My daughter, Monkey, is currently in fourth grade. She loves school, but has trouble memorizing her math facts. To help her out, we’ve come up with dozens of fun hands-on math activitiesto make her math facts more fun and memorable.
One of our favorite recent projects was math fact hopscotch (we also tried a preschool version).
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Hands-On Math: Math Fact Hopscotch
This hands-on math project requires just four things:
Cut your bubble wrap into squares about as large as your child’s feet. They should be able to rest both feet comfortably on each square to make things easier.
On each square, write a math fact that your child needs to memorize on the non-bubbly side. You can do addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, or division. We made things a little more complicated by writing the answer on some and the problem on others.
Tape the squares to the floor math fact side up. Arrange them so that the child has about four or five squares she can jump to from each other square. This makes it necessary to think a little harder during the activity.
Have your child wear socks during this activity. Socks help prevent the child’s feet from sticking to the bubble wrap and tearing it off the floor, we found.
Call out either the answer to a multiplication fact or the problem itself, depending on which square you want your child to jump to. For example, if you have written 10X11 on the square, you would call out “110.” The child will then jump to the correct answer and be rewarded with the popping of bubble wrap.
Keep going until there is no more pop in the bubble wrap. If your child gets the hang of one set of numbers before the pop runs out, cross out that set and write a new set of numbers on the bubble wrap squares.
Learning math facts has never been so fun or vigorous!
Brenda is the founder of STEAMsational- a STEM curriculum provider with thousands of hands-on science experiments for elementary kids. Her favorite things are STEM activities, reading, and coffee- not always in the same order.