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21 Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids in Elementary School

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21 Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids in Elementary School

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Math teachers are always looking for cool math games and activities to share with students at the elementary and middle school levels. Using cool math games and activities in your lesson plans is a great strategy for boosting student engagement and excitement for learning math inside and outside of the classroom.

The following list of cool math games and activities for kids includes math video games, math board games, math puzzles and brain teasers, and other fun math game and activity ideas.

These cool maths games and activities are perfect for lesson plans, at home learning, summer session, and more. Which one will be your favorite?


Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids: Video Games

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1.) Prodigy

With over 900 crucial math skills for Grades 1 - 8, Prodigy is the perfect game for mastering mathematics both at home and at school (visit).

2.) Math Playground

Math Playground is a popular learning site filled with math games, logic puzzles and a variety of 
problem solving activities. A favorite of parents and teachers, Math Playground provides 
a safe place for children to learn and explore math concepts at their own pace (visit).

BrainPop Jr. shares a huge collection of fun, game-based learning math lessons.

BrainPop Jr. shares a huge collection of fun, game-based learning math lessons.

3.) BrainPop Jr

Gently encourages young learners to ask questions and form their own ideas about core math learning topics (visit).

4.) DreamBox Learning-Math

DreamBox Learning Math is an adaptive, online K-8 math program designed to complement classroom instruction and deliver results (visit).

5.) Monkey Math (iOS app)

Join your child’s favorite monkey in math games and activities in a playfully designed beach-themed world (visit)


Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids: Board Games

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6.) Sum Swap

Kids develop math fluency and early math skills basic as they play through the game board (learn more).

Kids love to play the  Sequence Numbers  game!

Kids love to play the Sequence Numbers game!

7.) Sequence Numbers

Match the addition or subtraction equation on the card to the correct answer on the board, and place your chip there (learn more).

8.) Dino Math Tracks Place Value Game

Learn place value, counting, addition, and subtraction with a prehistoric twist! (learn more)

9.) Pay Day!

This classic board game is much easier than Monopoly and teaches kids how to make and manage money (learn more)

10.) Pizza Fraction Fun Game

Segmented pizzas provide a multi-sensory way to introduce and explore fractions (learn more)


Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids: Math Puzzles

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11.) Daily Sudoku for Kids

Sudoku puzzles are a great activity for kids. They exercise the brain, help develop logical reasoning, and provide a sense of achievement (visit).

12.) Riddles from Math Warehouse

Your kids will have a blast with fun math riddles and brain teasers! (visit)

Get free math puzzles at www.mashupmath.com

Get free math puzzles at www.mashupmath.com

13.) Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Puzzles from Mashup Math

Sharing these fun, free, and printable daily math puzzles with your students is guaranteed to boost student engagement and get your kids exciting about practicing and learning math every day! (visit)

14.) Which One Doesn’t Belong?

Make your math warm-ups more visual and thought-provoking with Which One Doesn’t Belong? activities. They’re a great strategy for instantly sparking creative and critical student thinking (learn more and access free sample graphics).

15.) Two Truths and One Lie! (2T1L)

2T1L is a fun way to spark deep mathematical thinking and open discussion at the start (or end—2T1L activities make great exit tickets) of any lesson (learn more and access sample activities)


Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids: Fun Activities

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16.) The Barbie Bungee Jump!

The Barbie Bungee Jump Experiment is a super fun, hands-on, group STEM lesson idea (learn more).

17.) The Human Number Line

Fraction Kits are simple and highly effective.

Fraction Kits are simple and highly effective.

Every student receives a card with a value on the front and they have to stand side-by-side to create a human number line! Make this activity extra challenging by only allow certain students to speak (or none at all). (video example)

18.) Fraction Kit

Creating fraction kits is a great way to get your kids exploring equivalent fractions and acquiring a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic (learn more)

19.) Math Facts Hopscotch

Challenge kids to a game of hopscotch, multiplication hopscotch that is. Get some fresh air while skip counting and hopping! (learn more)

20.) The Famous Four 4’s Activity

Can you find every number between 1 and 20 using only four 4’s and any operation? (Here’s an example √4 + √4 + 4⁄4 = 5). (learn more)

21.) Candy Math!

Using candy as a hands-on math learning tool is a great way to make good use of all the piles of candy at Halloween or Easter and to boost student engagement (get 30+ Amazing Candy Math Activities for Kids).


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What fun math Activities are you sharing with your kids this week? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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Free Math Brain Teaser Puzzles for Kids in Grades 1-6 to Celebrate Snack Food Month!

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Free Math Brain Teaser Puzzles for Kids in Grades 1-6 to Celebrate Snack Food Month!

