Educational Math Crafts and Activities
How to Make Crafts and Learning Activities
Relating to Math
Shapes Review Game, Shapes Printable Book, Math Review Games, Math File Folder
Games,
Puzzle Math, Addition and Subtraction Review Games, Rainy Day Math Fun,
Balancing Math
Game, Dice Math, Place Value, and LearntoCount Games
"Give a Dog a Bone" Foam Cup Dog Craft and Math Learning Activity for Preschool
What you will need:
16 oz. and 8.5 oz foam cup
Card stock (Heavy Paper)
Scissors
Black pompom for the nose
Pink paper
Tacky glue or tape
Black Sharpie Marker
How to Make the Foam Cup Dog
1. To make the dog's head and mouth squeeze the top of the smaller cup to make creases at the sides of the cup as shown in the picture.
2. Turn the large cup upside down and glue the smaller cup sideways onto the bottom of the larger cup as shown in the picture.
3. Draw ear shapes, arm shapes and bone shapes onto the white card stock and cut them out. (A Pattern for this craft is available to members.) Glue the ears to the sides of the smaller cup and the arms to the larger cup under the head.
4. Glue a black pompom onto the top, rim of the "head" cup.
5. Cut a large tongue from pink paper and glue it to the inside of the smaller cup.
6. To finish draw feet and eyes onto the cups with a permanent marker.
Math Counting Activity for Preschool Children
Give ten children in your class a paper bone shape and sing the "This Old Man" song. When you get to the part "give a dog a bone" have one child put a bone in the dog's mouth. As the child places the bone in the dog's mouth the other children should continue singing. When they sing "This old man came rolling home" have them make a rolling motion with their hands moving their hands around each other in front of them. When you are finished with the song have your children help you count all the bones in the dog's mouth by taking one out at a time.
Dog Shapes Review Game
Here's a fun way to review shapes this summer. Children study the dog pictures and then try to create the same dog using precut shapes.
As they work ask them what is the name of the shape they are working with. Is it a polygon? Is it a triangle? What kind of triangle is it: Equilateral, Isosceles, Scalene, Obtuse, or Acute? What is a 3sided polygon called, a 4sided?, a 5sided, etc.?
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Free Snake Shapes Printable Book
Print out the pages and staple them together. (Page 1 (PDF Pattern), Page 2 (PDF Pattern), Page 3 (PDF Pattern) Have your children trace the snake shapes with their fingers and then trace them with highlighter markers. Read the story to your children and have them repeat what you say pointing to each word as you speak until they can read the book by themselves.
Make pipe cleaner snakes by twisting two different colors of pipe cleaners together. Have your children twist their snakes into the shapes to match the book.
You can find more snake crafts and activities on the Snake Crafts Page.
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This book was created by Monica Saunders using resources from this web site.
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Pickup Sticks Math
This is a great game because it not only helps your child work on manual dexterity, but it can also improve your child's math skills.
What you will need: Sticks from your trees, acrylic paint, and paint brushes.
How to Make PickUp Sticks:
1. Cut your sticks about 7" long and divide them into piles according to size. Use at least four sticks per pile. Paint each pile of sticks a different color.
2. Assign different values to each color according to your child's math skills. Play like Pickup Sticks except when you are all finished have your children add up their scores.
If you have younger children, all the sticks can be worth the same amount. Have your children add up the total number of sticks they have acquired. You can also assign values by 2s, 5s, or 10s and have your children practice counting by these numbers or any other numbers. If you have older children, use odd numbers or numbers that are more difficult to add, and have them practice adding them in their heads
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The idea for this activity came from Mommies Little Artist Blog. You'll find lots of other great ideas on this blog.
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"Slip the Chip" Printable Math Review Game  Multiples of 9 and 6
This is a fun way for your children to review their math facts during the summer. They won't even know they are learning!
Two players try to collect as many chips as they can. They can "slip a chip" from the other player if the number is both a multiple of nine and six.
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Cookie Jar Math Facts Review Game
Preparation: Print out the cookie pattern onto card stock and cut out the cookies.
Colored Pattern (PDF Pattern)
Black and White Pattern (PDF Pattern) Place ten (or the number of cookies that matches the math fact family you are studying) cookies in a jar.
To play pick a child to start and place his or her name in the following rhyme:
Cookie Jar Math Rhyme
Mattie takes a cookie from the cookie jar.
Mattie says, "Who me? Yummy!
Mattie then takes a handful of cookies and shows the class.
