While the temperatures in Texas suggest spring is already here, the true arrival of Spring (March 20th) is fast approaching! Its the perfect time to spring clean and throw out some of your old math centers and worksheets to ramp up for engaging, effective, and hands-on math activities!
If you’ve been a follower of my blog, Instagram, or Facebook page you KNOW I am all about keeping learning not only fun, but also truly effective. Let’s be honest – our students aren’t going to be filling out worksheets when they grow up. They’re going to be facing 21st century problems and need the capacity to think in ways that help them solve issues we don’t even know about yet!
To that end, bring on the math games!
The first game that I’d love to share with you is Bunny Baskets. Do your students need extra practice with composing and decomposing numbers? Bunny Baskets is a go to for allowing students to get creative with composing and decomposing numbers!
Need to take composing and decomposing numbers to the next level? Butterfly Bolt is a differentiated game, based on which game board you choose for students to play, that practices addition/decomposing/critical thinking. Students roll a die and decide how to move two (or three) counters towards the finish line of 10. Students must think critically to decide if they will split the number and move both couters, or just one. The trick? The counter can ONLY reach the end if the student rolls the exact number needed.
If you’re looking to work on building knowledge of number families while boosting working memory, Carrot Concentration has you covered! Student can play alone, cooperatively, or competitively to match sums!
Egg Elimination is a game where students work through basic addition and subtraction to clear the eggs from their baskets. This game can be differentiated depending on which game board you choose, and it is perfect for reinforcing simple addition and subtraction for fluency.
One of the big things that we work on in Kindergarten is the idea of one more and one less. One More, One Less is a game where students work cooperatively (or competitively) to cover all of the numbers on the game board. After rolling a numbered die, the students roll a die that tells them to select the number that is one more or one less than the number they rolled.
When we work with 3D shapes, we do a TON of work building knowledge and awareness of 3D shapes in the real world. 3D Shape Memory is a game that works on 3D shape recognition, as well as working memory. Students flip two cards over at a time and determine if the real-world example of a 3D shape matches the 3D shape model.
You can grab all of these games in my new Spring Match Centers packet! All games are available in full color, or as blackline! Click the image below to check them out!