Fraction Games for 9-Year-Olds

Fractions can often be a difficult concept for 9-year-olds to grasp because fractions aren't whole numbers. Below, you will find games that your child will enjoy playing while perfecting his or her understanding of fractions.

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How to Improve Your Child's Fraction Skills

Your 9-year-old child will need to understand equivalent fractions, how to correctly order fractions and also how to build fractions using mathematical operations. It is also important for your fourth grader to understand how decimal amounts correspond to fractional amounts. These interactive games will allow you the opportunity to gauge your child's understanding of fractions and to work on any problem areas.

Family Fractions

To begin, have your child draw a family picture. It would be a good idea to include grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. Ask your child to create fractions based on family members' gender, hair color or other characteristics. For instance, if five of the nine family members have brown hair, your child would create the fraction 5/9. As an extension, your 9-year-old could also make a drawing to represent each of the family fractions he or she created.

Fraction Eggs

You can play this fraction game with your child with just an empty egg carton and individual candies, such as jellybeans. Fill in some sections of the egg carton with jellybeans. Ask your child to identify the fraction being modeled. For example, if you filled seven of the sections with jellybeans, the fraction represented would be 7/12. When possible, ask your child to reduce the created fractions.

Crafting a Pizza

Gather your favorite pizza toppings, step into the kitchen and help your child master fractions! This activity will have you and your child working together to create one large, personalized pizza for your family.

For example, let's say you divide the pizza into eight slices. Dad, whose favorite is pepperoni, wants three slices of pizza. Mom and sister prefer hamburger pizza; they will each have two slices. Brother asked for Canadian bacon for his one slice. Have your child determine the fraction represented by each pizza topping. In this situation, the pizza would be 3/8 pepperoni, 1/2 hamburger and 1/8 Canadian bacon. Of course, have your child reduce fractions wherever possible.

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