The class asks, "How many cookies do you see?"
Mattie counts the cookies and says how many she has in her hand.
"I see ______ just for me."
The class then asks, "How many cookies did you leave?"
Mattie then subtracts in her head the amount of cookies she has in her hand from the amount that was in the jar (She doesn't get to look in the jar.) and tells the class how many cookies she thinks is left in the jar. "I left __________, I believe.
The class says, "Let's see how many cookies are in the cookie jar."
Mattie then takes the rest of the cookies out of the jar and counts them to see if she is right.
Keep playing until all the children have had a turn.
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"Don't
Get Skunked" Spinner Math Game
This game can
be adapted for children of all skill levels. Teachers fill in the
game board with the numbers, addition facts, or multiplication facts
their children are studying.
Learn Numbers
 Children spin the skunk spinner and tell what number the skunks
tail lands on. If they are correct, they get a point or a marker.
If the tail lands on a dot, they loose all their points.
Addition Facts  Addition facts can be reviewed in different ways. Children can spin
the spinner twice and add the two numbers together and then record
that number on a score sheet if they answered correctly. Or they can
get one point each time they answer correctly. Or they can keep a
running total, spinning the spinner once every turn, and adding that
number to their total. If the skunk's tail (or end of the spinner)
lands on a dot, the child looses all his points. Or you can tell the
children to add the number that the spinner lands on to a certain
number. For example, if you are studying your 7's, then have them
add seven to the number that the spinner lands on. This works out
very well because you can use the same playing board for all the different
sets of addition facts.
Multiplication
Facts  Multiplication facts can be reviewed in different ways.
The children can spin the spinner twice and multiply the two numbers
together. If they get it right, they get a point. Or if you are working
on certain multiplication facts, for instance, the five's, you can
have them multiply the number on the spinner by 5 each time. Or if
your child is having problems with certain multiplication facts, you
can write those on the playing board to review them. The child would
get a point each time he answers one correctly. If the tail of the
skunk (or end of the spinner) touches a dot, the child looses all
his points and must start again.
To prepare this
game draw a circle the size of the inside of a large Styrofoam plate.
Cut it out and divide the circle up into sections. Glue the game board
onto the top of a large Styrofoam plate or a sturdy box. If you are
using a plate, glue another plate to the bottom of the first plate,
bottom to bottom. Punch a hole in the plate or box through the center
of the game board with a straight pin. Cut out a spinner with an arrow
at one end. Place the pin through the middle of the spinner and then
place a small bead on the pin. Poke the end of the pin with the bead
and spinner on it through the hole in the box. Use pliers to bend
the end of the straight pin down so that it doesn't fall out of the
plate of box. Write numbers, addition facts, or multiplication facts
on the playing board.
A Pattern
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Math Fun with Xray Fish
Children help the XRay find the answer to math problems by moving the Xray fish picture over another sheet of paper with numbers printed on it until the correct number appears in the bubble. .
How to Make this Math Game: Draw a picture of a fish with bubbles and a seascape or use clip art. Color the sea floor with crayons. Cut out the large bubble in front of the fish's mouth. This next step is optional. Place the picture on top of a piece of paper towel. Use a Qtip or brush to cover the picture with oil. Don't cover the bones with oil. Wipe the excess oil off the picture. This will make the picture a little see through which will help your child find the numbers easier.
Decide which math facts your child needs to review. Write the problems out or use flash cards. Then write the solutions to the problems in the center of a blue sheet of paper. Show your child one flash card at a time and tell him to help the xray fish find the answer by moving the paper over the answer sheet until the number appears in the bubble. If the child finds the correct number, give him a fishy cracker or a couple of crackers (Use the colored fish). When you have finished reviewing, have your child make a graph showing how many of each fish he has collected.
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"What Can It Be?" Math Review Game
This is a great way to review math facts that your child is having trouble remembering.
What you will need: Construction paper, pictures from coloring books, magazines, calendars, etc.
How to Make this Math Review Game: Mark off lines one inch apart on a piece of construction paper as shown in the picture. Print one math problem above each line. Cut on the lines leaving one inch from the side of the paper intact. Glue a picture on another piece of construction paper, any size will do, even a very small picture. Then staple the math fact page on top of the picture page. Staple the lefthand side that hasn't been cut so that you can lift up the strips to see what is under them.
Ask your child to pick any math fact on the page and tell you the answer. If he can tell you what the answer is, lift the flap to reveal part of the picture underneath. If he doesn't guess correctly, he should pick another problem. Keep playing until he has discovered what the picture is underneath.
