I am a huge fan of using games to practice arithmetic. The students are motivated and engaged and practicing important skills in relevant settings and deepening their understanding by applying strategy and problem solving. It's really a win-win-win-win-win situation!
Most math games require either dice or cards. I must admit that number cards are some of the most used items in my classroom. You can use decks of playing cards or even UNO cards for math games, but I didn't want to store the larger size. Also, I color code each set of my cards so if something goes missing I know where it belongs. And I think having the ten-frame on each card helps the kiddos visualize what they're working with.
You can download a set of number cards here. There are numbers from 0-10 and Wilds. I print each set on a different color of cardstock and laminate. I can usually get about 3-4 years of classroom use out of a set of cards.
These cards can help you teach almost any arithmetic skill. Who wouldn't rather practice addition with a game than a worksheet?? We've already talked about two of our favorite math games here. But those don't even scratch the surface of possibility!
At the first SEP conference of the year, my grade level sends home a set of number cards and a packet of games. You can access the game list here. It includes instructions for 23 games (including our favorite Tens Go Fish).
The games are listed (roughly) from easy to difficult. Topics include addition, subtraction, place value, and multiplication.
So, what are you waiting for? Deal the cards!
We're linked up at Math Monday and ABC and 123.