How to Master the Math Facts: Addition and Subtraction

Mastering math facts can be difficult and boring for kids, but knowing the facts can make math so much easier for them in the long run.

So what is the best way to teach the facts and make them stick without boring your kids?

Make mastering the math facts fun! 

Today, I am going to share with you a few ways we are mastering the addition and subtraction math facts in a fun, hands on way.

Mastering the math facts is important for kids, but can sometimes seem boring. So, why not learn how to make mastering the math facts fun?

Hands-On Manipulatives For Math

Most kids learn best by manipulating things with their hands. So, hands on resources are essential.

 Learning Wrap-Ups Addition Self Correcting Math Learning Wrap-ups Subtraction Self Correcting Math Educational Insights Math Slam, Math Games, Kaplan Early Learning Company Power Pen

 Math Games for Addition and Subtraction

One way we make everything fun in our house is games! So of course we are using games to master our math facts.

 School Zone – Math War Addition Learning Resources Snap It Up! Math: Learning Resources tri-FACTa Addition and Subtraction Pop for Addition & Subtraction Game Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game, Homeschool, Logic Roots Ocean Raiders Number Sequencing Race to Planet X: Number Bond eeBoo’s Simple Math Bingo Game Sums in Space An Addition Subtraction Think Fun Math Dice Junior Game Melon Rind Clumsy Thief Junior Math Melon Rind Clumsy Thief in The

Apps To Help Your Child Learn Math

We love using our Kindle Fire for school. Having apps that help focus on math fact fluency are essential in our homeschool.

 Pet Bingo by Duck Duck Moose Monster Math – Fun Math Game Squeebles Addition and Subtraction XtraMath

 DVD’s That Teach Math Facts

My daughter learns a ton through watching things on television. So I love having a few fun math fact shows at the ready.

 Addition & Subtraction Rap DVD by Meet the Math Facts Addition &

 Fun Math Printables for Addition and Subtraction

One of the ways you can make math fun is by using fun printables.

I personally bought two different math fact fluency packs from Teacher Pay Teachers: Moffatt Girl Math Facts Bundle and Miss Giraffe Math Fact Fluency.

I picked all the ones I knew would be fun for my daughter (mostly ones that involved coloring and dice). Then I used them to make a math fact book for her.

You can search places like Teacher Pay Teachers or Pinterest and find printables that would appeal best to your child.

Fun Math Printables

DIY Math Activities

One of my daughter’s favorite things to play with is LEGOs. So why not turn that into math practice too?

For this activity I used a fine tip Sharpie to write numbers on the bricks and now she can use them to “build sums”.

Mastering Math Facts with LEGO

Another simple activity is this fun flower pot sums. To make this I used Astrobrights Cardstock, a 1.5″ scalloped punch, a 1″ circle punch, and popsicle sticks to create the flowers that would be “planted” into the pots.

I wrote all the math facts for sums to 10 and scattered them around (this activity would be so fun to take outside). I found these flower pots at the Dollar Tree and wrote 1-10 on them.

Mastering Math Facts with DIY Projects

Another great option if you want something to help you teach the facts that includes games and practice are the Math Facts that Sticks book series by Kate Snow.


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