Today we would like to share with you some more outdoors (or indoors) active games that will encourage children to practice some basic math skills while hopping, running, and aiming.
Most of us have played hopscotch as kids. How about using chalk to create some interesting active math games for children to play outside. The goal is to get some exercise while practicing some basic skills.
Game 5: Multiples
The players walk around the circle. One of the players or the adult announces a number. The players have to get in the tile with a factor of that number. For example, if the announced number is 12 they need to run and stand in 4, 3, 2, or 6. If you wish to make the game competitive, you can decide that the last player in a factor is out, like musical chairs.
To play this game the players need to understand multiplication and know at least some of their multiplication facts like the tables of 2,3, 5 ,10. The players might not be at the same level so you can modify the game.
How to modify:
You can start with fewer factors like 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 and announce their smaller/”easier” multiples, like 12, 14, 15, 30, 40,
Here are some ideas based on the level.
For level 4 (grades 4 and up) if the number is prime (not multiple of any of the factors) the players must go in the inner circle.
If you have space inside the house, you can play these games indoors as well. “Draw” the shapes on the floor with painters tape, or use foam floor mats.
With the current situation, it is up to us parents to make sure that our children are playing in a safe place. We recommend that children play in places where only the family has access to or it’s on your property. (back yard, driveway) If you choose to play in a public area (park) make sure you keep a safe distance from others (one family at a time). You can also choose to play indoors.
We hope our games keep your brain and body active and strong. Our intention is to provide ideas that will encourage you to create your own games as well. Share your games with us and let us know if our games work for you.
More active game ideas coming very soon!