A revised version of Bingo makes up this fun math activity. To create your own game, you’ll need:
- White cardstock or small pieces of white posterboard (about 8″ x 10″) – one for each student
- 3″ x 5″ cards
With your pen and ruler, divide each piece of cardstock or posterboard into 16 squares. To do this, draw three vertical lines across the page, then draw three more horizontally.
On each square, write the answer to a math fact. You could use addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts. For example, if your children are learning their 4s in multiplication, write down one product in each square, such as 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, and so on. Mix the numbers up among the squares and repeat some numbers, if necessary.
On each 3″ x 5″ card, write one math problem. In the example above, one card would say “4 x 0”, another “4 x 1”, another “4 x 2”, etc.
To play: Provide each child with buttons or pennies to use as markers. Put the 3″ x 5″ cards in a box or paper bag and mix them up. Draw out one card and read it aloud. Children look over their cards for the correct answer to the problem. If they have the answer, he puts a marker on that square. If repeated answers are used on the student cards, include repeated questions on the parent cards. The student, then, may only place one marker on an answer per turn. The first student to place four markers in a row, either vertically or horizontally, wins!
If you are pressed for time and can’t make the game yourself, have your students create their own playing boards. Give each student a piece of cardstock and have him or her draw the vertical and horizontal lines, creating the grid. Write the possible answers on the blackboard, and instruct them to choose one number to write in each square. Draw the first question card, and let the game begin!
To make the playing cards more durable, consider laminating them or covering them with clear contact paper.
To continue the game after one round, have students trade cards and start again.
When enough math facts have been learned, practice them all in one game. By adding an additional horizontal and vertical line to your grid, you can expand it to consist of 25 squares. The questions you use can include several multiplication tables, or it might include both addition and subtraction facts. It might even be a combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.
Math Curriculum and Math Games by Smart Tutor
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Article by Samantha Bell