As your child advances through elementary education, math concepts–even the basics–can become confusing, even frustrating to some. At ages 6-9, kids are not only fine-tuning basic addition and subtraction and continuing with multiplication and division, they are also learning time, measurements, fractions and more. It’s not merely important to supplement their math learning at this point in their education, it’s crucial. Here are some excellent math activities from around the web for making math fun and exciting!
Math Lines – at different levels this teacher’s basic math equations, but in a cool, fun way. You shoot a canon with a specific number ball at the number balls moving around the canon in a line, making sure the balls add up to the target number.
Lemonade Stand – helps teach number recognition, addition and counting money. You create the lemonade based on reading a recipe, set up and manage your stand, and sell lemonade for a profit. Come to think of it, you could just set up a real lemonade stand!
Fraction Beach – use your knowledge of fractions to build awesome sandcastles at the beach.
Chalk Clock – use the kids as the hands of the giant clock to work on telling time.
Skip Counting by Hand Outlines – hand outlines are perfect for teaching how to count by 5’s, plus they make for wonderful turkey-themed math activities around Thanksgiving time.
Water Balloon Number Target Practice – learn number recognition through play with water balloons and a chalk target board.
Props and Manipulative Ideas:
Golf Tee Math – use golf tees and play dough to work on creating and solving addition and subtraction equations
Addition Number Family Eggs – put leftover plastic Easter eggs to use by building numbers and solving equations
Coin Value File Folder Games – these file folder games are quick, easy, and cost nothing to make.
Fraction Bars – practice fractions with these color-coded strips.
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