Games are a great way to reinforce math skills because kids are getting practice within the
context of something fun. And when kids get to be a part of making the game, well, it's even
more fun. Here's an easy game to make with your child that will help develop skills such as:
ß numeral recognition
ß beginning addition facts
ß 20 4 x 5 blank index cards or cardstock
ß stickers and/or rubber stamps
ß 10-frames (optional)
1. Help your child write the numbers 1 - 10 on the cardstock. Use a colored pencil or
crayon so that the pen does not bleed through to the other side.
2. Have your child use the stickers/rubber stamps to show a representation of each of the
numbers 1 - 10. *
3. Shuffle all cards, turn them blank side up and organize them into a 4 by 5 array. Take
turns turning over two cards and trying to match them. If the cards do not match,
turn them back over and the partner takes a turn. Keep going until all cards have been
matched. The winner is the one with the most matches.
*To help kids be able to quickly recognize a set amount without having to count each object,
use 10-frames and place each sticker/stamp in order from left to right. The 10-frame in the top
photo shows the number '7' -- five dots on the top and two on the bottom. 10-frames are a
great way for kids to learn their beginning addition facts and develop number sense, so critical
for success in mathematics.
Karyn is co-founder of Math Unity LLC, an educational company specializing in elementary mathematics. She has a BA in Child Development, a Masters of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Elementary Mathematics and a multiple subjects teaching credential. Her passion is designing real-world lessons that resonate with kids and their interests. Karyn is the creator of Nifty Numbers, Math Medley, Gellin' with Geometry and Play and Take Family Math Night kits. These kits were designed to build strong family-school partnerships and get parents involved in fun and engaging math activities with their children. To find out more, visit www.FamilyMathNight.com