# Tag: Counting Game

## Math Fun At Christmas

Here’s a timely article on helping students learm math at Christmas time.

Christmas Math Activities

Christmas math activities are an ideal classroom treat during the time leading up to Christmas. However there are lots of Christmas math activities that are also ideal for home. These Christmas activities with a focus on math are an ideal way to make math practice fun and to get kids really enthusiastic about math.

Try these Christmas math activities with the kids and you are sure to have them begging for more.

Christmas Counting
This is a version of the counting game Buzz. For the Christmas version, you just need to replace the word ‘buzz’ with a Christmas word. You could use the word ‘Santa’ or the word ‘reindeer’ instead of ‘buzz’. To play the game, the children count around the group with each person taking a turn to say a number. When they get to the number 7, any multiple of 7 or any number containing a digit 7, they simply say ‘Santa’ instead of saying the number. If a player says the number instead of saying ‘Santa’ they are out. The counting will go like this, ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Santa, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Santa.

The aim of the game is to count as far as possible with no one making a mistake or it can be played as an elimination game with the last person left in the game being the winner. It can also be played using a different number as the ‘Santa’ number. Try it with the number 5 for an easier version of the game or try it with 8 or 9 for a more difficult version.

Santa’s Sleigh
This Christmas math activity is ideal for practicing any basic math skills that you choose. You will need a picture of a sleigh and pictures of 8 reindeer for each player or team. The children can be involved in drawing the reindeer pictures and might like to name each reindeer also. The object of the game is to be the first player or team to add the 8 reindeer in front of Santa’s sleigh.

Two players or teams compete to be the first to answer the question. You could use basic addition facts for the game or more complex calculations involving decimal numbers or percentages. The first player to answer correctly wins a reindeer to add in front of their sleigh. The reindeer can be taped or pinned onto the sleigh. The first player or team with eight reindeer is the winner.

There are many, many different ways to give your math practice a Christmas flavor. Use the Christmas math activities above to make math more interesting but also consider some other educational Christmas activities. Try some Christmas word puzzles like a Christmas ‘Word Find’ or play a game of Christmas hangman with Christmas words. You could also try a game of Christmas bingo using Christmas words. Hope these ideas help to make Christmas more fun for the kids. Merry Christmas!

Terri Evans is a teacher and parent who has created a set of Christmas printables. Visit www.kids-christmas-activities.com to get your set of free printable Christmas games and activities. Click Here www.kids-christmas-activities.com.

I hope your Christmas and /or holidays are a great fun-filled time for both you and your students!

## Math at Easter-Time

The holidays can be lots of fun for children. Not just because they get candy and gifts, but because they also get off from school!

But just because they’re off from school, doesn’t mean that you can’t still help them learn math!

Teresa Evans wrote a nice article for ezinearticles.com which helps you take advantage of Easter and teach your children math while still making it fun.

Easter Math Is Fun Math

Easter is an exciting time for kids. But the good thing is that you can use that excitement to help kids develop their math skills. Turning regular math into Easter math makes math much, much more exciting. You can use Easter math games or Easter Brain Teasers and the kids will beg you for more.

Below are some simple ways that you use Easter math in the classroom or at home.

Bunny Hop
Here is a simple Easter math game that you can use to practice any basic math skill. You start by selecting a start line and a finish line. Next two children compete to jump from the start to the finish by taking two bunny hops every time they answer a question correctly. You can use any questions that help kids to practice the skill that you want. For example you could ask ‘6 times 8’, ‘half of 34’ or ‘What is the number before 87’? The first child to answer correctly takes two jumps and the first one to reach the finish line is the winner.

Easter Counting
You may know the old favorite counting game Buzz. But did you know that you can easily turn this into an Easter math game by replacing the word ‘Buzz’ with an Easter word. Try using ‘Bunny’ or ‘Easter Egg’ instead. The kids sit in a circle and count around a circle but replace the number 7, each multiple of 7 and every number containing a 7 digit with the word ‘Bunny’. If a child says the number instead of saying ‘Bunny’ they are out.

