Games are a great way to reinforce math skills because kids are getting practice within the
context of something fun. And when kids get to be a part of making the game, well, it's even
more fun. Here's an easy game to make with your child that will help develop skills such as:
ß numeral recognition
ß beginning addition facts
ß 20 4 x 5 blank index cards or cardstock
ß stickers and/or rubber stamps
ß 10-frames (optional)
1. Help your child write the numbers 1 - 10 on the cardstock. Use a colored pencil or
crayon so that the pen does not bleed through to the other side.
2. Have your child use the stickers/rubber stamps to show a representation of each of the
numbers 1 - 10. *
3. Shuffle all cards, turn them blank side up and organize them into a 4 by 5 array. Take
turns turning over two cards and trying to match them. If the cards do not match,
turn them back over and the partner takes a turn. Keep going until all cards have been
matched. The winner is the one with the most matches.
*To help kids be able to quickly recognize a set amount without having to count each object,
use 10-frames and place each sticker/stamp in order from left to right. The 10-frame in the top
photo shows the number '7' -- five dots on the top and two on the bottom. 10-frames are a
great way for kids to learn their beginning addition facts and develop number sense, so critical
for success in mathematics.
Karyn is co-founder of Kidnexions, an educational company specializing in kids' money and elementary mathematics. She has a BA in Child Development, a Masters of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Elementary Mathematics, and a multiple subjects teaching credential. Her passion is designing real-world lessons that resonate with kids and their interests. Karyn is the creator of Nifty Numbers and Math Medley Family Math Night kits which were designed to build strong family-school partnerships and get parents involved on an academic level. She is currently working on her third Family Math Night kit. www.kidnexions.com