Fun Math Games and Magic Math Tricks for Kids

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

There are different fun math games and magic tricks for the kids to try when it comes to math and calculations. One of them is the magic math trick of guessing the final answer or number while playing with friends or family members.

Why is it referred to as a “Magic Math Trick”?

This goes back to the magical finger answer that usually comes out the same no matter which number was chosen from the beginning and played with; it is the magic of guessing the final answer before even knowing the number that the other person is going to choose. Let’s see a magic trick in math:

Six Digits Become Three!!!

You can choose any three-digit number and write it two times, which means making a six-digit number. For example, 213 “213213”.

Let’s Start the Trick

Divide the number by 11. Then, divide it by 7. After that, divide it by 13. “The order of division is unimportant”

The answer will be the same three-digit number. “213213” will give you “213”.

A related trick is to take any three-digit number.

Multiply it by 7, 11, and 13.

The result will be a six-digit number that repeats the three-digit number.

Fun Math Games
Fun Math Games

Fun Math Games

There are two different ways to play this trick: the first one is to ask your questions and request the other person to do the calculations secretly without revealing any of them, and the second way is to ask them to choose a number and immediately tell them the answer they are going to receive at the end, but let them do the calculations in front of you to make sure that they are not doing any mathematical errors along the way.

This is the magic math of the number 8 and it means that no matter what the chosen number is, the final answer will always be 8. The steps or the different calculations that will need to be done starts with asking the player to think of a number, subtract 1 from it, multiply the result by 3, add 12 to the final answer, divide the result by 3, add 5 to the calculation, and finally take away the first original number they have chosen.

The answer should be always 8 in this case and if it wasn’t 8 then there was something wrong done along the way. These different mathematical tricks help in boosting the child’s self-confidence after they practice it several times and know how it should be all done.

Kids feel more confident when they do magic and play tricks on their friends or even family members and it all works out perfectly for them with receiving the needed results. Such tricks are interesting for two different reasons, the first one is because of the mathematical skills which the kids will enhance when they try it a couple of times, and the second reason goes for the fun time which the kids will end up having while playing around with some educational games.

Math is not only dependent on worksheets or flashcards, it needs more activities to learn. Math activities help you to move your body up and down. There are many activities you can do to improve your math level. Activities play an important role in math. Three of these activities are Math Facts Race, Math Facts Bingo, and Stand Up, Sit Down Games. Let’s learn how to play them :

Math Facts Race

Math Facts Race
Math Facts Race

1- Play Math Facts Race with your friends.

2- Divide yourselves into teams.

3- Post a grid sheet at the front for each group with numbers on it.

4- If you want to practice addition, your friends will have to write the answer in front of the number.

5- One member from each team will quickly run to the sheet, and write an answer in the suitable grid.

6- He or she returns to the team after answering, allowing another group member to run to the sheet.

7- This process repeats again and again until a team wins by correctly filling its sheet.

Math Facts Bingo

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Math Facts Bingo
  1. Create bingo cards, which contain answers to different multiplication tables such as 15, 37, 18, and 32.
  2. Give them to your friend and ask them to have plain paper for calculations.
  3. To make the game funniest, give your friends the equations instead of calling numbers.
  4. For example call 3 x 6 =???, here everyone will check the result of the equation on their bingo cards.

Stand Up, Sit Down Game

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Stand Up, Sit Down Game

Play Stand Up, Sit Down is a good game for your reminder ability. The rule of the game is so so so so easy. You can play it with your friends or with your classmates. The important thing is who will be the leader of the game?!! 

Let’s Start the Game:

  1. Choose who will be the leader of the game.
  2. Give your friends cards that contain numbers.
  3. The leader will read aloud an equation.
  4. If the number matches that number he/she has in the equation, he/she will stand up. If it isn’t, they remain seating. 
  5. You can use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations as you like.

For example, The leader read aloud the equation 3 x 2, or 3 + 3 the answer is 6. So if any of your friends have the same answer, he/she will stand up. If it isn’t, they will remain seating. Repeat this process to make the game funnier 🙂

Tips for Improving Your Math Calculation

Here are some tips to improve your Math calculation, which helps you to decrease your thinking time, and quickly solve problems:

  • First, calculate with your head.
  • Start with easy questions and gradually increase.
  • Practice simple calculations like 2×2=4, 5+1=6.
  • Stop using a calculator.
  • Use abacus.
  • If the calculation is too hard for you, try to use paper and pen.
  • Memorize well multiplication table, they will help you a lot.
  • Play math games online every day.
  • Watch math videos on Learning Mole.

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