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My kids HATE flashcards but learning math facts is an important skill to have so I have been creating fun alternative ways for them to master their facts. Here is a list of my kids favorites:
Math Fact Memory
Take a double set of those boring flash cards and set them out upside down in rows. Play memory with them and they only get to keep the match if they can answer the problem. This works great for practicing sounds with letters too!
Turn a bunch of Dominoes upside down on the table in front of you and turn over one at a time and write the the two side out in a math equation. You can add or multiply depending on what your child needs. My kids always like to use colored markers to make the page colorful and fun.
LeapPad Platinum and Imagicards
This is hands down my kids favorite way to practice their facts. We have a LeapPad 3 and really only my 4 year old ever plays it but the new LeapPad Platinum tablet is amazing. Its high resolution screen is as clear as any other device but so much sturdier and kid friendly. It has kid friendly wi-fi which makes me feel better about them playing on it but really there favorite thing to do is play with the new Imagicard games. Their are two Imagicards sets that are great for math facts Save Adventure Bay with the Paw Patrol and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (they have a great one for letters too!). They have math activities as easy as counting, shapes, and patterns and as challenging division, multiplication, addition and subtraction. It is not just staring at a screen the whole time either because they have to find the answers on the cards and take pictures of them. I love that they are actively engaged the whole time. It is geared for ages 3-9 but even my 11 year old likes practicing her math facts too. It gets hard the more they answer so even she is challenged. The nice part is all the games work on our LeapPad 3 too!
Race the Clock
I picked these Holey Cards up a while ago at a teacher store and my kids love them. I don’t know why but trying to race a clock is always so much fun. Racing your sister and the clock is a double whammy. We set the timer for two minutes and they try to answer as many as they can. Each time they try to beat their old score.
This can be done a few ways but with standard dice they can roll two and either multiply or add them together. If you can get a big dice you can roll a number and they can list all the facts that add up or multiply to get the answer to the number. This is a little more challenging but the kids like to do it together and race to see who can think up the most problems. I found this Math Dice set that has a 12 sided dice that works perfect for the bigger math facts!
Math Wrap Ups
These Math Wrap Ups are my personal favorites because they are so portable. We take them in the car all the time and are great for helping them practice. I need another set because they are always fighting over the addition and multiplication ones!
There are some of my ideas. Do you have fun ways your kids can practice their math facts? I would love for you to share!
Amanda saysSeptember 29, 2015 at 11:40 am
What a great way to practice math facts
Lynanne saysOctober 2, 2015 at 10:14 am
I know you! And your girls!! This was a fun surprise to be looking on Pinterest for Conf. packets and I came across this website. You are so talented, Courtney. I am so glad I have gotten to know you and your girls.
Courtney saysOctober 2, 2015 at 10:26 am
Thanks Lynanne! Hope you liked the website:) I love your family!