These fraction games for kids boost understanding, critical thinking, and social interaction. Best yet, they’re fun!
In this fraction game for kids, students can compare greater than, less than, or equal to. Cut cards out and play like the traditional card game War, but with fractions! Students can easily compare their fractions using the colored fraction bars. The player with the highest fraction gets to keep his and his opponent’s cards. Who will collect the most fractions?
Click here for the FractionWar free printable.
Newspaper Fraction Dancing
Turn on the music! This math activity comes from Mrs. King Rocks! Kids learn about fractions by folding and dancing on newspaper. Visit Mrs. King’s Music Class to see the activity in action.
Have kids design their own hopscotch board. The only catch is it must consist of fractions. This fraction game for kids will get your students learning outside.
For a math station, set up a picnic basket of cut-out food images. Students plan a picnic, create food fractions with a ruler and scissors, glue food fractions on a paper plate, and write the fraction for each item. Kids are not only practicing their fraction skills but division too.
This fraction game for kids comes from the Oregon Department of Education. Divide students into teams. One child draws the fraction on the board and his or her teammates try to guess the image as well as the fraction. If their team guesses correctly they get a point. When drawing, children can divide single objects to represent fractions (shown above) or multiple objects. For example for 2/5 dogs, a student could draw two dogs and three cats.
Shake and Number Bond
All you need is a cup with a lid and two-sided counters. Kids shake the cup and pour the counters on the table. Then, without flipping any of their counters over, they count how many of each color landed face up. For example, six red and seven blue landed face up, with a total of 13 counters. Six and seven are both parts of thirteen (the whole). This fraction game for kids also helps with addition. Have kids write the number bond and fractions for each color.
You could also use 10 frames with this game. After kids spill their counters on the table, they place the counters on 10 frames. Kids see that 13 equals one 10 and three ones, which helps with place value skills.
Equivalent Fractions Musical Plates
- sticky notes
- paper plates
- permanent marker to write fractions
- visual representations of fractions to glue on the plate