Starting in first grade and carrying on into second, kids are expected to memorize math facts. It’s flash cards, flash cards, flash cards, people. You have to get these numbers into their little brains somehow, because they would look a little silly in college counting on their fingers.
I’ll spare you the lecture on how important rote memorization of math facts is, and skip on over to my kids’ favorite way to practice. It’s a little game I made up one day called “Snacky Math Facts.” The rules are simple:
- If you answer a flash card right, you get to scoop some cheerios into your bowl.
- Get as many right as you can in one minute.
I set a timer on my phone for one minute, and flash the cards on at them. Once the timer is up, they pass the snack bowl onto the next sibling, and they eat up their snack while waiting for their next turn. I change up which snacks we do, depending on how healthy I want to be and how close it is to dinnertime.
Some fun foods we’ve done as snack:
- One per correct answer – pretzels, grapes, apple slices, marshmallows
- One scoop per correct answer – cheerios, craisins, trail mix
Everyone loves this game. My kindergarteners beg to play it. My preschooler joins in with color flash cards. How about you? What do you to make flash cards exciting? (Because, really I could use a few of your ideas too.)
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