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Are you looking for some fun and printable math brain teaser puzzles for kids elementary school?

If so, the following collection of 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade math brain teaser puzzles for kids will be a perfect addition to your lesson plans during the month of February.

All of these free math brain teaser puzzles can be used a key component of your lesson, as a warm-up, do-now, or anticipatory set, as a cool-down, or even as a homework assignment.

And since February is National Snack Food Month, a time celebrate your favorite snack foods, whether they be healthy or unhealthy, these super fun, brand new snack foods math puzzles are perfect for celebrating in your classroom!

The puzzles are tiered by difficulty using the color system from my brand new PDF workbook: The Big Book of Super Fun Math Puzzles for Grades 1-6 !

Pink (Grades 1 & 2) | Blue (Grades 3 & 4) | Green (Grades 5 & 6)


1.) Pink Level (Grades 1-2)

Solution:

Chips=4

Cookie=6

Popcorn=3

?=7

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2.) Blue Level (Grades 3-4)

Solution:

Chips=8

Pretzel=8

Cookie=13

Popcorn=5

?=80

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3.) Green Level (Grades 5-6)

Solution:

Chips=14

Pretzel=14

Cookie=8

Popcorn=13

?=222

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Do you want over 300 more math puzzles and activities just like these?

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What fun February Math Activities are you sharing with your kids this year? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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The Best Math Christmas Word Problems for 5th grade

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The Best Math Christmas Word Problems for 5th grade

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Are you looking for super fun and engaging free Math Christmas Math Worksheets for 5th Grade (level 5) that are printable and easy to share?

Word problems help students think logically and creatively while applying their math skills to real-world scenarios (which is super fun when those scenarios are Christmas-related).

So go ahead and add some of the fun 5th Grade Christmas Word Problems (Grade 5) to your upcoming lesson plans before winter break or Christmas vacation (these activities are perfect for the last day before your kids leave for vacation).

Each 5th Grade Christmas Maths Word Problem (Grade 5) can be used a key component of your lesson, as a warm-up, do-now, or anticipatory set, as a cool-down, or even as a homework assignment.

The word problems cover topics including adding and subtracting fractions, equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting decimals, and multiplication and division.

The Christmas Math Word Problems for 5th Grade are super cute and engaging and your 5th graders will love them!


1.) Christmas Math Word Problem #1: Shop Till You Drop!

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Answer:

X + 2X + 3X = 720 —- X=120

Alvin spent $120, Lorie spent $240, and Chris spent $360

Try It! Share this free Christmas Word Problem with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.

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2.) Christmas Math Word Problem #2: Reindeer Feed

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Answer: 5/30 pounds were fed at dinner

Try It! Share this free Christmas Word Problem with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.


Are you looking for more daily math challenges and puzzles to share with your kids?

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


3.) Christmas Math Word Problem #3: Cookie Bake

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Answer: Rej would need 2.4 cups of sugar and 0.06 cups of cinnamon.

Try It! Share this free Christmas Word Problem with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.


What 5th Grade Christmas Math Activities are you sharing with your kids this year? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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5 Awesome Christmas Math Activities for 5th Grade

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5 Awesome Christmas Math Activities for 5th Grade

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Are you looking for some fun, engaging, printable, and free Christmas Math Activities for 5th Grade (level 5)?

If so, the following collection of 5th grade Christmas Math activities will be a perfect addition to your lesson plans leading up to Christmas vacation (these activities are great for sharing on the last day before students leave for break.

Each 5th Grade Christmas Math Activity can be used a key component of your lesson, as a warm-up, do-now, or anticipatory set, as a cool-down, or even as a homework assignment.

The Christmas Math activities are super fun and engaging and your 5th graders will love them!


1.) 12 Days of Holiday Math Challenges

The following printable Christmas math worksheets for 5th grade will add some merry mathematics into your upcoming lessons.

Each Christmas Math worksheet shares a holiday math puzzle and solution.

Try It! Click here to access all 12 Days of Holiday Math Challenges!

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2.) The Grinch Math Puzzle for 5th Grade

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Use your math skills to find the value of each icon.

Grinch = 11

Hat = 2

Tree = 9

? = 22

Try It! Share this free Christmas Math Activity with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.


Are you looking for more daily math challenges and puzzles to share with your kids?

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


3.) Which One Doesn’t Belong? (WODB)

Instead of working on practice problems during a lesson's warm-up, students will be shown 4 somewhat related images and have to apply their reasoning skills to decide which of the images does not belong.

