Triple Dare

Each player gets three cards and privately determines the highest three-digit number they can make (you can use decimals or not, depending on age). Then, each player has a turn to stick with the cards they have, swap with one from the deck, or steal one of the other player’s. All players then lay down their best number to see who wins. See more at the link below.

Learn more: Math Coach’s Corner

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Fraction Game: My Closest Neighbor

Players: two to four.

Equipment: two players need one deck of playing cards, three or four players need a double deck.

How to Play

three-eighths-of-clubsRemove the jokers from your deck of playing cards. Each number card will represent its face value, aces count as one, and face cards as twelve.

Deal five cards to each player. Set the remainder of the deck face down in the middle of the table as a draw pile.

You will play four (or more) rounds:

  • Closest to zero
  • Closest to one
  • Closest to 1/2
  • Closest to two
  • Closest to 3/4 (optional)
  • Closest to 1/3 (optional)

In each round, players choose two cards from their hand to make a fraction that is as close as possible (but not equal) to the target number. Draw two cards to replenish your hand.

The player whose fraction is closest to the target collects all the cards played in that round. If there is a tie for closest fraction, the winners split the cards as evenly as they can, leaving any remaining cards on the table as a bonus for the winner of the next round.

After the last round, whoever has collected the most cards wins the game.

From: Denise Gaskin

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Declare a Fraction War

Students deal two cards, flips them to make a numerator and denominator, then determine whose fraction is the largest. The winner keeps all four cards, and play continues until the cards are gone.. Comparing fractions gets a little tricky, but if kids plot them on a fraction number line first, they’ll be practicing two skills at once. 

Learn More: Mrs. Weigand’s Mathematics Resources

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Multiplying Dominoes

 
 

Third Grade Math Games

Eventually, kids will have to memorize multiplication facts, and this quick and easy domino game can help. Each player flips a domino and multiplies the two numbers. The one with the highest product gets both dominoes.

Learn more: Fun Games 4 Learning

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Divide and Conquer

 

Third Grade Math Games

Think Go Fish, but instead of matching pairs, the aim is to match two cards in which one can divide evenly into the other. For instance, 8 and 2 are a pair, since 8 ÷ 2 = 4.

Learn more: cuppacocoa

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How to Play Make a Buck

The object of this game is to be the first person to collect ten cards that exactly equal $1.00.

  • This game is played using a complete deck of cards.  In this game, Ace = $0.01, Two = $0.02, Three = $0.03, … Tens = $0.10, Jack = $0.11, Queen = $0.12 and King = $0.13.
  • To begin, shuffle the deck and deal ten cards to each player.
  • Players then take turns drawing and discarding one card at a time until the deck of cards is depleted or a player collects exactly $1.00.
  • This means it will involve a bit of logic and problem solving to discern which cards to keep and which to discard, as well as thinking through possible ways to collect $1.00.
  • The first player to collect ten cards that equal $1.00 wins that round and earns 1 point.
  • If no one has $1.00 after the deck is depleted, the person closest (without going over) earns .5 of a point.

The player with the most points at the end of ten rounds wins!

From: Math Geek Mama

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Count your Dots

Third Grade Math Games

Multiplication is a new skill for third grade math students, but it builds on concepts they’ve mastered in earlier grades. This card game helps them make the connections. Each player flips two cards, then draws a grid and makes dots where the lines join. They count the dots, and the person with the most keeps all the cards.

Learn more: Teach Beside Me

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Prime and Square Number – Dump a Dice Game

This online board game has you thinking ahead where you may want to land (on a square number) while avoiding landing on a prime number.  Give it a try and play with someone or against yourself. 

Dump a Dice Game

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Division 1 Racing [Printable Math Game]

 From: Deceptively Educational 

  • 10 small toy cars
  • Division 1 Racing track (Download it here; cut and tape together.)
  • Division 1 Racing playing cards (Download it here; this 13-page PDF has 100 division problems. Print and cut the cards apart.)
  • Division tables (for when kids get stumped; we used the one here)

How to Play

  • For multiple players, decide who’s racing what cars in which lanes. 
  • We took turns drawing a card, answering the problem and moving the car that was in the same numbered lane as the answer. 
  • The object was to answer the problems correctly and watch to see which car would cross the finish line first.
  • This game could easily be played with multiple players – as many as 10 or more if they were solving problems as teams. If your child is playing alone, consider making the track shorter to keep them from getting fatigued and frustrated before the race is won.
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24

Use order of operations to get to 24.

Math Card Games Learn With Math Games

Math card games aren’t just for little kids; even adults will find this one a bit tricky. Each player is dealt four cards, then uses the order-of-operations rules to try to make a number as close to 24 as possible. Simple but challenging!

Learn more: Learn With Math Games

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