# How to Make Math Games: Step-by-Step Instructions

Do you often think about making your own math games to help your child improve on specific mathematical skills? Do you find yourself not knowing quite where to begin? Continue reading below for step-by-step instructions that will apply to any type of math game you decide to create.

## How Can I Make My Own Math Games?

At this point, you are already beginning to form the base of your mathematical game. Next, you will need to decide the number of players that will be participating and plan your game accordingly. It may also be important to consider the items you have on hand. For instance, you wouldn't want to create a game that required toothpicks if you didn't have that item in your cabinets. Of course, you could always substitute some items for others that you do have on hand.

### Sample Math Games

#### Money Tic-Tac-Toe

For this game, draw a tic-tac-toe board and write in a monetary amount in each square. You will also need to have a collection of coins for each player to count. For a player to be able to write an 'X' or an 'O' inside the square, he or she must be able to correctly model that amount of money.

For example, if the square has \$0.20 written in it, then the player must show \$0.20 however he or she chooses. This modeling could be in the form of two dimes, twenty pennies, one dime and two nickels or four nickels. Play will continue until someone has either three 'X' or three 'O' in a row on the tic-tac-toe board.

#### Shapes and Patterns

For this activity, you will need several sheets of construction paper. Have your child cut out shapes that he or she has learned about thus far. Then, begin creating a pattern with the shapes and have your child complete the pattern. You may also extend the activity by having your child create the entire pattern using the shapes.

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