Activity:

Ring the Bottle: A Math Carnival Game

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What You Need:

  • 10 or more bottles, clustered together
  • Several bangle bracelets (or small yogurt tops with the centers cut out, so they form rings)
  • Tape
  • Markers

What You Do:

  1. Cluster the bottles together so they are lined up tightly. You can also stand them in a small shoebox.
  2. If you'd like to sneak in some math practice, tape a number onto each bottle, ranging from 1-100 (if you're practicing addition or subtraction) or 1-11 (if you're practicing multiplication).
  3. Tape a mark on the floor to be the "throw line", so kids know where to stand as they toss their rings.
  4. Set a target. For example, tell kids, "The winner is the person who rings bottles that add up to fifty or more" or "The winner is the person who can multiply the numbers on their bottles to reach a higher number than everyone else" or "The winner is the person whose bottle numbers, when multiplied, are the highest number".

Let each child take a turn trying to ring the bottles. Make sure you have a prize ready for the winner!

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