A pack of Crazy Eight cards from the dollar store comes in handy for doing math fact games.
Addition Facts Game:
Each player started with five cards. There’s a discard pile and a draw pile. Each player takes a turn drawing or picking up a card from the discard pile.
The first time we played, we used the numbers 0 through 6 and set the other numbers aside. We had to make pairs that added up to 6 (0-6, 1-5, 2-4, 3-3).
|The second time through we made pairs whose sum equaled 7.|
What Comes Before and After Game:
This last game was a bit different and requires fast hands and fast thinking! I set this up so each player played on their own discard pile.
Each player started with five cards in their hand (or on the floor as the case may be!). There’s a discard pile and a draw pile.
When we said go, each player played off his/her own discard pile — putting down the number that came before or after the upturned card.
So, if there was a 1 in the discard pile, I could put down a 0 or a 2. Then I could continue until I could put no more cards down. If I couldn’t put down any more cards from my hand, I turned over a new card from the draw pile. The first person to get rid of all the cards in his/her hand won.
Math Family Activities:
We used these gameboards a lot when LD was learning his addition facts. We finally pulled them out for DD. She loves them!
Kathy Gursky at The School Bell (this site no longer exists) has all kinds of math-fact activities.
To play the “7s” math facts game, we pulled out all the cards from 0 through 7 from our Crazy Eight pack. Each player takes a turn turning over a card and moving his/her game piece to the number so that the sum is 7.
So, first DD turned over a 4. She moved her green turtle to the 3. Next I turned over a 7. I moved my orange star to the 0.
Our family loved these games so much that when I found out they were no longer available, we made a set of 16 game boards, plus cards worksheets and more. You can find out more at this post:
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