Education.com has some great math games to play. As a father to 3 kids I have been around the block a few times when it comes to helping with schoolwork. Math has always been the one subject that gives my kids issues. I mean let’s face it, math isn’t much fun – until now.
I recently started talking to the great people at Education.com. Through our talks I was sent over a game to try out. I must say, I wish I had games like these when helping my oldest daughter through her school years.
Place Value Snap:
Place Value Snap combines learning about place value with the excitement of the old-fashioned card game Snap. Both luck and strategy are needed to win. Your child will have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re learning and practicing math skills!
What you need:
2 pieces of 9” x 12” cardstock (I cut up poster board for mine)
20 3” x 5” index cards
What you do:
1. Lay four index cards side by side across the top half of a sheet of cardstock. Lay the index cards the long way so the 5-inch side is vertical and the 3-inch side is horizontal. There should be about a half an inch between the cards.
2. Using the marker, trace around each of the four cards. Remove the four cards.
3. Lay two index cards on the bottom half of the card stock so that the 5-inch side of the index cards is horizontal, and the 3-inch side is vertical. There should be about two inches between the cards.
4. Using the marker trace, around each of the cards. Remove the two cards.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 on the second piece of card stock.
6. Starting with the upper right most box at the top of the card stock, write “Ones” inside the box. In the next box to the left write “Tens.” In the third box to the left write “Hundreds.” In the last box on the left write “Thousands.”
7. In the bottom right box write “Face Down” and in the bottom left box write “Discard.”
8. On one side of ten index cards write the numbers 0-9 (one number per card). Repeat with the other ten index cards.
Now you are ready to play!
1. The child and parent each shuffle their index cards and place them face down in their Face Down boxes.
2. The parent announces a target. For example, highest number possible with three digits. The parent says, “One, two, three, Snap.”
3. Together, turn the top cards over and decide where to place it on your place value chart – in the Ones, Tens, or Hundreds box.
4. Parent repeats this process two more times for numbers in the hundreds, or three more times for numbers in the thousands. Once a card is placed on the chart, it may not be moved.
5. Strategy becomes important, depending on the target of the game. If the target is the highest possible number and you flip over a seven, do you place it in the hundreds box, or do you test your luck and hope for an eight or nine during the next two turns? Remember, once a card is placed on the chart, it cannot be moved.
6. After the three cards are turned over and placed, discuss who won and why.
Play additional rounds with different targets: Highest odd number, lowest even number with three digits, etc.
We played this for a good hour today. Trying all different place values, with highest or lowest. The best part for me is when I had my kids make up the way we played. It was quite amazing to see how they wanted to start.
They both took turns making the rules and leading the game. Seeing them figure out where to place their numbers was fun. Not to mention having them call out the total and figure out who had won. We were having so much fun you didn’t even know you were learning.
I hope you have as much fun as we did playing Place Value Snap. Education.com has some great math games. I will definitely be visiting their website to find some more activities to try out.
(Disclaimer: Education.com privided me with this math activity. No other compensation was received. I fully support this website and all opinions are my own.)