# Math

Math Fun

Rotten Apple

This is a strategy game.  It is a lot of fun and requires some thinking in order to win.  Get 13 small items.  Make 12 of them the same and 1 that is different.  For example get 12 yellow legos and 1 green lego.  Two people play the game.  Each player takes a turn taking some of the 12 items.  On your turn you may take 1, 2 or 3 items.  You take turns taking any number of objects.  Whoever is left taking the odd object at the end is the loser.   Here is a sample:

player 1                                      player 2

1                                                      3

2                                                     2

3                                                     1

rotten apple

You can easily change the game to GOOD Apple by making the odd object the one that you want at the end.  So the player who gets to take the last cube by itself is the winner.

The students have played both games and they love it!  Try it at home and have fun.

Here are some math games that you can play at home.  You can also visit the math sites that are listed on the main page to help with counting  and number recognition.  You should be completing a math activity at least 3 times each week.

Same, More or Less

You will need a regular deck of cards.  Take out the face cards.  Pick one card from the deck and place it at  the top of the table.  As you pick one card at a time form the deck you have to decide if the number on the card that you picked is the same as the number at the top of the table, less or more.  You continue until all of the cards have been placed in a pile.  They either get put in a pile that is less than the main card, or the pile that is the same as the main card, or the pile that is more than the main card.  Count up how many cards are in each pile to figure out if you had more cards that were the same, less or more than the main card picked at the beginning of the game.

Name That Number-

You will need a regular deck of cards.  Take out the face cards- Jack, Queen, King and the Ace.  Shuffle the rest of the cards and place them in a neat pile in the middle.  You turn over one card at a time.  Whoever says the number on the card first wins the card.  Play continues until all of the cards are gone.  Then each player counts how many cards they have to find the winner.  The player with the most cards wins!

Top-It-

You will need a regular deck of cards.  Take out the face cards- Jack, Queen, King and the Ace.  Shuffle the rest of the cards and place them in a neat pile in the middle.  Each player takes 1 card from the top of the deck and turns it over.  The player with the higher number wins and takes both cards.  Make sure to ask your child to tell you how they know which number is bigger.  Have them tell you how much bigger if they can.  Continue to play until all of the cards are gone.  Then each player counts how many cards they have to find the winner.  The player with the most cards wins!

**If you flip two cards and they are the same, then flip two more and whoever is larger gets all 4 cards.