Math Game Freebies

Grade ONEderful: Halloween Match and Cover Math Game
Good Morning! I'm starting a pumpkin unit today, so I took some time this weekend to make  2 different math games.

I think I've finally figured out how to use power point and I have to agree with some of my blog friends ~ it's the way to go!

The first game (with 5 very cute Halloween variations) is a match and cover game. It's played with 10-frame cards.

Directions: You need 2 or 3 sets of 10-frame cards and 2 different coloured counters (one colour for each player). Place the cards face down; partners take turns turning over a card. Match the card with a number on the game board and cover it with a counter. Play continues back and forth like this. If there's no match you miss a turn. When the board is completely covered, the player with the most counters is the winner.

This game helps the kids become familiar with 10-frames (visualizing numbers 1 to 10) and helps with subitizing, too.

These are the cards I use. I have a class set of 20 and here in Victoria most people call them Power of 10 cards. Our local math guru (Trevor Calkins) has developed a program of activities and games using these cards. If you click on the card image it will take you to his website, which I highly recommend. Trevor has some awesome ideas!

The next game is to practice counting. Our Grade 1's are expected to be able to count to 100, count back from 20, skip count by 2s to 20 and skip count by 5s and 10s to 100. This game is just a fun way to practice counting by rote.  I've included a cheat sheet for the kids to read from. I won't give you the directions here because they're printed on the game and are pretty simple to follow.
Grade ONEderful: Halloween Counting Game for Grade 1
The spinner can be used with a paper clip and pencil.
Grade ONEderful: Halloween Counting Game for Grade 1; Picture of the spinner
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Thanks for visiting and have a super day!



  1. These are great, Barbara! Thanks for sharing.
    Excited to find another British Columbian :)

    1. Yes, me too! I just popped over to follow you ;)

  2. Thank you!! :o)


  3. Such cute math games! Love the graphics too!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. I am definitely discovering the power of ten frames. Cute games Barbara!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Thanks, Lori and Tammy! I hope you can use them.

  5. Love the new games!!! I'd love it if you would link them up with my new "Something New Sunday" linky! I think my blog followers would really like them too!

    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

  6. Found this through the Something New Sunday linky. These games are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  7. I found your blog through Marie's linky. Your items are super cute:)

    We are ALL Special!

  8. I'll try this again - I just stumbled upon your blog. It is wonderful and thanks so much for sharing. Maria from Utah who doesn't do a blog, sorry to say!

  9. I love your blog! I found you through the linky party at Marie's. :) Super cute stuff!

  10. Thanks for sharing and I am learning my way around power point too:) The games look fun!

    The Resourceful Apple

  11. I have Trevor Caulkin's Power of Ten cards too! I would not mind going to one of his workshops again. Thanks for the games.

    rubberboots and elf shoes

  12. Thanks for the freebies---and PowerPoint makes it so much easier to "bump" things around.

    First Grade and Fabulous

  13. Thanks for the great game Barbara. I'm hoping to print them off, and laminate them in the morning to use right away. I too use the Power of 10 cards, have taken the course from Trevor in Calgary, and he came for several days of inservice to my school a few of years ago.

    1. I'm glad you like them, Janice.
      Trevor is great, isn't he!
      Hey, it's nice to meet another Canadian. Take care!

  14. I love these! Your blog is great!

    PS-I follow you via email so I'm sure not to miss anything! :)

    1. Hi Sarah! Thanks very much! It's super kind of you to take the time to let me know:)

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