Today I’m sharing a simple math facts game using flashcards. Just grab a set of addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division flash cards… and you’re good to go!
Are you looking for a simple game to review math facts? My daughter is in second grade, and she is supposed to be practicing her addition facts a few times a week. She can either play a computer game or do the traditional flash card drill.
I’m not happy with either option.
After a long day at school, she needs to be interacting with me and her siblings… not sitting in front of a screen. And if we’re going to be talking to each other, I can’t bear it if it’s me holding up flash cards. Not how I want to spend our precious evenings!
So I created 15-in-a-row.
How to Play
1. Get a set of flash cards. You are welcome to print mine for free, but it may be cheaper to actually buy them when you consider the cost of computer ink. Flash cards are very inexpensive; you can purchase through these links if you’d like:
2. Set the cards in a stack, face down.
3. Take turns drawing a card, naming the answer, and placing it in front of you.
4. You will be building a row of cards, and they must be in numerical order by their answer. For example, “4+2” would be right before “3+4.”
5. When you have a card that has the same answer as another card you’ve already played, set it on top.
6. When you have 15 cards (or stacks of cards) in a row, you win! (Play 10 in a row if you need a shorter version.)
We hope you have fun with this one! It’s super simple, but it will give your child lots of basic facts practice. Not only does she need to answer each card she draws, but she has to remember what the answers are to the cards in front of her so she knows where to set it.
We’ve been playing it again and again!
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I’m actually taking this idea and applying it to the game war! Which we play on trips. Thank you for all of your fantastic ideas and resources.
Heather Groth, Customer Support
Great idea, Trisha! We love that!
Thanks for sharing. Homeschooling a first and third who need practice. I’m going to have them each have their own deck so they can do addition and multiplication, but still be playing together! I needed to have a way to get two birds with one stone, so to speak… and it will be a review for the third grader and a preview for the first! Bonus!
Heather Groth, Customer Support
Great idea, Donna! That’s a fabulous way to differentiate this game, while still allowing them both to play! I love it!
Thanks for the 25 way
I really apreciate your work. Thank you for sharing.
What a great idea–Thanks for the game info and the printable! I am working with my daughter (first grader) on ways to remember her addition and subtraction facts so this is a great start. Any way you have a copy of blank cards in a file that is editable so I can make more with subtraction facts that will match the design?! Or do you have a file already made with subtraction facts? I saw your rule/policy on altering the file but would love to use the flashcards and game for subtraction as well since she seems to be struggling a bit more with that vs addition.
Thanks so much for your time!
Here you go! https://www.themeasuredmom.com/free-subtraction-game/
Thanks a lot for what you done. It’s a great job and it realy helps me.
Aurore (teacher from France 😉 )
You’re welcome, Aurore!
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Wow, that’s great! I’ll have to give that suggestion to readers who are concerned about the cost of ink.
This game looks like fun! I like how the kids have to put the cards in order by answer!
Great idea! Adding to my math board!
Great – thanks! I’m going to use this for my first/second grade class!
You’re welcome, Jacqueline! I think they’ll enjoy it. 🙂