For some reason, the concept of division really causes frustration for a lot of kids. They do fine with addition, subtraction, and multiplication, but when the time comes to divide (especially long division), they find themselves at a loss. Fortunately, we’ve dug up a wide variety of activities, games, and strategies that make teaching division more effective … and more fun.
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1. Begin teaching division by reading a book or two.
Kids are never too old for storytime. These clever books are the perfect jumping-off point for teaching division, especially if you have kids use counters like pom-poms to act out the story as you go.
- Divide and Ride (Murphy/Ulrich)
- The Doorbell Rang (Hutchins)
- The Multiplying Menace Divides (Calvert/Geehan)
- A Remainder of One (Pinczes/MacKain)
- Bean Thirteen (McElligott)
2. Make division anchor charts to support learning.
Keep anchor charts handy while you’re teaching division to give students an easy reference when they struggle. Use these charts for inspiration:
- Tricks to Learn Division Vocabulary, The Owl Teacher
- Divisibility Rules, My Math Resources
- Long Division with Sticky Notes, Caffeine Queen Teacher
- Division Strategies, Room 330 Anchor Charts
3. Try teaching division with LEGOs.
Check out this video for an easy way to introduce division concepts to your students using perennially popular LEGO bricks. (Get more LEGO math ideas here.)
4. Sort jellybeans into an egg carton.
As you pave the way for understanding division, try activities where kids divide large groups of objects into smaller equal groups. Jellybeans into an egg carton is one great way to do this.
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5. Learn with licorice strings and Skittles.
Kids always love math games that you can eat at the end! Pass out licorice strings and a bowlful of Skittles, and use them for a lesson on division.
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6. Work on different division strategies.
For kids who really struggle with the concept, try teaching division strategies using this free printable mat. It gives them a variety of ways to tackle division problems.
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7. Make division flower learning aids.
An important part of learning to divide is mastering the basic division facts. These cute flowers give kids a colorful way to quiz themselves.
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8. Put together popsicle puzzles.
Snag these free printable popsicle puzzles at the link below to give kids another fun way to practice their division facts. (Plus, find more ways to use wood craft sticks in the classroom here.)
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9. Go Fish for division facts.
Give “Go Fish” a division spin! Instead of looking for matching pairs, players compete to find pairs of cards that divide evenly into each other. For instance, in the hand shown, the player could lay down the 8 and the 2, because they divide to make 4.
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10. Win the division facts race.
If you’ve got a bin full of toy cars, this division practice game is for you. Grab the free printables and learn how to play at the link.
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11. Assemble division star puzzles.
These pretty star puzzles are deceptively tricky! Think of them as dominoes for division. Get a free full printable set at the link.
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12. Fight the division dragon.
Sharpen your sword and get ready to complete The Knight’s Quest! This free printable game is another engaging way to practice your division facts.
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13. Take a turn at Jenga.
It’s so fun to use Jenga in the classroom! Create a set of division facts flashcards using colored paper that matches the Jenga block colors. Kids choose a card, answer the question, and then try to remove a block of that color from the stack.
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14. Play a monster board game.
Grab this free printable board to give your students practice dividing by threes. If you like it, the rest are available for purchase.
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15. Roll and write number sentences.
Dice are a terrific tool for teaching division number sentences. Kids simply roll two dice, then write the multiplication and division number sentences for them. (Tip: Try using dice-in-dice to up the fun factor. Here are other fun dice-in-dice activities too!)
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16. Write the room to practice division facts.
Write the room activities get kids up and moving, which is terrific for learning. Hang these free printable cards around the room, then give kids a clipboard and answer sheet and send them off to find and solve the division facts.
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17. Solve a division puzzle square.
These puzzling squares challenge kids to fill in the correct numbers as they try to create a division problem that works in every direction. Grab the printable at the link.
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18. Spin and divide.
These free printables offer another way to practice division facts. Use a pencil and paperclip to make the spinner.
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19. Draw Equation Maker games.
In the first block, write a series of dividends. Write divisors in the second block and quotients in the third. Kids use markers to cover the numbers that make up a correct equation.
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20. Lay out playing cards for long division.
Once they’ve got their math facts down, kids are ready to move on to long division. We like this fun hands-on method that uses a deck of playing cards. You can start out with equations that don’t require remainders, then get more complicated as kids progress.
21. Work on division facts with triangle cards.
Triangle flashcards are a simple tool for teaching division and multiplication. You cover one corner with your hand, then divide if the colors don’t match or multiply if they’re the same. You can make a set of your own, or buy them on Amazon here.
22. Use the Herding Game for teaching division with remainders.
Just when kids think they have division all figured out, along come remainders! Teaching division with remainders can be one of the trickiest tasks, so start by playing this fun and active game. For each round, the teacher calls out different groups of animals for students to form (“Form herds of 5 elephants!”). Any leftover students who don’t fit into the group go into the “holding pen,” introducing the idea of remainders.
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23. See remainders in real life with cookies.
Buy a couple of bags of cookies and ask your class to find the best way to divide them up fairly. Consider whether remainder cookies can be divided to add fractions into the mix. Now that’s some delicious math!
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24. Turn remainders into a good thing.
Make teaching remainders more fun with this game that turns them into the most wanted! The goal for each round is to wind up with the highest reminder. You’ll need dice, counters, and the free printable game sheets you can find at the link.
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25. Learn to play Damult Dice Division.
Grab three dice and a pencil and paper for this strategy game, named for the teacher who invented it. Roll three dice, and determine the division problem that gives you the highest possible quotient (rounded to the nearest whole number). You get 10 bonus points if there’s no remainder!
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26. Create a division house.
This is such a creative way of teaching division! Kids answer a series of questions to determine the specifications of their “division house.” For instance, to determine the number of windows in the house, students must divide the day of the month they were born by the number of kids in their family. When they’re done with the math, it’s time to draw their house!
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27. Batter up for long division baseball.
This long division game requires a little strategy, as kids roll dice and try to create problems that give them the highest possible quotient on each turn. Wrong answers count as a strike, so be careful! Learn how to play and get the free printables at the link.
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28. Adopt and care for pets.
Add this super cute game to your rainy-day closet, and kids will learn and practice division without even realizing it! Get it from Amazon here.
29. Pass out play money to make teaching division meaningful.
Money activities always grab kids’ attention, because this is something they know they can use someday. Pull out your stack of play money and learn how to use it for teaching division at the link.
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30. Use Bingo for teaching division as fractions.
Division and fractions go hand in hand. This free printable Bingo game helps kids understand the connection between the two.
Learn more: Math Geek Mama
Love these division activities? You’ll want to check out our roundup of multiplication activities too.
Plus, don’t miss these online interactive math games for every level K-12.