I hope everyone is doing ok in the midst of Sandy!
Well, recently I’ve been realizing that my huge mass of a metal desk would be awesome to use for all sorts of magnetic math games. I’ve got several ideas in mind, but a quick stop at Dollar General helped me get one game already in gear. I found these cute, little black buckets for Halloween. They only had nine, so I bought them all, but twelve would have been even better.
What I Did:
- I stuck some Hobby Lobby circle magnets on the back of each one (Walmart ones s***.)
- Then I placed Avery 5410 number stickers from 3 to 12 (except for 10) on each bucket.
- I also made some bottle cap division problems with the problem on top and the answer inside. This comes from a separate bottle cap math facts activity I do with my students that you can check out here.
- I stuck the buckets on the side of my desk and placed the bottle caps in a cleaned out Clorox wipe container.
Time to Play:
- While in math stations, students rotated to this game in groups of three.
- Taking turns, they chose a bottle cap and named the answer. They showed the inside to their partners who told them if they were correct or not.
- If they were correct, students tried tossing the bottle cap into the bucket with the right number on the front.
- If it went in, they earned a point. If they didn’t, they had to put it back in the pile of caps.
Loads of fun, and I can easily remove the buckets when it’s time to put up another game. One student even marked a toss line with tape (so bright!).
I tutor a 3rd grader, and we played the same game with subtraction bottle caps.
If you’d like to make this game with the labels I used, click the following links:
Number Labels 1-12 (I used Avery labels 5410), but you could just print them and Mod Podge them on.
Bottle Cap Math Fact Labels
Have a great week and hope you have lots of learning fun with your kiddos!