30 Third Grade Math Video games and Actions That Multiply the Enjoyable
Third grade math students really need to step up. Multiplication, division, and fractions are all part of the standards, along with basic geometry, rounding, and more. Keep your students motivated to study with these fun third grade math games!
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1. Count your points to learn multiplication
Multiplication is a new skill for third grade math students, but it builds on concepts they mastered in previous grades. This deck of cards will help them make connections. Each player turns over two cards, then draws a grid and makes dots where the lines connect. You count the points and the person with the most keeps all the cards.
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2. Punch holes for multiplying
Arrays are a popular way to teach multiplication skills, and this is a fun activity that uses the concept. Pull out some scrap paper and cut out squares or rectangles. Then use a hole punch to create arrays of points to represent multiplication equations.
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3. Visit the multiplication shop
This is so much fun! Set up a “store” of small toys and give kids a “budget” to spend. In order to make purchases, they must write down the multiplication rates for their picks.
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4. Flip and multiply dominoes
At some point, kids will need to memorize multiplication facts, and this quick and easy domino game can help. Each player turns over a domino and multiplies the two numbers. The one with the highest product gets both dominoes.
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5. Make multiplication pool noodles
Grab some pool noodles and use our easy tutorial to turn them into the ultimate multiplication manipulatives! This is a unique way for kids to practice their facts.
6. Find the multiplication equations
It’s like a word search but for multiplication facts! Get the free printables at the link.
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7. Use a Guess Who? plank
Another multiplication game with Guess Who? game board. (You could also do this with division facts.)
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8. Win the division fact race
If you have a trash can full of toy cars, this division practice game is for you. Get the free printables and learn how to play at the link.
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9. Crafting department fact flowers
This is so much more fun than flashcards! Make flowers for each number and use them to practice division facts.
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10. Roll and run to practice division facts
Multiplication and division go hand in hand in third grade math. In this free printable game, kids throw the dice and try to be the first to get all the puzzles in a row right. Get the print version at the link.
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11. Divide and conquer pairs of divisions
Think Go Fish, but instead of matching pairs, the goal is to match two cards where one splits evenly into the other. For example, 8 and 2 are a pair since 8 ÷ 2 = 4.
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12. Turn at Jenga
So much fun to use Jenga in class! Using colored paper that matches the colors of the Jenga blocks, create a set of flashcards detailing the facts of the division. Children choose a card, answer the question, and then try to remove a block of that color from the deck.
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13. Find out the missing character
Once kids know all four types of arithmetic, they should be able to work backwards to see which sign is missing from an equation. The free printable board game at the link prompts them to do so.
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14. Do you use sticky notes to play Can You Make It?
Give students a series of numbers on sticky notes along with a destination number. Then see if they can create an equation (or multiple equations) that satisfies the goal.
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15. Introduce rounds with a deck of cards
Third grade math students learn rounding numbers. In this deck of cards, they face each other to turn over two cards at a time, rounding the resulting number to the nearest 10. The one with the highest number keeps all the cards.
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16. Throw pompoms for rounding exercises
Use sticky stickers to label the wells of a mini muffin pan. Then give the children a handful of pompoms. They throw one into a fountain and then try to match a matching color into the corresponding number to round. For example, if they throw a blue pompom at 98, they would try to throw another blue one at 100.
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17. Roll it and round it off
Use this free printable board to create Roll It! for more rounding exercises. Students roll three dice and then arrange them into a number. They round to the nearest 10 and mark it on their board. The goal is to be the first to complete a row.
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18. Use LEGO to learn fractions
In third grade, students begin to study fractions in earnest. Playing with LEGO is fun! Children draw cards and use colored stones to represent the indicated fraction. Check out even more ways to use LEGO bricks for math.
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19. Match plastic eggs
Try a different kind of egg hunt to practice equivalent fractions. Write fractions on each half, then have the children find them and make the correct matches. (Make this more difficult by mixing the colors!) Check out our other ways to use plastic eggs in the classroom.
20. Play fractional match-up
Grab the free printable maps at the link and work on finding matches between the images and the fractions they represent.
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21. Declare a faction war
Each player reveals two cards and lays them out as a fraction. You decide which fraction is the largest, with the winner keeping all the cards. Comparing fractions gets a bit tricky, but when kids first plot them on a fraction line, they’re practicing two skills at once.
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22. Master telling the time to the minute
For this third grade math game you need polyhedral cubes. Children roll the dice and try to be the first to show the correct time on their toy clock.
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23. Explore scope and scope with Array Capture
Geometry gains importance in third grade math as students learn area and perimeter. This fun and simple game covers both, and all you need to play is graph paper and some dice.
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24. Draw perimeter people
Have the children draw self-portraits on graph paper, and then calculate the perimeter and area of their block people. cute and funny!
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25. Build LEGO puzzles for more area and perimeter practice
The Challenge: Build a 10×10 LEGO brick jigsaw puzzle for your friends to solve. Also have the children find the perimeter and area of each puzzle piece.
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26. Color a polygon quilt
Players take turns coloring four connected triangles at once, earning points for the shape they create. It’s a fun way to practice polygons.
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27. Play four-sided bingo
Every square is a rectangle, but not all rectangles are squares. Get acquainted with whimsical squares with this free printable bingo game.
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28. Roll and add to create bar charts
First, students roll the dice and add the two numbers, writing the equation in the correct sum column. Repeat as many times as you like. Then ask questions to analyze the data. What sum did you roll the most? How many times have they rolled the highest than the lowest? It’s an interesting way to check additional facts and work on graphs.
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29. Play Tic Tac Graph
It’s important to make good charts, but also to know how to read them and interpret the data. This free printable version challenges children to answer questions based on the information presented in a simple bar graph.
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30. Solve math puzzles
Combine the math skills of all third grade students to solve these math puzzles. Get a free printable set at the link.
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