Hold a Math Marathon! Activity

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Updated on Mar 27, 2013

Flashcards are a good way to practice math facts, but sometimes, they can be a little dry. And if your child is a kinesthetic learner, he'll need to move around to learn. Looking for ways to make learning math facts more fun and active? Here's an activity that challenges your child to use his addition or multiplication facts to run and win a race!

What You Need:

  • Chalk
  • Flashcards of choice (addition or multiplication)
  • At least 3 players, two to race and one to hold the flashcards

What You Do:

  1. Set-Up. With the chalk, draw a line on the ground as the starting line and another line as the finishing line. The finishing line can be as short or as far away as desired; the longer the distance is, the longer the game will be.
  2. Get ready to play! Have each child stand behind the starting line.
  3. Show the children a flashcard from any math deck.
  4. The first child to shout out the answer gets to take one step forward. Each child advances when he says the correct answer. If a child does not answer correctly, he has to stay where he is.
  5. The objective of the game is to get as many math facts correctly as needed to get to the finishing line. The first child to make it to the finishing line first wins!


Barbara Sweet has a Master's degree in Education and has taught Spanish in grades K-12, as well as a variety of undergraduate college courses. She is also the mother of a nine-year-old son.

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