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"Searching for Treasure" Math Game
This game can be used for any level. Just write math problems your child is reviewing on the outside of the oysters. Hide a small treat behind one or more of the oysters. Your child then points to one of the oysters, answers the equation, and opens it up to see if he is correct and maybe find a treasure. You can use small pieces of candy, pennies or other coins, seashells, beads to make a necklace, pieces of toys such as Legos, etc. If you don't have small object you can draw a star in one of the oysters and tell you child that if he finds the one with a star, he gets a prize or gets to do something special. Draw oysters shapes on card stock so that two are connected and you can fold them closed to make the top and bottom of the oyster. Laminate the paper or use contact paper. Cut out the shapes and fold them in half. Use a dry erase marker to write math equations on the outside or the shell so that the opening of the oyster is facing away from you child. When you are done wipe of the equations and save them for another day.
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Acorn Search File Folder Game
Help the squirrel find an acorn and review math facts or vocabulary words at the same time. Write your child's math facts or vocabulary words on the back of the leaf patterns. Hide an acorn pattern under one of the leaves. Your child then turns over one leaf at a time looking for the acorn. He has to answer the math problem before he can look under another leaf. You can use this game for a group of children or for just one child and hide more than one acorn behind the leaves. A pattern for this file folder game is available to members of The Resource Room.
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Candy Corn Math or Vocabulary Review Game
Children practice graphing and review math facts or
vocabulary words at the same time.
Review
Numbers and Math Facts  Just write the number or math facts
you are studying on the wheel and corresponding number or math fact
on the graph. Children spin the wheel and place a candy corn on the
corresponding math problem.
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Candy Corn Fractions
Practice Fractions with Candy Corn Shapes
Help your children paint paper plates with yellow borders, orange middles, and white centers. Ask them to cut their paper plates into halves, quarters, etc. Use the pieces to study fractions.
Ball Toss Review Game
(This is a great review game for children who have a hard time sitting still.) Purchase a large bouncing ball that is a solid light color. Using a permanent marker write math problems on the ball without answers. (You can also write your child's vocabulary words or other things he is studying.) Outline each problem with a large square or odd shape. You just want to section off the ball into small areas. Toss the ball to your child and have him answer the math problem on which his right thumb is resting. Practice tossing the ball high, low, with one bounce in between, two bounces, three bounces, clapping your hands once before catching the ball, twice, etc. Let your children come up with different ways to practice tossing the ball.
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Reversing Roles Math Review
If your child is getting bored with filling out math worksheets, here's a great way to get him motivated. Before class do the worksheet yourself, except make a lot of errors on the worksheet. Set up the puppet with a pencil in his mouth to look like he is working on the sheet. When your child comes to class tell him that the puppet just finished his math worksheet for him. The only problem is the puppet isn't very good at math so he will have to correct his work. Tell him to show the puppet what he did wrong and teach him how to get the correct answer. Make the puppet not understand very well so your child will really have to work at teaching him.
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Building Blocks Review Game
Review math facts and play at the same time. You will need building blocks or other items that can be stacked such as pennies, books, marshmallows, etc. and math fact cards. Place the building blocks or other objects on a table in front of your child. Tell him that if he answers a math fact correctly he gets to stack a block on top of the pile. If he answers incorrectly, tell him the correct answer and place the math fact card at the bottom of the deck. Keep playing until the stack falls over or your child knows all his facts.
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Puzzle Math
You will need a child's puzzle and a marker. Turn the puzzle pieces over and write the math equations without the answers your child is studying on the back of the puzzle pieces. (This game works best if your child has never used the puzzle before.) Have your child pick one piece of the puzzle at a time and give the answer to the math equation. If he gets it right, he gets to keep the piece. If he gets it wrong, he must return the piece and try it again later. Keep playing until your child has put the entire puzzle together. You can make your own puzzles by gluing pictures from magazines onto cardboard and then cutting them apart.
You can make this game more challenging by telling your child that you are going to keep track of how long it takes him to figure out what the picture on the puzzle is. See if he can beat his record when doing another puzzle. He only gets one guess for each piece of the puzzle he puts together.
