These DIY math puzzlers are the perfect math game and are essentially popsicle stick flashcards. Kids of all ages particularly preschoolers, kindergarten kids, and even first graders will love these diy math popsicle stick flashcards. Why? Because math is always the best when it is in the form of a math game. These popsicle flashcards are great whether you’re at home or in the classroom.

DIY Math Game Popsicle Stick Flash cards with addition and answers written in blue, red, black, brown, orange on popsicle sticks held by a child with a notebook piece of paper in the background- Kids Activities Blog
Learn math the fun way with this fun math game.

DIY Math Game Popsicle Stick Flashcards

We are always looking for new ways to keep homework fun with our elementary aged kiddos. Often worksheets frustrate my kiddos (and me, who am I kidding).

We have a solution! It’s time for Craft stick math!

This math game uses popsicle stick flashcards and the best part is, it is budget-friendly. Plus, making them is fun and great fine motor skill practice as well!

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Supplies Needed To Make These Math Game Popsicle Stick Flashcards

How To Make Math Game Flashcards Made With Popsicle Stick


Step 1

Write one question on each stick.  

Step 2

Leave the end “open” for an answer. Put the next stick down and repeat.

Step 3

When you have all the question sticks lined up, answer the question on the following stick, making a chain of responses.

math math game popsicle stick flashcards - made from math sticks and colorful paint pens on a notebook piece of paper- kids activities blog
This math game is so easy to make. Use these to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Playing with Math Game Popsickle Stick Popsicle Flashcards

Ways to play:

  • Pick a stick and answer it. Grab another stick. Repeat.
  • Solve the puzzle, make the sticks “link” to each other.
  • Pull a stick, look at the “answer” end and brainstorm different ways you can create that number through addition or subtraction.
  • Sort the answer “ends” in ascending or descending order.
  • Have two kids grab a stick and hold it on their foreheads without looking. They need to solve their partner’s “head stick”.
diy popsicle stick flashcards math game - popsicle sticks with red, blue, purple, and orange paint on them with math problems addition and subtraction on a notebook paper- kids activities blog
There are so many ways you can play this math game! Play it differently each time!

DIY Math Game Puzzlers

DIY Math Game Puzzlers

Make this budget-friendly math game using popsicle stick flashcards. All you need is two items to make these! So easy!


  • Craft sticks
  • Paint Pens


  1. Write one question on each stick. 
  2. Leave the end “open” for an answer.
  3. Put the next stick down and repeat.
  4. When you have all the question sticks lined up, answer the question on the following stick, making a chain of responses.

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How cool are these DIY math game popsicle stick flashcards? Are you gonna try them out?

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  1. I love it! I’m a Math teacher, but I teach Algebra 2 to mostly 10th and 11th graders. We do a similar game, actually. It works with a big group. It goes like this:

    Let’s say you have a class of 20 students. Ahead of time, on 20 index cards, I’ll write the numbers 1-20. On the back of #1, I’ll say something like “Add me to 7”. Then on the back of #8, it might say “Double me”. On the back of #16, “What’s 1/4 of me?” And then on #4…. you get the idea. The kids have to think fast but keep quiet, and only the person with the right answer is allowed to stand up and say the next clue. Hopefully that made sense! Anyway, they really like it! Even kids who are usually really quiet and don’t talk in class are able to participate because it’s not like they’re TALKING. They’re just reading one or two sentences, and since they had the card ahead of time, they can practice in their head (if they’re nervous).

    Sorry to go on for so long! I’m just a big fan of Math games and way to make Math fun and interesting!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your fun math game at last weeks Saturday Spotlight on Angels Homestead. It would make a great stocking stuffer!

    Hope to see you again soon!


  3. This is a brilliant idea and cost friendly for parents! Thank you for sharing and linking up over at the Thought Spot Weekly Blog Hop! You were chosen as one of my favorites and featured 🙂 Have a great week!

  4. Creative, fun, and inexpensive! You can’t beat that! Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

  5. It’s a great activity for the students. They can do it while waiting for the friends to finish their works. Thank you for sharing. 🙂