Math Games for Tutors

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    • Make tutoring math fun with games.math image by jaddingt from

      Tutoring students in math can be made more fun by incorporating games. Kids are more receptive to games, making it easier for tutors to get them to practice their math skills. With guidance, tutors can use online games with their students or they can make a few basic games using common household and craft items. These games can be played at home or in the classroom.

    Adding Game

    • A simple game can be constructed using an empty (and clean) egg carton, a pair of dice, and pennies or some other marker. Take a marking pen and in each cup of the egg carton, write the numbers from two to 12. Instead of a one, use an asterisks.

      To play, the student rolls the dice and must add up the values. He then places a penny in the cup with the total marked. If that cup already has a penny, he can (one time) place the penny in the cup with the asterisk instead. Otherwise, he cannot place a penny on this turn. Play passes to the next player. Note: each player will require his own egg carton and penny markers. The winner is the first player to successfully fill his carton with pennies.

    Multiplication Game

    • For this game all you need is 2 sets of dice, each pair a different color--for example, two white dice and two red dice. You'll also need to make a set of cards with numbers on them. You can use index cards cut in half. On the cards write the following numbers (some numbers are intentionally duplicated): 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 35, 36, 36, 40, 40, 42, 44, 45, 48, 48, 49, 50, 54, 55, 56, 60, 60, 63, 64, 66, 70, 72, 72, 77, 80, 81, 84, 88, 90, 96, 99, 100, 108, 110, 120, 121, 132, and 144.

      Shuffle and deal out the cards. Players keep their cards laying face up on the table in front of them. Players then take turns rolling the four dice. They sum the dice of the same colors then take the product of the two sums. Therefore, the smallest product would be 4, from 2 times 2. If their product matches one of their cards, they can turn the card over. Play continues until one player has turned over every card.

    Ladder Game

    • Each student being tutored gets a game card that consists of a ladder. The tutor places a column of numbers up where it's easily visible. Students take the first two numbers and place them on the top two rungs of the ladder. They then add these numbers, placing the sum on the third rung. Next, they take the third number from the list, place it on the fourth rung and subtract it from the sum on the third rung. They continue in this manner, taking a number from the list and then alternately adding or subtracting the number from the previous answer. The first student to get through all the numbers and reach the bottom rung (correctly) wins.


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