Math “Board” Games

When I taught Kindergarten, one of the girls on my team made these one-to-one correspondence math games for the kids.  We kept them in our math tubs pretty much all year long because they were great for the kids to play when they were finished with their work, plus they were great for reinforcing rote counting and one-to-one correspondence.  To kick it up a notch and make it “First Grade friendly”, I made a little addition/subtraction game out of similar game “boards”.  The kids LOVE these games!!


I have the kids play with a partner and both players get a matching game board, a set of {seasonal} counters, a stack of plus/minus & number cards, and a placemat for the cards.  To start the game, each player rolls the die and moves ahead that many spaces.  After both players have rolled the die once, the players choose a card from the plus/minus stack & another card from the # stack.  Looking at the symbol, players determine whether to move ahead {add} or go back {minus} the number of spaces that was drawn.  If a bigger number is drawn than the number of spaces they can move back, I tell them to place the cards at the bottom of the pile and draw again.  I also included a “Back to Start” & a “Lose a Turn” card just to mix it up a bit ;)  The player who gets to “finish” first is the winner!



I have a few little friends who are still working on one-to-one correspondence, so I’ll have those babies take a game board, roll a die, and cover up that many spaces on the board.  Works for everyone!  mathgames4


  1. All I can say is...WOW! Your such an amazong teacher and your students are lucky.

  2. I echo the first posters comments! YOUR blog has become one that I check first and I check daily! I have printed and made everything you have shared so far and my first graders LOVE everything! Thank you!!!!
    Could you please share how you store your math tubs and how many tubs students may choose from? What is your schedule like? I would love to hear how you have this set up. Again, thank you soooo much! You have helped make teaching fun again and learning so very fun for my students! : ) Cindy

  3. Thanks for your generosity. I love these and hope to find a way to use them in 2nd grade. God bless!!


  4. Thank you so very much for sharing all of your goodies with us! You are amazing! Your students are so lucky to have you as their teacher.

  5. It says there is an error :-(


  6. It is my 2nd year teaching and thank goodness for you! What an inspiration and help you have been!

    Thank you! If you have any advice for me as a first grade teacher please let me know. I realize you are kinder again now; but I truly appreciate your input and would love to hear what you can teach me!

    Thank you again, I appreciate everything that you do for kids; it is why I got into teaching