This is a fun way for the kiddos to learn their math facts! If they're a bit young, use easier numbers. For the older, make it challenging!!! This will show you the step-by-step process of this easy at-home project! You can use multiple items you would usually throw away, and get creative!
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Step 1: Game Instructions
The game instructions are right here, you can print them out at your leisure! (I call the game Math-Land)
To start the game, the youngest goes first. The person to his/her right will go next.
Take a token and place it on the Start.
The first player takes one Symbols card, and two Number cards. The number that you draw first is the first number in the equation. Putting the symbol in between the two numbers on the card to form a proper equation, then the player has to solve it.
There will be a calculator, and the person to the left of the player who is trying to solve the problem will check their answer. If it is incorrect, they do not move their game piece at all.
If it is correct, they use the last digit of the answer, and move that many spaces. If the decks run out, then just reshuffle the used cards into the proper deck.
If over the period of two turns, if you land on two pink squares, you need to go backwards three spaces. If you land on two blues, you go forward one space.
Whoever makes it to the finish first, and completes the Final Question, will win the game. Remaining players will play until there is one person left.
Thanks for playing!
Don’t rush the math problems. Take a pencil and paper and work them out.
Also, the person with the calculator doesn't have to be entirely honest........
The person on the Final Question can have one hint.
Step 2: Materials
For this project you need:
- 2 markers, colors of your choice. (No white)
- One black marker(Or deep purple)
- 15 pieces of normal-sized paper
- One large piece. Poster paper, or 1' 10" x 1' 4"
- A highlighter if wanted
- A pen/pencil
Step 3: Formatting the Game Board
You could make it look like anything you want. Just make sure you can tell which way you move the game piece! I did an S. With anything you would like to do, make sure its like a block letter. After you find your shape, divide them into squares!
Step 4: Coloring and Place-mats
Coloring the board is easy! Use the two marker colors you chose, and put them in a pattern! In my case, it was blue-pink-blue-pink-blue-pink, etc. Make sure you put labels where the Start and Finish are, and I put a reminder on the side of the board, stating: If you land on 2 pinks in a row... etc. I only colored it part-way here, but you can go the full length.
The place mats are for the cards that you will make later. There will be three piles. The Symbols, (Like the multiplication (x) Addition(+) etc.) Numbers, and Final Question. The first two can go in a corner, they should be close to each other. The Final Question should be close to the Finish square.
Step 5: Making the Cards
You need to use the 15 sheets of paper for this. It is faster if you stack them all.(Or most) With the scissors, cut pieces that are about 4"x3" and as many of those as you can. Make two piles with 20 in them, and one with 40.
The two with 20 will be the Final Question and Symbol cards. There should be about 5 of each symbol (Or 10 addition and 10 subtraction) and the Final Questions should be hard.(For their age) They should be like a standard problem, so they only need to draw one card. (Example: 50+10006) There should be a wide range of numbers for the Number deck.
Step 6: Using the Cards
To use the Symbol and Number cards, you draw one Number, then one Symbol, and finally one Number. Place them in the order you drew, and solve the problem. Pencil and paper are allowed for the solver, but the person to their left has a calculator. For the Final Question, you are allowed one hint.
Step 7: Game Pieces
They can be almost anything! It could be a bead, a piece of string, ANYTHING! Whatever you have access to! This game is made for 2-6 players, but there could be more.
Step 8: Have Fun!
Using everything you've learned here, I hope you are successful at making your own Math-Land, or other game! Hope you ..............