You can have your children make their own puzzles for their classmates to figure out. Have them each draw a picture at home and bring it in. Tell them to try to draw a single image not a bunch of little things on the page and to make it big enough to cover the whole page. For instance, they can draw a cat or a dog, but not a cat and a dog. When they bring them back to class glue them onto pieces of cardboard or card stock. Cut them apart into the same sections. You can just use squares if you would like. On the back of the piece write the math facts. Make sure you keep track of who drew the picture so the child that drew the picture doesn't get his own picture. Give each child a puzzle and have him play the review game. The child who figures out what picture his on his puzzle first wins.
You can use the puzzles as a review for the whole class using one puzzle at a time. Let the children take turns picking a piece, answering a question, and then trying to guess what the picture is. Keep track of how long it took the children to figure out what the picture was. The children will be interested to find out who drew the hardest picture to figure out.
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Battleship
Review Game
(Learning numbers) This game is played like the game "Battle
Ship". If you have the game, you can use it instead of the printouts,
although the printouts may be easier for young children. This game
will help your child learn his numbers as well as review other things.
What
you will need: Paper, pencil and a highlighter.
What
to do: Print out the Pattern (PDF Pattern).
How
to Play: Play just like you do the game "Battle Ship"
except in order for your child to guess a position, he must answer
a question correctly. I use this game to review words, but you can
use it to review just about anything. If Danielle knows a word she
gets to guess the position of my ships. If she doesn't know the word,
I get to guess the position of her ships.
The
object of the game is to sink your opponent's ships by guessing their
location on your grid. Each player gets a sheet of paper with two
grids (pattern). The top grid is used to place your ships. You get
to place a ship that is two squares long, a ship that is three squares
long, and one that is four squares long. To do this, you color in,
with a highlighter pen, two squares that are next to each other either
vertical or horizontal but not diagonally. Do this for the three square
long ship and the four square long ship. Your opponent does the same
thing on his top grid.
The
bottom gird is used to keep track of the hits and misses you make.
For example, if you guess square # 3 as a position, your opponent
will look at the top grid and see if he has a ship in #3 space. If
he has a ship in that space, he will say, "hit" and place
an X in that square. You will place a circle on your bottom grid in
space #3 to tell you that there is a ship in that space. Once you
have guessed all the spaces of a particular ship, your opponent will
tell you that you have sunk the ship. If you guess a position and
there is no ship in that position, your opponent will say, "miss",
and you will place an X on your bottom grid.
The
person who sinks all their opponent's ships first wins.
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Find
the Baby Ants Addition and Subtraction Review Game
This game goes along with the short movie "Addem
and the Ants  Lost Babies" in which Addem Ant helps Ann
Ant find the lost baby ants. After viewing the movie children can
play the role of Ann Ant. They use addition and subtraction facts
to help them figure out how many babies are missing.
How to Make Baby Ants Addition and Subtraction Review Game: Print out the baby ant patterns, Color
Pattern, Black and White Pattern and cut them out. Decide how many
ants you want to use depending on the age or your child or the math
facts you would like to review. You can start with a few ants and
then add more to make it harder. Place all the ants in a bowl or other
container. Count the ants with your child to see how many are in the
bowl. Tell your child that he is going to play the part of the ant
that keeps track of the baby ants. Give him a piece of paper and tell
him to write the number of ants he counted on the paper. Tell him
to turn around while you hide some ants and that when he turns around
he needs to figure out how many ants are missing by counting the ones
left in the bowl. Once he counts the ants left, ask him how many are
missing. If he doesn't know show him how to subtract the number of
ants left from the number of ants he had altogether. Then show him
the ants that are hiding. Have him count the hiding ants to see if
he was correct. If you don't want to use subtraction, you can show
him on a number line how many ants are left and have him count up
to the number that he originally had to find out how many are missing.
Keep playing until you child has memorized his math facts for the
amount of ants. He shouldn't need to use the number line to tell you
how many ants are left. Add more ants to the total amount of ants
and play again.'
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Rainy
Day Math Fun
(Addition and Subtraction) Children learn their
math facts by placing raindrops with numbers on them on the clouds
so that they are equal to the number on the cloud. This game can be
used with any learning level.
Children pull
raindrops out of a can decorated like a cloud.
