Math Games and  Practice Ideas: 

Here are some suggestions as to what you can do at home to help your child:

  • Lay cards numbered from 0-9 face down on the table.  Have your child pick out 3 of the cards and make the largest number that they can.  Then have them make the lowest number that they can.


  • Have your child count a few coins  you have in your purse or pocket.  What would be another way to make that amount?    What change would you get back from $1.00 if you bought something for that amount? (advanced)


  • Using the number cards from a deck of cards, sit opposite your child either at a table or on the floor.  On the count of three you both turn over one card.  Whoever can add them together and say the answer (sum) first gets to keep the cards.  Play until the cards are all gone.  Whoever gets the most cards wins.  To make it a little harder, subtract the two numbers.  (You can play that all face cards are worth 10 or you can assign them a value like J = 10, Q = 11, K = 12).


  •  Use dice and coins to practice addition and coin value.

           Materials: real or play coins (pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters)

           Roll the dice.  Add the two numbers together.  Gather that many pennies.  Continue rolling dice                 and adding the amount of pennies.  When you get to 5, trade in for a nickel.  When you get to                  the value of 10, trade in for a dime, etc.  Continue trading in amounts.  When you do the trading              in, say, “I”m trading in 5 pennies for a nickel” and explaining what you are doing.  Set an                         amount as a  goal.  For example, “The winner is the first person to get to 50”.


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