## MATH GAMES

One of the best way to learn math concepts is to play hands-on math games. Worksheets are good to practice skills. Hands-on math games will help you learn and develop number sense! Here are some math games we play in class. Lots of times, we use counters such as cubes. Whatever you have at home, you can use--rocks, legos, pennies, pasta, etc.

For example purposes, the following games will use 5 counters. When you play these games at home, I would recommend using your child's number sense target # (+1/-1) and ten (because 10 is an important base to understand). You can see me about your child's target #, but basically work with the range of 5-8 is good.

NOTE: on the bottom of the games, I will usually write "talk about" it. This is because talking about it will really help to build strategy and deeper understanding!

Games are ordered from more simple (obvious and visual) to complex (mental math challenging in your head thinking and mental visualizing).

For example purposes, the following games will use 5 counters. When you play these games at home, I would recommend using your child's number sense target # (+1/-1) and ten (because 10 is an important base to understand). You can see me about your child's target #, but basically work with the range of 5-8 is good.

NOTE: on the bottom of the games, I will usually write "talk about" it. This is because talking about it will really help to build strategy and deeper understanding!

Games are ordered from more simple (obvious and visual) to complex (mental math challenging in your head thinking and mental visualizing).

## 1. HAND GAME (add)

materials: counters

- put 2 in one hand; 3 in the other hand
- bring both hands together and say, "2 and 3 makes 5

## 2. THE BOWL GAME (combinations)

materials: bowl, counters

- show 5 counters
- put them all under an inverted bowl
- take 2 out
- ask the child--How many are in the bowl?

## 3. THE WALL (take away, with inverse)

materials: counters, sheet of paper

- lay out 5 counters in a row
- using the paper, place it in between some of the counters
- let the paper fall to one side of the counters--say, "5-2=3"
- keep the paper in the same the paper fall to the other side of the counters--say, "5-3=2"

## 4. BULLDOZER (take away)

materials: counters

- lay out 5 counters in a row
- using your hand as the "bulldozer," take away 2 cubes--say, "5-2=3"