Third grade math students really have to step up their game. Multiplication, division, and fractions are all part of the standards, along with basic geometry, rounding, and more. Keep your students motivated to learn with these fun third grade math games!
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1. Count your dots to learn multiplication
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. Punch holes for multiplication
Arrays are a popular way to teach multiplication skills, and this is a fun activity that uses the concept. Pull out some scrap paper and cut out squares or rectangles. Then use a hole punch to make dot arrays to represent multiplication equations.
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3. Visit the Multiplication Shop
This is so fun! Set up a “store” with small toys and give kids a “budget” to spend. To make purchases, they’ll have to write out the multiplication sentences for their picks.
4. Flip dominoes and multiply
Eventually, kids will have to memorize multiplication facts, and this quick and easy dominoes 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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5. Make multiplication pool noodles
Pick up some pool noodles and use our easy tutorial to turn them into the ultimate multiplication manipulatives! This is such a unique way for kids to practice their facts.
6. Search for the multiplication equations
It’s like a word search, but for multiplication facts! Grab the free printables at the link.
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7. 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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8. 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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9. Craft division fact flowers
This is so much more fun than flash cards! Make flowers for each number and use them to practice division facts.
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10. Roll and race to practice division facts
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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11. Divide and conquer division pairs
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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12. Take a turn at Jenga
It’s so fun to use Jenga in the classroom! Create a set of division-facts flash cards 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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13. Figure out the missing sign
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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14. 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 meets the target.
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15. Introduce rounding with a card game
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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16. Toss pom-poms for rounding practice
Use adhesive stickers to label the wells of a mini muffin tin. Then give kids a handful of pom-poms. They toss one into a well, then try to land a matching color into the appropriate number for rounding. For instance, if they throw a blue pom-pom into 98, they’d try to throw another blue one into 100.
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17. 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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18. Use LEGO to learn fractions
In third grade math, students start learning fractions in earnest. Playing with LEGO makes it fun! Kids draw cards and use colored bricks to represent the fraction shown. Check out even more ways to use LEGO bricks for math.
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19. Match up plastic eggs
Try a different kind of egg hunt to practice equivalent fractions. Write fractions on each half, then have kids find them and make the proper matches. (Make this harder by mixing up the colors!) Check out our other ways to use plastic eggs in the classroom.
20. 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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21. 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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22. Master telling time to the minute
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 toy clock.
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23. Explore perimeter and area with Array Capture
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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24. Draw perimeter people
Have kids draw self-portraits on graph paper, then calculate the perimeter and area of their block people. Cute and fun!
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25. Build LEGO puzzles for more area and perimeter practice
The challenge: Build a 10 x 10 puzzle from LEGO bricks for your friends to solve. Have kids figure out the perimeter and area of each puzzle piece too.
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26. Color a polygon quilt
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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27. 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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28. Roll and add to build bar graphs
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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29. Play tic-tac-graph
Creating good graphs is important, but so is knowing how to read them and interpret the data. This free printable asks kids to answer questions based on the information shown in a simple bar graph.
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30. Solve math riddles
Put together all students’ third grade math skills to solve these math riddles. Get a free printable set at the link.
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