Math is one of the hardest subjects in school. There are so many different aspects and concepts. Each of these concepts is a building block for the next one. Having a solid foundation for these building blocks is essential! Using games to strengthen these core skills can be beneficial to children and fun!
Math has never been easy for me. I am very creative and very right brained! Math is not one of those skills that clicks easily in my brain. However, I do have a good foundation of simple skills that helps me when I encounter more challenging problems in my adult life. For instance, teaching my children math skills and helping them with their homework! Children never want to believe that they will use these math skills later in life, but truthfully math stays with you your entire life. Having a good foundation of skills will greatly help you for the rest of your life. Yes, kids, you do use math as an adult!
A good foundation comes from practice and more practice. It comes from eventually memorizing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Some children catch on very quickly to these facts and other don’t. The key is to keep practicing with those children that don’t catch on quickly. All children need to learn their basic facts or they have nothing to build the rest of their math lessons on as they continue their math education.
These math war games will give children a chance to practice their basic math skills over and over again until hopefully, these basic math skills are automatic and quick! Children will constantly be reviewing while having fun. These games can be played in a classroom or at home. They can be played against any age level and at any age. Also, they are quick and easy to make.
So here’s how you play! I took the simple card game of war and gave it a twist to help practice math skills. This game can be played as a two player or multi-player game. If you are playing with two players you will distribute the cards evenly between the players. Each player will have their pile of cards face down. Each player will flip over their card and figure out the answer to the math problem on the card. Whoever has the larger answer is the winner of that round. The winner of the round keeps both cards. If you are playing a multi-player game the winner of the round takes all the cards from that round. If there is tie, then each player flips over the next card and whoever has the larger answer wins all the cards that have been flipped over including the cards from the tied round.
The game can end two different ways. You can end the game when you’ve gone through your entire pile of cards. Count the cards you’ve won and see who has the most cards. That person is the winner. You can also play until one person has all the cards in the deck. When you run out of cards on your pile you flip over the cards you’ve won and start again until someone has no cards left.
These FREE math war games practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and money. They are available for printing HERE if you are a subscriber. These games will last longer if you print them on thicker paper, like cardstock and laminate them. If you do not already subscribe to my site you can sign up HERE. You will receive a welcome e-mail and then a second e-mail shortly after with a password. This password will give you access to all of my FREE printables and you will receive a weekly update on all new posts.
Have fun practicing these math skills with these math war games! So easy to make and so fun to use!