Take math practice outside this summer! Here's a fun sidewalk chalk math game that reinforces basic math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It's the perfect combination of practice and play! Read on to find out more!
Grab a pack of sidewalk chalk and a black marker, and print out this free 10-sided die PDF file – that's all you're going to need to set up your sidewalk chalk math game!
The basic game board will look the same whether you are using addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. You will draw ten boxes stacked on top of one another. The picture below shows the boxes filled in with the numbers 1 through 10 for an addition game:
Print out the ten-sided die on a piece of heavy paper, such as card stock. Write a math fact on each side of the die. You should include one math fact for each sum (addition game) on the game board.
Cut out and fold the 10-sided die. Tape the die together. Here's how it will look:
Now you're ready to play the game.
Player 1 rolls the die. He says the complete math fact out loud. For example, if he rolls 6 + 1, he will say 6 + 1 = 7. If Player 1 states the fact correctly, he will move to the corresponding space. In our example, he would move to space 7. If he states the fact incorrectly, he loses his turn.
Player 2 takes her turn, following the same logic.
This game is played the same way as the addition version. The only difference is that you'll want to fill out your printable die with multiplication facts that equal the digits 1 through 10, squared. Hence, your game board will contain the following numbers: 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, and 100.
Here's our multiplication game board:
Now you'll follow the same rules outlined in the addition game, except using the multiplication die and game squares!
You can see how easy it is to adapt the game for subtraction and division too. Simply use a die and game board squares that reflect the math skill you want your kids to practice!
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