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Math Facts - Activities at Home for Practice

Practicing math facts is very helpful for your child, because it will make other math concepts easier and faster to complete.  Here are some suggestions for mixing it up with math facts.  Feel free to make these suggestions your own, be creative, change the rules, and most of all have fun!

Card Games

You could make up a lot of fun games with a deck of cards.  Here are a couple you might enjoy:

  1. “Addition Math Facts War:” Get a deck of cards and take out all of the face cards.  Leave the aces, because they can stand for the number one.  Shuffle the cards and pass them out face down between you and your partner until they are gone.  Next both of you flip over two cards and add them together.  Whoever has the largest sum wins all of the cards.  If you have a tie then each of you flips over two more cards and adds them together and whoever has the largest sum wins the pile.  Play continues until someone wins all of the cards.  (You can also play a version of this for subtraction or multiplication.  Just subtract or multiply the two cards instead of adding and whoever has the largest answer wins the cards.)
  2. “What’s My Card?:”  Take out all of the face cards, but keep the aces, because they will stand for the number one.  Shuffle the cards and pass them out between you and partner until all of the cards are gone.  Pick up two cards and look at them secretly.  Add the numbers together in your head.  Then put the two cards on the table so that one card is face up and the other is face down.  Then say to your partner “My cards make a sum of 8.  One card is five.  What is the number on my other card?”  Your partner then guesses the missing number that is the face down card.  If they guess wrong show them the correct answer then it is their turn.

Facts with Toys

For younger children just learning their facts get out buttons or Legos, whatever you have a lot of around the home.  Then give your child an addition or subtraction problem for them to figure out using those toys.

Around the Home

There are plenty of things to add and subtract around the house.  Using examples around the home is also helpful for teaching your children problems solving and getting them used to using math vocabulary in their every day life.  Here are a few examples:

  1. While cooking add ingredients: “I put in two cups of flour and two cups of sugar.  How many cups do I have in all?”
  2. Chores around the home:  “I raked 3 piles of leaves in the front yard and 5 piles in the back yard.  How many piles of leaves do I have.”  “I just dumped 4 piles of leaves in my compost area.  How many piles do I have left to get rid of?”
  3. Dinner time:  “There are 5 forks and 5 knives on the table.  How many pieces of silverware are there?”  “We had 8 pieces of chicken and we ate 3 of them.  How many pieces of chicken do we have left?”

Flashcards

Flashcards are a good old standby, but try using them in different ways.

  1. Have your child time themselves and see how many they can get in a minute.  Then next time they time themselves have them try to beat their score!
  2. If you are on the road a lot to sport practices, leave the flashcards in the car and have your child do them on their own or with a fellow traveler.
  3. Have a flashcard race between siblings.  See who can answer the problem the fastest!
  4. Triangle flashcards are great because you can practice finding missing addends.
  5. If you don’t have flashcards make your own as a fun activity!

Websites

 

These websites have online games your child can use to practice facts.

  1. Math Facts: Math Magician: www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/cathymath.html
  2. Math Facts: http://www.mathplayground.com/