Summertime Math Games
I don’t know about you, but my child loves to spend every waking minute outside during the summer. While I am glad he loves to run around and play, it also makes it hard to find time to review the math concepts he learned during the school year. You can use these ideas to not only spend some time playing with your child but also to reinforce some common math concepts.
Counting with Hopscotch
Hopscotch is a simple game that only requires chalk and some small rocks. Use the chalk to draw a hopscotch game on a flat area of pavement. Children take turns throwing a rock into one of the game spaces. They have to hop all the way to the end of the game board while skipping over the space with the rock. On the way back to the start line, the child stops to pick up his rock before finishing. Each space is given a number which children can say out loud as they hop. Traditionally, the numbers are from 1 to 10, but you could also practice skip counting by changing the numbers you write in the spaces. (You could count by 2’s, 5’s, or 10’s.)
Frisbee is another common summertime math game that is easy to play. You can make it math related by incorporating addition or subtraction facts. Whoever is throwing the Frisbee gets to say an addition or subtraction fact. The person catching the Frisbee has to answer the math fact correctly as well as catch the Frisbee. Then it is their turn to throw and ask a math fact. Kids love to play Frisbee, but they also like to think that they are quizzing their parents on math facts too!
These are just two ways to add some simple summertime math into games that your child probably already plays outside during the summer.
What other ways do you practice summertime math with your child?