Remember making paper fortune tellers or cootie catchers as a kid? I remember making them ALL the time. The girls have made them, but I hadn’t thought to turn them into a math game. Then I stumbled upon this idea from Kids Activity Blog. Immediately I decided this would be our math lesson for the day as a way to practice the addition and multiplication facts. We had so much fun making these.
Add the numbers
There are so many possibilities for adding numbers to this fun origami game. Here’s a few to get your creative juices flowing.
- Addition 1—Write addition facts on the first inner flap and their answer on the second inner flap. Say the addition fact and the answer. Check the flap to see if you are correct.
- Addition 2—Write the numerals 2-9 on the first inner flap. Choose a number to practice adding, such as 4. Write the answer of adding the number on the first inner flap to your chosen number on the second inner flap.
- Multiplication 1—Write multiplication facts on the first inner flap and their answer on the second inner flap. Say the multiplication fact and the answer. Check the flap to see if you are correct.
- Multiplication 2—Write the numerals 2-9 on the first inner flap. Choose a factor to practice, such as 4. Write the answer of multiplying the number on the first inner flap times your factor on the second inner flap.
- Combinations—Write a problem on each outside flap. The answer is how many times to move the flap. Write a new problem or skip counting facts on the inner flaps. The answer is how many times to move the flap.
- Fractions—Kids Activity Blog explains how they practiced fractions.
You can even use this to practice Spanish vocabulary words, spelling words, or any other memorization you need to practice. The possibilities are endless!
Share with us how you use these fun games to encourage learning.
Find more math manipulative and game suggestions in the math manipulative post series.
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