Math Games!

Here are some great math games! It makes math like family game night.

They’re perfect for anytime or anyplace. For more information, check out the site where we found these fun games: http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/educators/em_games.

Addition Top-It

Materials:

•    A set of number cards with four cards each of the numbers 0-10

•    a penny (optional)

Number of Players: 2 or 3

How to Play:

1.    A player shuffles the cards and places the deck number-side down on the playing surface.

2.    Each player turns over two cards and calls out their sum.

3.    The player with the highest sum wins the round and takes all the cards.

4.    In the case of a tie, each player turns over two more cards and calls out their sum. The player with the highest sum then takes all the cards from both plays.

5.    Play ends when not enough cards are left for each player to have another turn.

6.    The player with the most cards wins.

Option: Children toss a penny to determine whether the player with the most or the fewest cards wins.

Game Variations

1.    Use a set of double-nine dominoes instead of a set of number cards to generate addition problems. Place the dominoes facedown on the playing surface. Each player turns over a domino and calls out the sum of the dots on the two halves. The winner of a round takes all the dominoes then in play.

2.    To practice addition with three addends, use three cards.

Name that Number

Materials:

•    4 cards each of numbers 0-10

•    1 card each of numbers 11-20

Number of Players: 3 or 4

How to Play:

1.    A player shuffles the deck and places five cards face-up on the playing surface.

2.    This player leaves the rest of the deck facedown and then turns over and lays down the top card from the deck.

3.    The number on this card is the number to be named.

4.    In turn, players try to (re)name the number on the set-apart top card by adding or subtracting the numbers on two of the five face-up cards.

5.    A successful player takes both the two face-up cards and the number-named top card.

6.    A successful player also replaces those three cards by drawing from the top of the facedown deck.

7.    Unsuccessful players lose their turns.

8.    But they turn over and lay down the top card from the facedown deck, and the number on this card becomes the new number to be named.

9.    Play continues until all facedown cards have been turned over. The player who has taken the most cards at the end wins.

Game Variations

If children are finding the game difficult, increase the number of face-up cards.

Use any combinations of two or more numbers and all operations. For example, Mike could have named 16 as follows:

10+7-1

10+12-7+1

8+12-10+7-1

Children can experiment by using different numbers of face-up cards.

Two-Fisted Pennies Game

Materials:

•    10 pennies for each player

Number of Players: 2 or more

How to Play:

1.    Players count out 10 pennies, and then split them between their two hands. (Help children identify their left and right hands.)

2.    Call on several children to share their amounts. For example: “My left hand has 1 and my right hand has 9; left hand 3 and right hand 7; left hand 4 and right hand 6; left hand 5 and right hand 5.”

3.    Record the various splits for any given number on the chalkboard.

4.    Partners continue to play using different total numbers of pennies—for example, 9, 12, 20.

5.    Option: Partners take turns grabbing one part of a pile of 20 pennies. The other partner takes the remainder of the pile. Both players count their pennies, secretly. The partner making the grab uses the count to say how many pennies must be in the partner’s hand. (“I have 12, so you must have 8.”) The eventual result is many addition names for 20.

6.    Change the number of pennies in the pile to practice addition names for other numbers.

Beat the Calculator

Materials:

•    a calculator

•    a penny or a random-number generator (optional);

•    1 Fact Power Table (optional)

Number of Players: 3

How to Play:

1.    One player is the “Caller,” a second player is the “Calculator,” and the third is the “Brain.”

2.    The “Caller” selects a fact problem by dropping a penny on Game Master 7 or by using a random-number generator to create an addition-fact problem.

3.    The “Calculator” then solves the problem with a calculator while the “Brain” solves it without a calculator. The “Caller” decides who got the answer first.

4.    Players trade roles every 10 turns or so.

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