Math War is a fighting game disguised as a math game. Played like the card-game “War” (aptly named), each card contains a math fact question, but no answer. At each turn, the player whose card has highest answer gets to take the pile. The kids, of course, have to figure out the answer to each card’s math fact, in order to know who wins the battle.
You can purchase a deck, or make your own using index cards, which would allow your children to practice whichever facts you choose. (With a mixed-ability group, you could mix decks and assign each kid to answer a certain type of fact.)
This game is a great way to keep your kids learning on a day when you are feeling tired of the same old math book routine. Your homeschooled children think they are studying math facts, but in fact they are mastering important socialization skills they might otherwise miss, such as bullying, cheating, and hurling all the cards across the room and stomping away. Guaranteed to motivate the teaching parent to quickly return to those delightfully boring workbooks.
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