Shooting Hoops Multiplication
There's no denying that times tables can be a challenge for your third grader. Mix in a little kinestethic fun and your child will be slam-dunking multiplication before you know it! Use flashcards to quiz your child on his math skills and each time he gets an answer correct, reward him with a free shot. Once he gets 21 points, he wins the game! This activity is a fun way to help your child practice his multiplication in a stress-free environment.
What You Need:
- Index cards
- Basketball or small ball
- Basketball hoop or waste basket
What You Do:
- If you don't have a set of multiplication flashcards, write the multiplication facts that your child needs to practice on a set of index cards and write the answers on the back.
- Head to the hoops! If you don't a basketball court nearby, use an empty waste basket as the "hoop" and get a small ball to toss into the basket. If your child is a sports fan, encourage him to wear his favorite team jersey!
- Now you're ready to play! Hold up a flash card and have your child give you the answer. If he guesses right, give him a point. Then toss him the ball and have him make a shot. If the ball makes it into the hoop, give him one more point and keep track of his points on a sheet of paper.
- If he doesn't know the correct answer, show him what it is. Put the card to the side and go through a few more cards, come back to the equation he didn't know, and ask him again. Be sure to make a note of the equations he has trouble with so that you can start off with those the next time you play to keep track of his progress.
- Go through the flashcards until he reaches 21 points. Then, start over!
- Up the ante by adding one more player to the game and competing to see who can get to 21 first.