The
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Balancing
Math Game
This is a fun way to learn addition, subtraction,
and multiplication facts. You will need some dice, a balancing and
weight scale, (You can find these at educational supply stores) and
some small lightweight objects like paper clips or game markers. Decide
if you want to add, subtract, or multiply the numbers on the dice
depending on what your child is learning. If they are learning facts
higher than six, you can change some of the numbers on the dice by
placing a sticker on the dice and writing new numbers on them. For
instance, instead of using the number one, I replaced it with the
number seven. To play, each player throws the dice and adds, subtracts,
or multiplies the two numbers. He then places that many objects on
his side of the scale. The player whose side is the lowest when all
the objects are gone wins the game. You can make a rule that you only
pick up the first number of the product or sum of the two dice. For
example, if the answer is 36, the player would only pick up three
objects and place them on the scale.
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Dice Math
Use
large foam dice to practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
Using these large
dice are a great way to review math facts with children who have a
hard time sitting still. Have your child throw them on the floor and
as he goes to retrieve them ask him to add, subtract, or multiply
the numbers together. If you have older children, use more than two
dice. Use one die for preschool children and just have them add the
dots on the die. Children will also enjoy stacking the dice when you
are finished reviewing. 

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Place Value Caterpillar War
Children fill in the place values on their caterpillar cards to try and get the highest number. Give each child a caterpillar card. Review the place values. Break your children up into teams of two or three and give each team a die. Children take turns rolling the die and deciding in which place value they want to place the number they roll. When all the place values have been filled in, the children compare the caterpillars and decide which number is the highest. Have them read the number on their caterpillars out loud. The child who has the largest number gets to keep the caterpillars.
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"Gerber the Caterpillar" LearntoCount Game
Make "Gerber the Caterpillar" Craft from the Butterfly and Caterpillar craft page. Write a number on the top or side of each section of the caterpillar. Help your child learn to count by pointing to the numbers on the boxes as you count. When your child learns all the numbers on the boxes add new boxes and numbers. Your children will love to see how big his or her caterpillar can grow. Note: You can also use ABC's on the boxes.
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Frog Math Activities
1. Measuring Distance with Plastic Frogs
Have a frogleaping race with Jumping Frogs Toys
. Give each child a plastic frog and let him practice making it leap by pressing down on its back. Then start the race. Have the children take turns measuring how far their frog leaps using a measuring tape. Write down each distance on the board.
2. Frog Toss Math Game
Before class make some Frog Beanbags and cut out some lily pad shapes from construction paper. Write numbers on the lily pads and tape them to the floor. Write your children's name on the board. Let them take turns throwing the beanbag frogs onto the lily pads and then adding up their score. You can make this game appropriate for any grade level. If you have younger children, use smaller numbers and have them add them together. Each child should add his own score. If you have older children, you can practice multiplication families by having them multiply the numbers on the lily pad by a certain number and then add the answer to their score.
3.Feed the Frog Math Game
Before class prepare the Paper Plate Frog on the Frog Crafts Page. Print out the fly patterns and cut them apart. Decide which math family you want to work on and write the multiples of that math family on the back of the flies, on number per fly. Also write some extra numbers that don't match that fact family. Place the flies in a bag. Have your children take turns picking out a fly from the bag. Ask the child to look at the number on the back of the fly and tell you if it belongs to the fact family you are studying. If it does, he gets to feed it to the frog. Keep playing until all the children have had a turn.
4. Leapfrog Math Families
Decide which math family you will be reviewing. Have your children line up into rows. If you pick the 7s math family and want to review 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, 63, 70, you will need to place the children into row of 10 because there are ten multiples of 7. Have your children play leapfrog over the children in front of them, but they must also say the multiples as they leap over each child so that all the children can hear them. Make sure you tell them that the next person in line cannot start leaping until the last number of the fact family is said. Keep playing until all the children have had a turn. You can also use this as a relay race to see which team does it the fastest.
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Start Your Home School Day Right with this Fun and Engaging Bible Study Curriculum for Preschool through Third Grade.
1. Each lesson in this curriculum is a thematic unit based on a letter of the alphabet, an animal starting with that letter, and a basic Bible truth.
2. Each thematic unit in this curriculum is used for one week reinforcing the main Bible truth and integrating it into every study area through games and activities. Areas include: math, reading, writing, science, physical fitness, and more.
3. The Bible lessons and activities in this curriculum are great for children who have special needs, such as children with ADD, ADHD, or other learning disabilities because all areas of study are reinforced using active learning and lots of sensory stimulation. Children learn while having fun!
4. The lessons and activities in this curriculum were designed for children preschool through third grade. You can use the same lesson for all these levels. The games and activities are made so you can adapt them to your child's needs and academic level.
To find out more about the ABC, I Believe Lessons AND receive the first four lessons for free go to the ABC, I Believe Home Page.
