It was the turning point for me. I was sitting in a college teaching class, and the base ten blocks came out. The instructor proceeded to inform us how to teach subtraction with regrouping using base ten blocks. Though he was there to teach me how to teach a concept, he actually brought an understanding that hadn't happened in years of schooling. Math had never been my subject. I didn't understand it. Definitely couldn't do it in my head. And Keep Reading...

## ‘Ten Fish’: An Addictive Make Ten Math Game for Kids

Are you looking for fun ways to develop your child's number sense and early math skills? Although there are countless games you could play and dozens of fancy manipulatives you could employ, one of the best and easiest tools to use is a ten frame. Ten frames are a powerful visual that help our brains make sense of numbers. And so when you can combine this handy visual with fun and engaging games? Well, you've got a winner for sure! Learn more Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Get Them in Order: Comparing Fractions Game

For many kids, wrapping their head around fractions-what they are, what they represent, how they're used-is a huge challenge. And at first glance, comparing fractions makes no sense, because it seems to go against what they've been previously taught (bigger value=bigger number). In order to work with and compute with fractions, kids need to have a strong fraction sense, and this includes understanding how fractions compare to each other. This Keep Reading...

## I Know My Shapes: FREE Shape Games for Kids

One of the earliest math concepts kids learn is shapes. Shapes are all around us and can be a really fun and easy way to show kids math in the real world. But even though we can introduce preschoolers to basic shape concepts doesn't mean that there's nothing more to explore as kids get older. So I hope this fun and free set of shape games for kids gives you some ideas to explore shapes and shape attributes more deeply. *Please Note: This Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Convert Fractions to Decimals Game: Grades 4-6

Decimals and fractions are quite a struggle for so many of our students. One concept that is incredibly important though, that takes a lot of practice is converting fraction to decimals and vice versa. So when we use hands-on ways to teach these concepts it helps them to understand deeply. Then we can provide fun ways for them to practice. This convert fractions to decimals game is a great way to get in some fun practice! *Please Note: This Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Simple Fact Family Games for Kids

If you teach kindergarten through second grade, chances are you have explored fact families with your students. But why do fact families matter? How does working with fact families help student understanding? Today I'm going to explain what fact families are and provide some super simple, one page fact family games so you can practice with your kids. There are a variety of options, allowing you to differentiate easily. There are also small group Keep Reading...

## Double Digit Multiplication Practice: FREE Board Games

My children are so excited about Christmas. It actually started before Thanksgiving, since I try to get a feel for what they're wanting. (With a large family, I can't buy all our Christmas presents in one month!) This excitement has only continued as we've put up our tree, wrapped presents, and consumed all the sugar. (So much sugar this time of year!) Despite all the enthusiasm over this festive time of year, we still have some learning that Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Least Common Multiple Practice for Grades 4-6

It's crazy how connected math is. Often children struggle in higher math because they didn't fully grasp a concept from earlier years. Children probably aren't going to understand decimals without understanding what a fraction is. Can they grasp the concept of negative numbers and not have good number sense? What about adding fractions without common denominators when they don't know their multiplication times tables? Every lesson in math is an Keep Reading...

## 30+ Amazing Candy Math Activities for Kids

Let's face it-kids love candy. And while we, as the adults, have to make sure they don't go overboard with the sweets, it can be a fun treat from time to time and can certainly make difficult math concepts more fun and engaging. Plus, doing some candy math with your kids can also be a great way to make good use of all the piles of candy at Halloween or Easter. Whatever the occasion, you will find all sorts of candy math activities in this list, Keep Reading...

## Candy Corn Math: Hands On Activities {With FREE Printables}

I will admit it, I have a deep love of candy corn. It's really a huge blessing that it's only available for a short time each fall, because otherwise my health and weight would suffer. And so, since candy corn is such a special treat, and I obviously needed an excuse to buy it the second it hit the shelves, I had to combine it with learning for some fun, hands on candy corn math. Because how else can you justify buying the giant bag from Sam's Keep Reading...

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