Math Facts Games:
a fruit parfait: tear apart a mini-shortcake or a piece of pound cake or angel
food cake into bite-sized chunks. In a parfait glass or similar container,
layer the cake chunks, pressing down on them a bit with a spoon, followed by a
container of chocolate or vanilla pudding, and then some cut-up fruit such as
strawberries or peaches.
For each two students, a deck of
with the aces and jacks, queens and
1: Card Swap.
This game is best with two or four players. The
object is to collect all four of the same numbers and to get the most sets of
four cards. For example, there are four 2's, four 3's, and so on; you are
trying to get all four of each number.
Shuffle the cards, which are 2's through 10's. Make
them into a deck. The dealer should place four cards, face up, in front of each
player, in a row. Set the deck face down. The deck is the "draw" pile.
The first player looks at the four cards and decides
which he or she wants to collect. Let's say you want to collect 3's, and there
is a 3 in your row of four face-up cards. Ask the other player, "Do you have
any threes?" and if the other player does, he or she has to give them to you.
Say "thank you."
Collect the 3 from your own row, and the 3 that the
other player gave you, to the side. As the game goes on, you will try to
collect two more 3's for a full set of four. Draw one more card from the draw
pile to replace the 3 that you set aside.
Beware: the other player might draw a 3 later in the
game, and ask you for your 3's. You have to give them nicely. The game is over
when all of the cards in the draw pile have been picked up. Take turns, and
Game 2: Number Mania. Take
the same deck of cards with aces and face cards removed. Make a neat stack. Now
you and the other player each pick up a card from the top.
Whoever has a card with the higher number gets to
keep both cards.
In case of a tie, you go again, and whoever has the highest
number gets to keep all four cards. When you've gone through the whole deck,
count to see who has the most cards.
Game 3: Plus One. Deal out
the cards evenly so you both have a stack. Taking turns, read off the number
from each card.
The other person has to add one to it, and say that
So if you read off a "3," your partner should say
"4," because that's "3 plus one." Keep going 'til you are both out of cards.
Older students can make this game harder by playing
"Plus Seven" or "Plus 18" and so on.