This is a tricky game that requires concentration and a good knowledge of multiples. You can also try playing it with other digits instead of 7. For example, you could use 5 or 10 for an easier version or use 8 or 9 to make a more challenging version.

Easter Brain Teasers
Brain teasers are a great way to get kids thinking math. Many number problems can also be made a lot more interesting by using Easter as a theme for the problem. Here are a few that you can start with.

The Easter Bunny has 15 Easter Eggs in a Basket. He gives our 3 then collects 7 more then gives 6 children 2 eggs each. How many eggs in the basket now?
You can easily change the numbers in this one and then have a completely new problem to present.

Tom has been dyeing eggs. He used green and red dye. If he has dyed 17 eggs and he has 5 more red eggs than green eggs. How many eggs does he have of each color?

How many eggs did I find in the Egg Hunt? I found between 10 and 30. The number is divisible by 4 but not by 7 or 8. I found an even number of eggs.

There are many different ways to use Easter math get kids adding, multiplying, comparing and using other math skills. You’ll find that kids will definitely agree that Easter makes math loads more fun.

Terese Evans is a teacher and parent who uses games to get kids excited about learning. She shares her favorite Kids Easter Activities including Easter worksheets, board games, card games and game sheets at http://www.kids-easter-activities.com. You can receive your own printable Easter Activities for Kids when you visit http://www.kids-easter-activities.com.

While the kids may all agree, I know that I certainly do too!

Have a great Springtime and Easter (if you celebrate it)!

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## Halloween And Math? Yes!

So you’re picking out the Halloween costumes for your child to get ready for the upcoming Trick or Treating, and you want it to be an educational experience for your child as well … right?

Terri Evans has a great idea to help reinforce math principles to your children during this very spooky holiday! Here’s the article Terri wrote:

## Halloween Math Makes Math More Interesting

Halloween math is a great way to motivate kids to actually want to do math. Let’s face it, math isn’t always a favorite subject. But it will quickly become a favorite when you add a Halloween twist to math practice. There are many different skills that can be practiced by adding a Halloween twist to math practice. Below are my three favorite ways to get kids excited about math as Halloween approaches.1. Grab Some Pumpkins There are many different Halloween math activities that can be done with a few pumpkins. Get about 6 or 7 pumpkins and label each of them with a letter or to make it even more fun let the kids give each one a name. Now the kids can get involved in estimating and measuring. Have them order the pumpkins according to weight, from the smallest to the largest. Then they can estimate how much each pumpkin weights. They can also estimate the circumference of each pumpkin and then the height and width of each one. If this is a bit difficult for the kids, do the measuring for one of the pumpkins first so that the kids will have some idea of the mass and measurements on one pumpkin before they do their estimating for the others.

After all of the estimating has been done it is time to start measuring. Get out the scales and some measuring tapes and record the weight, circumference, height and width of each. Children can then record their results and see how accurate their estimates were.

2. Halloween Buzz Buzz is a counting game that has been played by kids for ages. It can quickly become a Halloween math game just by changing the word ‘buzz’ to a Halloween word. You might like to use ‘Dracula’, ‘Boo’ or ‘trick or treat’. Start with multiples of seven being the banned numbers that have to be replaced by the buzz word.

To play the kids just go around the group counting in ones but when they get to the number seven, any multiple of seven or any number that contains a seven, they say the buzz word instead. If they don’t they are out. So the counting should sound like this – one, two, three, four, five, six, ‘boo’, eight, nine ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, ‘boo’ etc. Sounds easy but does require concentration and also a good knowledge of multiples.

3. Build a Skeleton In this Halloween math game, two teams or two players compete against each other. This game involves choosing a basic skeleton shape to be drawn as the game progresses. A math question or problem is given and the first player or team to answer correctly wins the right to draw a piece of the skeleton. The first team or player to complete the skeleton is the winner. To make it even more fun paper skeletons can be bought and pulled apart. The winner of each round can then take one piece of their skeleton. The game is over when one player or team has all of the pieces of the skeleton.

Not all kids like math but when math becomes Halloween math this will change and the kids will be begging for more. Hope the kids enjoy these Halloween math activities. Happy Halloween!