If we know anything about kids, it’s that they love to play games and have fun! As teachers, you can use this knowledge to your advantage when planning lessons by incorporating games into your plans. Read on for a ton of ideas for spring math games for kindergarten that will make learning “egg-stra” exciting this season.
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Easy and Affordable Spring Math Games For Kindergarten
Spring is a great time to spiral review math skills learned throughout the entire year. Using math games for kindergarten is a perfect way to touch on multiple skills while still having fun and keeping your students engaged.
However, as teachers, it’s not realistic to go out and purchase a ton of math games to add to your classroom. You also don’t have a lot of extra time on your schedule to prep complicated math games.
Don’t worry though, because with a few easy and affordable manipulatives, you can create a ton of fun math games this spring.
Egg Carton Comparing Numbers Ten Frame Game
Egg cartons are super versatile and affordable, and chances are, you have a whole stack laying around your house or classroom for moments like this!
Cut the last 2 slots off of an egg carton so it has 10 spaces, just like a ten frame. Students can use the egg carton ten frame to practice comparing numbers.
They will begin by drawing 2 number cards. Then, they will model each number in a separate egg carton ten frame using other small manipulatives, such as mini erasers.
They’ll determine which number is greater than, less than, or equal to. You can even make notecards with the <, >, and = symbols for students to place between the egg cartons to show the comparison.
A few fun spring-themed manipulative ideas you can use for this game are:
- Easter eggs
- Spring mini erasers
- Jelly beans
- Colorful pom-poms
- Flower paper cutouts
Roll, Count, and Cover Math Game
This math game for kindergarten is a great way to review number sense skills either independently or with a partner.
To play, students will roll the dice and count the dots shown to determine the number. Then they will find the number on the game mat and cover it with their manipulative.
There are also game mats that are one less and one more, challenging students to cover the number that is either one less or one more than the number they rolled. Play continues until all of the spaces on the game mat are covered.
These game mats come in a variety of seasonal themes as well as options to practice numbers to 6 and numbers to 12. Hello, differentiation!
Spring Boom Cards
Using digital math games for kindergarten is a sure way to keep the engagement high and the prep low this spring!
Let’s face it, all teachers have those days when they just need something educational that they can whip out that requires ZERO prep, grading, or effort.
This seems to happen more often in the spring, especially right before spring break or at the end of the school year.
These Spring Boom Cards are the perfect solution for those instances! With 4 digital math games included, your students can practice addition and subtraction word problems, numbers to 100, subtraction with a number line, and numbers 11-19 in an interactive way.
Plus, there’s audio directions included, so they can be truly independent!
There are also 4 literacy games included, giving you a ton of options for spring review games to use with your students.
Comparing Numbers Spring Freebie
If you love a good DIY math game for kindergarten, you’re going to really enjoy this Comparing Numbers Spring Freebie!
This game is called “Juggling Jelly Beans.” As you might guess, you can use real jelly beans as your game markers.
You can also use jelly bean mini erasers or another small mini eraser or manipulative. Another great alternative are these plastic jelly bean beads on Amazon.
You’ll also need a few colors of plastic eggs for this game.
Preparing the Jelly Bean Math Game
To prepare this free comparing numbers math game, put various amounts of jelly beans or manipulatives in each plastic egg. Be sure to use several of the same color eggs so students don’t know how many objects are in the egg.
Place the eggs in a small basket or container. Print the game mat and add some bingo dabbers or crayons, then you’re set!
How To Play the Jelly Bean Math Game
Students will play the game with either a partner or in a small group. To get started, each student will select an egg from the basket. They will open the egg and count the number of objects inside.
The student with the least amount of jelly beans wins that round. They dab (or color) a circle on their game mat to show they won that round.
Then they put the objects back in the egg and return the eggs to the basket. They take a different egg and repeat the process of counting and comparing.
The player with the least amount in the next round dabs their game mat, and so on.
With this game, you can differentiate by having students practice identifying the number that is either the least or the greatest.
Students will continue counting, comparing, and dabbing until one player has filled their entire game board.
To get this FREE Juggling Jelly Beans Spring Math Game, click here to get your free download.
Roll and Race Math Games
Students love a little friendly competition in the form of a race, which is why these Roll and Race Math Games are perfect for math review!
Whether students are racing a partner or competing against themselves, these games are a fun way to practice a variety of kindergarten math skills.
Skills included in the Roll and Race Math Games are: number recognition, dominoes, ten frames, number words, addition and subtraction, missing numbers, counting on, one more, one less, 2D shapes, 3D shapes, and comparing numbers.
To play, students will roll the dot cube, select the first available space from that column on their game mat, and solve the math problem.
The object of the game is to be the first player to reach the top of a single column. If playing independently, students can see how fast they can race to the top.
These game mats can be used for small group instruction, especially to practice skills that need a little extra work. You can also add them to morning tubs, fast finisher bins, or your math centers.
I hope you enjoyed these spring math games for kindergarten and can use them in your classroom!
For more tips on incorporating games into your classroom, check out this blog post.
Need some more hands-on spring ideas and a colorful rainbow-inspired math freebie? Head on over to this blog post!