It’s actually hard for me to type this title after years and years and years of math drills that made my elementary-school head want to explode.
Can learning math facts be fun? Is it possible that learning these facts can actually be ‘super-fun’?
That may still be debatable.
But what these five ways do is mix up the ole flashing of the flashcards and trick out the rote learning of these guys. Learning math facts is actually kinda fun.
Scratch that. It’s fun. Pretty darn fun.
Instead we use some movement, some flashlights, and some technology to up the fun factor.
And honestly? That may have been enough to move from totally awful to kinda fun for this gal way back when.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- 5 Super-Fun Ways to Learn Math Facts: Like I said, super-fun is up for discussion but there is certainly some fun to be had with these math fact practices.
Let’s try it.
1. Play with dice. Really. Toss the flash cards and practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing using the numbers you roll on dice.
2. Flashlight math. Use the flashcards and flip two cards at a time. Kids shine a flashlight on the one they know and answer that one. Simple. Don’t have a flashlight? Make a math wand. Bumblebee wand, perhaps? Use a stick or a light saber. Anything that works for your kid.
3. Use electronics. We love My Math Flash Cards App on the iPad and Math Practice Flashcards on my android phone. There are a gazillion flash card apps out there. I’m sure any would do the trick, and if you have five minutes and your kid says, ‘Can I play a game on your phoooooone?’ Say ‘Why yes you may! I’m so very glad you asked. . . ‘
Five of many more cool ways, my friends, but this is just a start.
Okay a few more:
- Answer races: Stand on one side of the room and make kids run to the other side of the room to write the answer on a long piece of roll paper on the floor or taped to the wall.
- Go crazy. You flip the card and say it in one voice and the child says the answer in the same kind of voice (whisper, grumble, shout, squeaky, princess, etc.).
- Skype or Facetime with family members and have them flash the cards and the kids say the answers.
- Check out the Multiplication Post where we shared all of the things Maddy was doing.
- Play Strike it Out to practice those facts and critical thinking.
- Try Magic Triangles to really get the fun flowing.
- Get nuts and try any one of these 3 hands-on math games.
As in anything you do with kids, keep it light, keep the pressure off, and make it fun. As soon as your child starts reaching a frustration level, stop.
Need the cards? Desperate for some mini’s?
Here they are:
Consider starting with one fact family or number set at a time. And print the cards on brightly colored card stock so they last longer and look nicer.
Most of all? Have a super-fun time.
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