Looking for a way to bring a bit of fun to your child’s addition and subtraction practice routine? Try out this basic math facts practice activity using numbered dice.
For more activities, resources, and printables for teaching math, see my Math Activities for Kids page.
For this activity, we used our set of whole number dice, a sheet of paper, and a pencil.
I provided my son with two numbered dice, one featuring numbers 1-6 and one featuring numbers 7-12. I also provided him with one dice featuring addition (+) and subtraction (-) signs. (You can purchase these great dice on Amazon.)
He rolled the dice, then formed them into an equation he could solve. (Note that when he rolled a ‘+’ sign, the order of the numbers didn’t matter. But when he rolled a ‘-‘ sign, he had to put the larger number on the left and the smaller number on the right. Some day when he begins working with negative numbers that won’t matter, but at this point he was only working with positive numbers.)
QBoy then wrote the equation on his paper and solved it.
Yay for new ways of making addition and subtraction practice more fun!
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More resources for teaching math
More math activities from Gift of Curiosity:
- Building a 3D rainbow measurement activity
- Advanced sorting with Venn diagrams
- Adding with chain links
- Matching and ordering by size
- Teaching combinations of 10
- Estimating an apple’s circumference
- Introduction to probability
- Put the numbers on the clothesline
- Road numbers
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