Free Fall Math Game Board
This math printable can be used for any math practice. You can use any math fact cards, even for simple number recognition for younger kids. You can use any of the numbers that will work for your child or just create your own math problems on index cards. Use it for
- number recognition (for younger kids) and move that many spaces around the board
- addition facts (6+7) or subtraction problems (16-8)
- multiplication facts (8×4) or division problems (72÷8) — Then roll a die to see how many spaces to move around the board.
- And we used it for some basics of preAlgebra which I explain below. 🙂
Players keep moving around the board (and solving problems) until they land on a blank space, stay put, start or other square with no directions. If they land on a space with directions they choose another math fact card and roll the die to move their token around the board.
How we used this for basic preAlgebra problems (and negative numbers):
I made two sets of numbers 1 through 20 and -1 through -20 because my daughter is just starting on some of the basics of pre-Algebra. This week rather than doing more problems like 4+ -3 or 5 x -7, I thought I would have her practice these types of problems using a math game board.
We cut out all the cards and made our own die (using a wooden cube). On the die there are two x’s, two +’s, and two –‘s. Then I also put the numbers 1 through 6 on the die for how many spaces to move around the game board. So, the die sides look something like this:
The player rolls the die, then chooses two cards. We place on card to the right of the die and one card to the left of the die. That way it is clear with a problem such as -6 – 4 which number is being subtracted. The answer below would be -10. Then the player would move three spaces on the game board. She would read the directions on the space she landed on and either stay put, draw again and do a double or triple move, etc. She keeps solving problems and moving ahead until she lands on a stay put, start or blank space.
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We have a free 3s File Folder Game:
We have various Multiplication Packets. Last year my daughter learned her times tables, so we have various worksheet and activity pages that she worked on. For example, this was one of the first multiplication packets ED worked on. It is a Bugs, Butterfly and Flowers Theme. It’s for 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s:
And I made larger packets as she practiced some of the more challenging times tables. Here are the Multiplication Packets for learning the 4s and 9s
Find out more about our multiplication packets here: Learning the Multiplication Tables — 2s thru 9s . ED really loved math last year and really enjoyed all the games and activities. We worked a lot with skip counting which has been helpful to her this year as she moves into long division and stuff. 🙂
Place Value Printable and Pirate Addition Pack -These two packets share many of the activities and games we did when the kids were in about 4 to 6 years old… from early math skills (+1, +2, doubling) and place value activities to learning all the addition facts (13s — 6+7, 5+8, etc.). Plus, this packet includes some other skills we worked on during math time — learning the months (in order), learning time to the hour (digital and analog clocks).
We also have various FREE Montessori addition sheets for those with younger students working on addition facts. My kids really
If you’ve followed our blog, you know we’ve used a large version of the Math Fact Gameboard for years and years. Here’s a picture of the hand-made one on butcher paper (in this photo we’re using some fun Minecraft themed subtraction cards.
If you are interested, you’ll find those here: Minecraft Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division QR Code Math
Happy Homeschooling!! ~Liesl