4th Grade Division Games: Fun Division Practice

Games can help your 4th grader enjoy learning how to divide because they're interactive and hands-on. Below are several easy games that will help your child master division.

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How to Help Improve Your Child's Division Skills

Division is a real-world skill, so it's important for your child to develop the ability to divide numbers correctly. To begin, your child needs to understand how the mathematical operations of division and multiplication relate to each other. If he or she is struggling, introduce division at home through multiplication. For instance, instead of writing a problem like this: 12 ÷ 4 = 3, write it like this: 4 x ? = 12.

Division Puzzle

Use the front of an empty cereal box to create division puzzles for your child. Begin by cutting the front cover into random pieces that will fit together as a puzzle. On the back of one puzzle piece, write a division problem. On its adjoining piece, write the answer. Your child can then use division to put the puzzle together.

Painting Math

Before beginning this activity with your child, model various division problems using paint and paper. For example, the problem 22 ÷ 5 would be represented by painting four rows of five circles and one row of two circles on the paper. The two 'extra' paint circles would be the remainder for this problem. Ask your child to write out the equation based on your drawing. In this case, it would be 22 ÷ 5 = 4 R2. This approach will help your child if he or she is artistic or a visual learner.

Switch roles and give a division problem to your child so he or she can paint it. If your child struggles with problems that have remainders, include a few easier problems to boost his or her confidence. Easier problems may include 30 ÷ 5 or 16 ÷ 8.

Cookie Fun

Spend some time baking cookies with your child and incorporate a little division practice as well. Have your child evenly divide the cookies into treat bags for family members. Before beginning the division process, decide how many cookies will be going into each bag. Your child will also need to know the total number of cookies and how many family members will receive a treat bag.

After evenly dividing the cookies, ask your child to demonstrate the process in a written format. If there were five family members and 16 cookies total, then the equation would look like this: 16 ÷ 5 = 3 R1.

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