Make Your Own Math Game: Division & Remainders

14 Flares 14 Flares

Making math fun is one of my goals because (to be honest) math makes my brain flinch!

I have searched all year to find ways to make practicing facts more entertaining & this great game fit the bill.

Remainder Raccoon is one of my son’s favorite games to play!

This simple little game came from 25 Super Cool Math Board Games by Lorraine Hopping Egan and is geared towards kids in Grades 3-6.

The object of the game is to get your raccoon from start to finish first.  How do you do that?  Look at the number your Raccoon is standing on.  Spin the spinner, and divide the number you’re standing on by the number on the spinner.  Whatever the remainder is indicates how many spaces your Raccoon gets to move.

Sometimes, you’ll end up with a high remainder, but other times you’ll end up with a remainder of zero!

This is a game my son will beg to play round after round of.  During play, he is solving many, many long division problems…it’s so much better when it’s disguised within a game!

I really like the 25 Super Cool Math Board Games book because it is packed full of fantastic hands-on ways to have fun with math.  The pages are all printed in black & white, so I colored our game board & spinner because I like color.

Topics within the book include Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Mixed Computation, Fractions & Decimals, Geomerty & Measurement, Probability & Statistics, & Logical Thinking.  Whew!  This looks like enough review options to keep kids entertained for years…we have only played Remainder Raccoon and I can’t wait to play other games to review math concepts.

If you’re interested in making your own fun math games, check out these other ideas from the Quirky Mommas!

::Egg-O is a fun way to practice any type of math facts.  Easily my son’s favorite homemade game of all time!

::Pull out that PlayDough and explore lots of math concepts

::Draw a straight line…check out these ideas to get kids using a ruler to create patterns with straight lines

::Use beads & pipe cleaners to make a fun number matching game for your preschooler

Have you created any hands-on math activities?  Please share with us…we are always looking for ways to move away from the workbooks & dig into something interactive and FUN!

Heather spends time homeschooling, raising 3 great kids, & traveling with her family. She loves folding laundry but hates putting it away. She shares a love of Disney World with her Hubby, she's a cruise fanatic, & bird-watching hobbyist. You can follow her on Twitter as @CrazyZeus1.

From our partners:

1. Thanks for sharing this. These are terrific ideas, and I am looking for some new games for my kids to play with my grandparents when we visit. Really useful. Thanks!

2. Hi Heather, Lookin’ good! Remainder Raccoon, in color! So fun to see it in action.

I’m the author of the 25 Super Cool Board Games, and I thank you for taking the time to post. Click on my name to visit my author page, where you’ll find some freebie math puzzles. I looked for you on Twitter—no longer active? I’m @HoppingFun there (and just about everywhere).