Thursday, February 4, 2016

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{FREE} Valentines Math Games for Preschool - 4th Grade!

It's Valentine's time!  Today I'm sharing our favorite math games with a {FREE} set of Valentine number cards!!




Our favorite math games are variations on "war," a game I used to play when I was a kid too!

Preschool Version:

Give each player 6-20 cards, depending on their age and attention span.

Each player places "his" deck in front of him upside down.  The game is played in rounds.  In Round 1, every player flips the top card of his deck right side up.  The player with the highest number wins the round and collects everyone else's cards.

Repeat in rounds until all the cards are used up.  Optionally, you can continue to play until one player has all the cards.

When two cards are the same or when the "Instant Battle" card is flipped over, the players "battle" by flipping four cards over, still upside down, and flipping one card of their choice over.  The highest number collects all the cards from the battle and the original two tying cards.

Kindergarten Version:

Divide the deck evenly between all players.

Each player places "his" deck in front of him upside down.  The game is played in rounds.  In Round 1, every player flips the top two cards of his deck right side up.  Each player adds the cards together and announces his score.  The player with the highest score wins the round and collects everyone else's cards.

Repeat in rounds until all the cards are used up.  Optionally, you can continue to play until one player has all the cards.

When two cards are the same or when the "Instant Battle" card is flipped over, the players "battle" by flipping four cards over, still upside down, and flipping two cards of their choice over.  The highest score collects all the cards from the battle and the original two tying cards.

3rd-4th Grade Version:

Each player places "his" deck in front of him upside down.  The game is played in rounds.  In Round 1, every player flips the top two cards of his deck right side up.  Each player multiplies the cards together and announces his score.  The player with the highest score wins the round and collects everyone else's cards.

Repeat in rounds until all the cards are used up.  Optionally, you can continue to play until one player has all the cards.

When two cards are the same or when the "Instant Battle" card is flipped over, the players "battle" by flipping four cards over, still upside down, and flipping two cards of their choice over.  The highest score collects all the cards from the battle and the original two tying cards.


Playing math games is loads of fun, especially when you combine it with seasonal themes like Valentine's Day!  It's a great way to review basic math facts, number recognition, and greater/less than skills!

Be sure to check out our collection of Valentine's activities -- perfect for a Valentine's theme -- here!!



And if you're looking for more elementary-level Valentine's activities, be sure to visit these great ideas:


Low Prep Rounding Activity by Life Over C's
Conversation Heart More or Less Activity by Raising Little Superheroes
Needle Felted Heart by Rainy Day Mum
Tile Printed Heart Cards from Peakle Pie
Broken Hearts Compound Words from School Time Snippets




I may share at any of these parties!




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2 comments:

Cerys Parker said...

Love this idea - we'll be downloading and giving it a go.

Kristina said...

Love how you included how the different age groups could use this printable! It's great that it can be used several different ways!