Did you know that math can be quite boring?? Really, who wants to do a whole page of “What number is in the 100’s place in the number 726?”
I know I don’t! My fourth and fifth-grade students didn’t! And I can tell you that my boys definitely don’t want to, and many times will whine when they see a page of math problems. (Don’t worry, we are working on attitudes!)
Kids need to practice math, though. Sometimes a child just needs to do the same type of problem over and over for them to master it.
How do we accomplish this without having our children HATE math?
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Games and Activities
If children can practice math through a game or a fun activity, they are more likely to enjoy their math time. Place a game in front of a child where they are solving numerous problems while they play, you probably won’t hear a ton of complaints. Compare that to putting a worksheet in front of them with the same amount of problems…oh yay, they most likely are not thinking happy thoughts.
Practice Place Value
I knew my first-grade son need to practice place value more and wanted to provide a few fun games to play. We started with a pirate place value game where we used expanded form to create numbers. Then we moved onto this coloring page.
It was a huge hit. Both my boys begged to play this each morning till they had colored in all the sheets. What’s better, is it is low prep with lots of learning.
Pass out a coloring page to each child, and provide crayons, paper clips, and pencils. Use the paper clips and pencil as a spinner.
How to Play!
– Choose one number that matches what you spun
-Color in that number only (If you are coloring in a hand or hair, and there is not another number on the other hair or hand you will color in both parts.)
-You lose a turn if there is not a number to color that matches what you spun
-First person to color in all numbers, wins.
Math can be fun, even when a lot of practice is required. Do for Today, sit back, grab some crayons, and have fun coloring with your kiddos while they practice place value.
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Other Place Value Activities you may be interested in:
Place Value Ice Cream Sundae Activity by 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Score Some Points with Place Value Yahtzee! by Games 4 Gains