Here is an idea for a FUN way to spice up addition fact practice. We called it “magic math!”
Gresham has been working on larger addition facts, and at this point in the school year, we’re honestly all tired of school work! Last night while I was planning for today, I had the idea to combine crayon resist and water color paints with math problems.
I made Gresham a worksheet with the facts that I wanted him to practice. Under each answer, I drew a box for the “magical check.”
After he finished the problems (I didn’t write the numbers in beforehand because Gresham was watching me make Owen’s magical math sheet and could read the white crayon numbers!), I filled in the answers with white crayon in the magical check box.
Then, Gresham painted with watercolors over each box to reveal the answer!
There were some surprising benefits to this activity:
- It was not Mom telling him that he was wrong. He was able to see for himself if his answers matched the correct answers.
- Correcting his math work was fun.
- And, he noticed his number reversals himself!
Of course, I couldn’t get out paints for Gresham without letting Owen paint too, so I made him a simple number matching page:
More ideas for practicing addition facts:
- Write them on the sidewalk with chalk. A good effort with math practice earns the chance to spray down the mess with the hose!
- Make a simple card game (not flashcards – something more fun!)
- Roll two dice and add the numbers.
- Write facts on a white board with dry erase markers.