Addition Games for Grade 1

Looking for fun-filled addition games for grade 1? Yep, you've arrived at the right place for fun games and activities will help your first grader learn early on that math can and should be fun!

Addition Concentration

addition games for grade 1

If you've ever enjoyed playing "Concentration" growing up with a deck of regular playing cards, then your kids will probably enjoy the addition version of it!

Skills: Addition Facts

Materials: addition cards, addition answer cards

How to Play:

  1. To get started, print off the addition cards and the answer cards.
  2. Decide which addition facts you want to use.   You can use as many or as few as you like.
  3. After deciding which addition facts to use during the game, get the addition answer card that goes with those addition facts.  So if you are going to use the 3 + 4 card, you will need to also have the 7 answer card in you pile of cards.
  4. Place the cards that you have chosen to use face down in rows of five.
  5. Each player takes a turn an turns over any two cards of their choice.  If they get a match after turning the two cards over, they pick up the two matched cards and place in a pile next to them.  In the example on the right, the player turned over two cards that make a match since 3 + 4 is equal to 7.  They would then pick up these two cards and place them in a pile next to them.
  6. Each time they turn over matching addition statements, they will turn over another two cards of their choice on that same turn.  If they get a match they pick up the cards as before but if there is no match the cards are turned face down again and the next player takes their turn.
  7. Play continues in this way until all cards have been matched and there are no cards remaining.  The player with the most matches is the the winner.

More Addition Games for Grade 1...

There are lots more 1st grade addition games on the site. You'll probably also enjoy Fun with Fact Families.  Great hands-on activity for helping kids learn their addition and subtraction facts.

Online Addition Games for Grade 1

Here are a couple of addition activities for first graders your kids might also enjoy. For more 1st grade games, you can go to the main first grade math games by clicking link at bottom of this page. Have Fun!

Shake and Spill: After selecting a number from 1 to 1, the Fun Factory produces a set of red and yellow counters with an addition equation that needs to be filled in!

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