Help Build Math Skills: Remainders to Home

This board game requires children to do simple division problems correctly in order to move through the game. As the players develop their skills, they can make the game more challenging by increasing the difficulty of the problems.

What this activity will develop:
Math, social and art skills

What you'll need:
• Large-square graph paper
• Scissors
• Marker
• Index cards
• Pocket file folder
• Buttons, chips, or game pawns

What to do:
1. Cut the graph paper so that it has 25 squares. Mark each corner square with an H. Mark the center square with an X.

2. On the cards, print division problems that have remainders of 1, 2, or 3. Next to each problem, draw an arrow pointing right, left, up, or down. Make at least 20 cards, making the same number of cards for each arrow direction. For example: 15 divided by 2, 11 divided by 3, 13 divided by 3, 27 divided by 5, 39 divided by 6, 11 divided by 4, 15 divided by 4, 7 divided by 2, 52 divided by 7

3. Print the directions on the front of the folder. Print the prob- lems with their answers inside the folder.

4. Place the game board, cards, and game pieces in the folder pockets.

Rules of play:
1. Three people may play. One player checks the answers in the folder.

2. Players place their game pieces in the center square marked X. Shuffle the cards, and place the deck facedown.

3. The first player draws a card and works the problem. If the answer is correct, the player may move the same number of squares as the remainder in the direction shown on the card.

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