And here’s the catch….WODB activities do not have a single correct answer. The activity is designed to be interpreted in a variety of different ways in order to spark deep mathematical thinking and discussion (in small groups, whole class, or both).

Want to learn more about WODB and get more free samples? click here

Try It! Try using the WODB graphic below prior to a lesson on percentages.

 
Click here  to get more free WODB graphics like this.

Click here to get more free WODB graphics like this.

 

Are you looking for more daily WODB? math graphics?

You can now share 101 daily WODB warm-up activities for grades 1-9 with your kids with our PDF workbook!


4.) Christmas Math Activity for 5th Grade: Multiplication Table

Multiplication tables work like a Bingo board, where the value of each box represents the product of its corresponding row and column.

Try It! Share this free Christmas Math Activity with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.

Key:

Gingerbread House=6

Gingerbread Man=12

Hot Cocoa=4

Gum Drop=24

Candy Cane=16

Hard Candy=18

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5.) Holiday Math Riddle for Grade 5

This 5th Grade Christmas Math Riddle is a fan favorite! Try it with your grade 5 students today!

Try It! Share this free Christmas Math Activity with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.

Key: X + 2X + 3X = 720 —- X=120

Alvin spent $120, Lorie spent $240, and Chris spent $360

 
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What 5th Grade Christmas Math Activities are you sharing with your kids this year? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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5 Effective Strategies for Improving Your Math Warm Up Activities

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5 Effective Strategies for Improving Your Math Warm Up Activities

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Are your daily math warm up activities engaging enough to truly capture your students’ focus?

The most effective lesson-opening activities (engagement hook, anticipatory set, warm-up, etc) do two things: assess your students’ prior knowledge and build anticipation for the lesson ahead.

Achieving this goal requires a solid mix of fun and engaging strategies and activity ideas (and rarely relying on assigning routine practice problems).

For some awesome tips and activity ideas for how to improve your warm up activities and make the most of the first five minutes of your lessons, check out my brand new list of effective strategies:


1.) Show a Video Clip

Some math concepts are meant to be seen, and sometimes your students will need visual aids to help grasp complex mathematical ideas. By starting class with a short video clip, you are engaging your students’ ability to think about math visually—a a mindset which will sustain throughout the remainder of the lesson, to everyone’s benefit.

Try It! Try using the video clip of Unit Rates in the Real-World below prior to teaching a lesson on solving word problems involving unit rates.

 
 

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2.) Puzzles and Challenges

Engaging math challenges and puzzles are a great tool for giving your kids opportunities to have fun while problem solving and thinking mathematically at the same time, especially if you want to prevent them from growing bored of routine practice problems.

Try It! Try sharing this fun math puzzle with your kids at the start of your next lesson and watch your students’ engagement and interest sky rocket!

 
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Are you looking for more daily math challenges and puzzles to share with your kids?

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


3.) Which One Doesn’t Belong? (WODB)

Instead of working on practice problems during a lesson's warm-up, students will be shown 4 somewhat related images and have to apply their reasoning skills to decide which of the images does not belong.

And here’s the catch….WODB activities do not have a single correct answer. The activity is designed to be interpreted in a variety of different ways in order to spark deep mathematical thinking and discussion (in small groups, whole class, or both).

Want to learn more about WODB and get more free samples? click here

Try It! Try using the WODB graphic below prior to a lesson on percentages.

 
Click here  to get more free WODB graphics like this.

Click here to get more free WODB graphics like this.

 

Are you looking for more daily WODB? math graphics?

You can now share 101 daily WODB warm-up activities for grades 1-9 with your kids with our PDF workbook!


4.) Think-Notice-Wonder (Writing Prompt)

Writing about math encourages creativity, exploration, and communicating one's thoughts and feelings, which leads to deep and meaningful understanding of difficult math concepts.

Think/Notice/Wonder is a great strategy for getting your kids engaged in math writing every day.

Want to learn more about how to use TNW math activities with your kids? click here

Try It! Try using the graphic below before a lesson on solving equations.

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Want more? Download 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts for Engaging Your Kids

You can now share 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts with your kids with our PDF workbook!


5.) Two Truths and One Lie (2T1L)

2T1L activities help your kids to develop reasoning skills, make logical arguments, express their ideas in words, and engage with visual mathematics—which ultimately leads to deeper and more meaningful understanding of challenging topics and concepts.

Try It! Try using the 2T1L graphic below to start your next lesson! 

 
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Looking to Share More 2T1L With Your Kids This Year?

You can now share 101 Two Truths and One Lie Math Activities for Grades 3-5 with your kids with our PDF workbook!


What strategies are you using to engage your kids during the first five minutes of class? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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