How to Make Math Fun: 9 Educational Activities and Math Games
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Finding the right math activities to inspire your little learners can be tough, especially if your students have already decided math isn't their strongest subject. Giving students the tools they need to succeed later in life all depends on their ability to grasp basic math skills, so it's incredibly important to spark their interest in the subject. Thankfully, math is much more than addition and subtraction; kids have to learn patterns, sorting, shapes, and number sequences, all of which lend themselves to fun math activities!
Finding subtle ways to get kids to use their number sense is one way to make math less of a struggle. After all, practice makes perfect, so the more opportunities students have to practice their math skills in a relaxing, familiar way, the more confident they will feel in their mathematic abilities. Some examples include:
- Ask young children to count things in their surroundings, such as “How many trees surround the playground?” “How many chairs are in this room?” “How many crayons do you have at your desk?”
- Create word problems that relate to the day’s activities and present them to the class. Asking students to work with their classmates to solve problems feels more like an activity than a lesson, so they will be happy to engage with the task at hand.
Making math relevant to students is key; if they feel a connection to the lesson at hand, students are more likely to want to apply the things they learn. The best way to engage students during your lessons is with entertaining and education math activities:
1. Egg-O-Math Game: Add, subtract, or multiply the two numbers your piece lands on inside the egg carton. The first student to reach a certain score is the winner!
2. Safe Cracker Printable Math Game: Make math fun with a free printable guessing game!
3. Printable M&M Pattern Game: The best educational activities also involve sweet treats! Use the free printables to help students create patterns with their favorite candies.
4. Number Line Addition and Subtraction Game: Break students up into teams. With each roll of the dice, students move through the board as they practice adding and subtracting.
More Learning Activities
1. Rainbow Hopscotch Activity: Take learning outside with this math activity. Ask students to practice skipping numbers as they skip through the hopscotch court to practice learning patterns.
2. Number Word Matching Chart: Teach younger children to recognize numbers as numerals and words with this fun educational activity.
3. Lego Challenge Math Activity: This awesome learning activity allows children to take math into their own hands as they learn about shapes and geometry.
4. Hands-On Math Craft: Kids love to count on their hands, so why not turn that instinct into a fun math activity? This activity is perfect for visual learners.
5. Even or Odd Math for Kids: This free coloring page is a fun way for kids to learn the difference between even and odd numbers.
Love these ideas? Find even more educational crafts and activities in our collection of 56 Creative Lesson Ideas!
BONUS! Free Math Resources
- MathGoodies: at mathgoodies.com, teachers can find learning games, crossword puzzles, and other math activities.
- SuperKids: at superkids.com, teachers can easily create math problems for basic math skills like addition and subtraction, as well as other skills like telling time and finding averages.
- Education World: at educationworld.com, teachers can find even more free worksheets for boosting their students’ math skills.
What’s your best tip for teaching math? Share it in the comments below!
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