Read on for addition fact strategies and nine no prep addition games!
Do you remember how you learned your addition facts?
My memory is a little fuzzy when I think back (over thirty years -ago – agh!) to first grade. But I remember flash cards. And as a new teacher, that was all I knew. In fact, our math series came with a giant set of colorful punch-out flash cards – one set for each student.
Can you guess where I’m going with this? Hint: it’s not to sing the praises of flash cards.
Are flashcards a good teaching tool?
I’m not opposed to flashcards IF they’re used after kids have developed some basic understandings.
While memorization of the addition facts is the end goal, it should come with hands-on practice and engagement with facts – not drill, drill, drill.
You know how some people automatically break down numbers in their head? You give them a big number to add or subtract, and they do it quickly. My husband is one of those people.
Then there are people like me.
I try to think it out, get a fuzzy brain, and then grab paper and pencil for some old-fashioned borrowing and carrying. All those flash cards helped me memorize the basic facts, but they didn’t teach me how to manipulate numbers.
What strategies do kids need when solving addition facts?
I’m glad you asked! I’ve created nine free printable addition games. The first six games each focus on a particular set of facts:
- +0, +1, +2
- Doubles facts
- Make 10 facts
- “Using 10’s” facts
- “Using doubles” facts
In the sidebar of each game you’ll find strategies that you and your learners might find helpful. If the sidebar is a distraction when your child is playing, you can fold it underneath the game.
Did I mention that these games are NO PREP? Just print and play!
How to play
- Take turns reading a fact and covering it, coloring it, or dotting it with a Do-a-dot marker (our favorite way to play!)
- Whoever gets four in a row first, wins.
The first game is an easy one. It reviews the +0, +1, and +2 facts.
The second game includes a set of facts I don’t remember on my first grade flashcards: adding ten.
For some reason, the doubles facts are usually easy and fun for kids to learn.
The next game features sums to ten. (Have you seen my free card game that features sums to ten?)
Here’s where strategy really comes into play. How can kids use their understanding of ten to solve the harder math facts?
Finally, kids can use what they know about doubles facts to play this game. We often call these “doubles plus one” facts.
The download also includes three mixed practice games, for a total of nine no prep addition games.
Get your free addition fact strategy games!
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Our four-year-old loves your learning games. She’ll pick this up easily. Thank you so much!
That’s great, Beth!
I saw that you were thinking about doing a set of games and strategies for subtraction. Have you gotten around to it yet?
Yes, they are! https://www.themeasuredmom.com/free-math-games-teach-subtraction-strategies/
Thank you these are perfect!
You’re very welcome, Kelly!
Thank you for all the fun games that have made our math block fun. I really like all the fun activities that you have created.
You’re welcome, Theresa!
My class is going to love the addition facts! thank You1
You’re welcome, Theresa!
Thank you very much for these great ideas
You’re very welcome, Shahinda!
Love these. I am not a “teacher” in a school anymore, but I am homeschooling my 4 young boys. Drill, drill, drill is not how math facts should be taught. I LOVE that you made these for using different strategies. Thank you!!!
You’re welcome, Ashley!
Right on! It’s often the simple ah ha-s we forget to pass on cause they are so ingrained in us and we forget they are not obvious to many of our young learners. Thanks for all you do to help us.
Thank you – these are great (and I love the special marker…). I always find something amazing on your website.
I super super love these! I’ll be watching to see if you make any games like this for subtraction strategies (right now we are trying to learn the strategy of counting up…it’s haaaaaard! Games like this would really help!).
Thank you for all your great games…I use a lot of them in my class of grade 1/2’s! 🙂
I’ve had that request a few times, Megan, so I know I need to do it! Not sure how soon, but maybe within a month.
My students and I LOVE these games for addition strategies. Everyone gets lots of practice using the addition strategies, and everyone is kept engaged by the logic and strategy element of game play. Thank you so very much! I have my fingers crossed that you have something similar in the works for subtraction strategy practice 🙂
I didn’t yet, but I will put that on my long term to do list. 🙂
Hi! My name is Erika and I love your recourses. I have a question. May I translate them? I would still only use them for my class and if colleagues would ask about them, I would refer to your site. Thank you so much for your hard work.
Hi Erika! I’m sorry, but for copyright reasons I cannot give you copies of my files to edit and translate.
Of course, I understand 🙂 Thank you!
Thank-you very much for this resource!
You’re very welcome!
Brilliant! I’ve been doing this for years with kids, but never could think of a way to create a printable showing the strategy! LOVE it!!
Thank you so much, Becky!!
Thank you! These are great – just what we need to practice! We play Addition War with a deck of cards, but it will be nice to add something new to the routine.
Addition War is a good one! Thanks for reminding me about that one. 🙂
Thank you so much. As always your printables are top notch and the best around. I love your site and all your wonderful ideas. Hopefully things are going to get better and better. I am sending prayers.
Thank you, Deborah! Things are starting to pick up. Thank you for your prayers!!