This simple, no prep fact family game is a great way to work on addition and subtraction facts! Just grab a marker and die and you are ready to play!
A groan escaped and I could see the disappointment in his eyes.
The page in front of him had triangles filled with blanks. And he wasn’t thrilled about filling them in.
Now don’t get me wrong, my first grade loves math….but not math worksheets.
Fast forward to another day, and another sheet with four fact family triangles. This time there wasn’t a sigh. No, this time excitement fills his eyes.
Why the difference??? Simple. One was a game.
Math requires students to practice, but worksheets can be quite boring. This is why I love games!!
And this no prep fact family game is a perfect way to practice addition and subtraction!
Prep Work For Fact Family Game
- First, print off of game boards on card stock and then laminate or place in a sheet pro.
- Next, gather up dry erase markers and two 10 sided die. If you don’t have a 10 sided die, you can easily glue numbers 0, 7, 8, and 9 on a normal die.
- To begin, players take turns rolling two dies and filling in triangles.
On the first board, the players must fill in the bottom of the triangles first. This ensures that only single digit numbers are used when adding and keeps the game much easier.
On the second board, the players may fill in numbers anywhere.
–Examples: A player rolls a three and seven. They can make the number 37 and place it at the top of the triangle. They would then need to fill in the bottom part of the triangle with numbers that when added would equal 37. If they rolled a 2 and 6 next, they could write in 26 and then wait to roll two 1’s for 11.
–Example: A player rolls a 1 and 4 and writes the number 14 at the top. They then roll a 2 and 5. They can place the five at the bottom of the triangle with the 14 in it, and the two, some place else. They then would need to roll two zeros and a nine to finish off the triangle with the 14.
2. The first player to fill in all four triangles correctly wins.
I hope this simple game keeps the groans out of your school room while your child practices their math facts! Enjoy!
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