Addition Games & Activities

I really love teaching addition.  There is SO much you can do to reinforce the concept!  Right now we’re knee deep in addition concepts so I wanted to share with you a few games and activities we’ve been working on in our classroom!


Here’s a little game I created to reinforce number sentences.  I got the original idea from Mailbox Magazine and just adjusted a few things to fit the needs of my classroom.  You can download a copy of the game and instructions, too!  Just click the link below the pic.

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The kids LOVED this activity.  It’ll just take a little prep work on your part.  I created student name cards along with pictures to use in this particular math tub.  The kids got to choose 8 of their friends cards and use their names to create number sentences.  They were instructed to count the vowels & consonants in their friends’ names and record the results.  Then they were instructed to combine the two numbers to create a number sentence!  My kids always remember to “flip” the numbers to make a new number sentence, too {if they can}.  To make this activity a bit more challenging, don’t color code the vowels.  Click on the link below the pic to download the recording sheet.


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Here’s a game that my kids beg to play!  It’s called COVER UP SOME MORE.  I had played this game with my kids when I taught Kindergarten, but I didn’t have any boards left, so I had to create some more.  I didn’t take any pics of this one, but you can download the game boards and instructions below! 

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Here’s a little hands-on addition sorting activity I created.  This one was a hit!  Each web has a preprogrammed number and the kids have to match the spiders {with the number sentences} to the corresponding webs.  Each web has 3 different corresponding spiders.  Some are programmed with both addition and simple subtraction problems.  This activity comes with a recording sheet, too!  1stgrade-spidersclick to download


Here’s another game…that I have NO pictures of…that my kids LOVE to play!  I included two variations of the game along with instructions.  You can click on the link below to download some for your classroom!

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Since we’re celebrating Fire Safety this month, I had the kids create a fire safety scene.  Their instructions were to include firefighters and a family in their picture.  Then they had to create a number sentence that went along with the picture.  Here’s an example from one of my cuties…we’re working on number reversals :)



As a quick warm-up activity, I had the kids create number sentences using thumbprint flies & spiders on a spider web {using a stamp pad }.  They LOVED this one!  And they turned out pretty cute, too!



Click on the link below to download this activity.



Those are just a few addition activities we’ve been working on the last couple of weeks.  I’m busy making more so check back soon!


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  2. These are GREAT math ideas! Just what I need for what we are working on the next few weeks! I'm going to share it on my blog, if that's okay. Thanks!

  3. I love these math games! I'm going to use some of them in my classroom next week...I think my kids will really like them :) Thanks for sharing !!:)

  4. I love these games! I just discovered your blog yesterday and I am so excited!! I know that my kids are going to love these games. They will work perfectly with what we are doing in math. What program do you use to create all of these games? Thanks!!

  5. Fabulous games. To find games for older students, such as algebra games you can use a learning game finder.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing! I loved the Find the Sums and Vowel/Consanant Addition games.
    Mrs. Smith's First Grade Class

  7. Thank you! I'm going to work up the name cards for my class right now so they'll be ready to go when we get back to school in January. Awesome idea!

    Oh My Little Classity Class

  8. Thank you so much for sharing these games! They are awesome.

  9. You are a miracle! this helps me as a Grade 5 teacher trying to "differentiate" for students working well below grade level. You make my prep so much easier!

  10. You are a miracle! this helps me as a Grade 5 teacher trying to "differentiate" for students working well below grade level. You make my prep so much easier!

  11. This is amazing!!! All of your resources can be used quickly and effectively in the classroom. Thank you!!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing! I will be doing many of your activities in the upcoming weeks.

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