21 Third Grade Math Games To Keep Kids Engaged in Learning

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Third Grade Math Games

Third grade Common Core math takes a big leap into multiplication and division, basic geometry, and rounding, to name a few important skills. It’s hard work, but third grade math games like these can make the experience more enjoyable… and memorable.

1. Count your dots to learn multiplication.

Third Grade Math Games

Multiplication is a new skill for third grade math students, but it builds on concepts they’ve mastered in earlier grades. This card game helps them make the connections. Each player flips two cards, then draws a grid and makes dots where the lines join. They count the dots, and the person with the most keeps all the cards.

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2. Flip dominoes and multiply.

Third Grade Math Games

Eventually, kids will have to memorize multiplication facts, and this quick and easy domino game can help. Each player flips a domino and multiplies the two numbers. The one with the highest product gets both dominoes.

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3. Search for the multiplication equations.

Third Grade Math Games

It’s like a word search, but for multiplication facts! Grab the free printables at the link.

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4. Repurpose a Guess Who? board.

One more multiplication game, using a Guess Who? game board. (You could also do this with division facts.)

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5. Roll and race to practice division facts.

Third Grade Math Games

Multiplication and division go hand-in-hand in third grade math. This free printable game has kids rolling the die, trying to be the first to correctly answer all the problems in one row. Get the printable at the link.

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6. Divide and conquer division pairs.

Third Grade Math Games

Think Go Fish, but instead of matching pairs, the aim is to match two cards in which one can divide evenly into the other. For instance, 8 and 2 are a pair, since 8 ÷ 2 = 4.

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7. Figure out the missing sign.

Third Grade Math Games

Once kids know all four types of arithmetic, they should be able to work backward to see which sign is missing in an equation. The free printable board game at the link challenges them to do just that.

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8. Use sticky notes to play Can You Make It?

Give students a series of numbers on sticky notes along with a target number. Then see if they can make an equation (or multiple equations) that meet the target.

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9. Introduce rounding with a card game.

Third Grade Math Games Adventures in Third Grade

Third grade math students learn about rounding numbers. This card game has them facing off to flip two cards each and round the resulting number to the nearest 10. The one whose number is largest keeps all the cards.

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10. Roll it and round it.

Use this free printable board to play Roll It! for more rounding practice. Students roll three dice, then arrange them into a number. They round to the nearest 10 and mark it off on their board. The goal is to be the first to complete a row.

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11. Use LEGO bricks to learn fractions.

In third grade math, students start learning fractions in earnest. Playing with LEGOs makes it fun! Kids draw cards and use colored bricks to represent the fraction shown.

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12. Play fraction match-up.

Grab the free printable cards at the link and work to make matches between the pictures and the fractions they represent.

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13. Declare a fraction war.

Each player flips two cards and lays them out as a fraction. They decide which fraction is greatest, with the winner keeping all the cards. Comparing fractions gets a little tricky, but if kids plot them on a fraction number line first, they’ll be practicing two skills at once. 

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14. Master telling time to the minute.

Third Grade Math Games

You’ll need some polyhedral dice for this third grade math game. Kids roll the dice and race to be the first to represent the proper time on their clock.

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15. Match up LEGO bricks to tell time.

Write times in a variety of ways on LEGO bricks. Then have students see how quickly they can match them up.

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16. Explore perimeter and area with Array Capture.

Third Grade Math Games

Geometry takes on more importance in third grade math, as students learn area and perimeter. This fun and simple game covers both, and all you need to play is graph paper and some dice.

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17. Build LEGO puzzles for more area and perimeter practice.

The challenge: Build a 10×10 puzzle from LEGO bricks for your friends to solve. Have kids figure the perimeter and area of each puzzle piece too.

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18. Color a polygon quilt.

Third Grade Math Games

Players take turns coloring in four connected triangles at a time, earning points for the shape they create. It’s a fun way to practice polygons.

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19. Play quadrilateral bingo.

Every square is a rectangle, but not all rectangles are squares. Get a handle on quirky quadrilaterals with this free printable bingo game.

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20. Roll and add to build bar graphs.

Third Grade Math Games

First, students roll dice and add the two numbers, writing the equation in the correct sum column. Repeat as many times as you like. Then, ask questions to analyze the data. Which sum did they roll most often? How many more times did they roll the highest than the lowest? It’s an interesting way to review addition facts and work on graphing.

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21. Solve math riddles.

Put together all your third grade math skills to solve these math riddles. Get a free printable set at the link.

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Love STEM? You’ll want to check out these 27 Third Grade Science Projects Any Teacher Can Do.

When it’s time to read, try this list of the Best Third Grade Books, As Chosen by Teachers.

21 Third Grade Math Games To Keep Kids Engaged in Learning

Posted by Jill Staake

Jill Staake is a writer living in Tampa, Florida. She's spent most of her life teaching in traditional classrooms and beyond, from 8th grade English to butterfly encounters, and believes learning is a life-long process.

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