbers (These can be small bits of paper cut from construction paper, or even junk mail!)


  • Write one of the digits, 0 – 9 on the end of each stick. Make two sets.
  • Put the sticks (“fishing poles”) in a glass or jar with the numbers down, out of sight.
  • Give each player a game board.

Click to print off Game Cards

To play:

  • Draw a fishing pole to see who starts. Person with the lowest number begins. If there’s a tie, keep drawing until someone has the lowest number.
  • For each turn, one player draws two fishing poles from the jar. All the players add the two numbers together, find the sum on their game board, and cover the sum with a marker. Each player may cover only 1 space on the game board per turn.

fishing addition game
  • After each turn, the player puts the poles back in the jar. The next player draws two poles.
  • Play continues until someone has covered 5 numbers in a row – up, down, across, or diagonally. That player wins the round. *
  • To play a new round, the players trade game boards and a different player begins.

fish addition game

*Scoring (optional): The winner receives 5 points for scoring 5 in a row, plus he gets 1 additional point for every fish anywhere on his game board that he’s covered. All other players also score 1 point for each fish that’s covered. When all play has finished, each player adds his total score for all rounds played. It is possible for some one who has never scored 5 in a row to win!

Have Fun!!!

If your child or students are ready to move on and are looking for some fun with adding larger numbers, that's a good thing. Here's a fun 2-digit and 3-digit addition game.

Easy math games are a great way to add fun and excitement to learning math! They will love you for it!

Math doesn't have to boring or difficult! Making math fun does wonders for helping your child or class have a positive attitude toward math. And when they can feel good about it, they will naturally perform better at math!

More Addition Games for First Graders...

You might want to check out more 1st addition activities below.

"Addition Math Can" activity: Great hands-on game for learning and practicing addition facts. 

math addition games math can

"Addition Concentration": I used to love the card game "Concentration" as a kid. Same concept here except your first graders will use cards with math fact equations on them.

1st grade addition games concentration

Egg-Acts Sum: This is a 2 to 4 player adding game that focuses on addition facts through 6 + 6. Be the first player to fill each section of the egg carton! 

Eggs Act Sum game

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