DIY Math Game Activity
A culminating activity for learning a math concept can be creating your own math board game to keep at home and continue practicing. This activity can be divided into many days as follows:
Day 1: Look at various board games and discuss/list properties they all share, such as rules, cards, dice or pieces.
Day 2: Look at names of board games and talk about their meaning and how they are displayed throughout the game. Candy Land is a good example, as it has a beautiful board centered on candy.
Day 3: Brainstorm new math board game titles. Students decide what game title they wish to create. Students begin to picture what their game will look like.
Day 4: Go over what rules look like. Read aloud rules of most popular games like Monopoly and Candy Land. Give students an outline sheet to use to set up their own rules. Make sure to stress that rules need to explain all parts of game and most important it must state how you win the game. Writing their board game rules is a good homework assignment to prevent copying. (You can download the template provided.)
Day 5: Students start a sloppy copy of their board game. At this time, students decide on board style, what supplies they will need and try to add excitement to their board. Teacher can review and edit rules.
Day 6+: Students make their board game. Edited rules are glued on back of their game board for reference.
When everyone is done with their board games, students can have a day of sharing each other’s games before bringing home to enjoy with their family. It is important to encourage students to have a place at home to leave these fun activities to practice at home with their family.