Memorizing addition facts to 10 is one of the building blocks of elementary math. My girls are always working on math activities for kindergarten and beyond. Memorizing addition to 10 facts isn’t always the most fun thing to do, but the more you know your facts, the easier math will be in late elementary school. I’ve found that fun, hands-on fall math activities and games are the way to go! Fun math games increase number sense, build motor skills, and pique kids’ interest all in one. The Acorn Addition Facts Memory Game focuses on +1 facts. It’s a great place to start to gain that fact fluency!

#### Fall Theme Addition Matching Game Supplies:

• Printer/Ink
• Laminating Supplies
• Paper Cutter
• Brown Construction Paper

## Learning Addition Problems in Kindergarten Math

##### FALL MATH ACTIVITIES FOR KINDERGARTEN

MATH SKILLS IMPROVE WITH LOTS OF REPETITION. NUMBER SENTENCES CAN BE TRICKY TO LEARN, SO THE BEST WAY TO PRACTICE IS WITH ADDITION GAMES FOR KINDERGARTEN.

Simple addition worksheets for kindergarten are a great way to assess adding skills. But when it comes to giving kids meaningful practice, board games, card games, number line games, and more are the way to go.

The free printable fall matching game gives a ton of practice with basic adding +1 facts. It also never hurts to sharpen our memory skills!

After playing the game a couple of times, I’m betting those kindergarten math worksheets with addition will be way easier for kids! They will be able to apply the skills they learned while practicing with the fall matching game.

In addition to gaining fact fluency with +1 facts, the fall preschool or kindergarten game can help introduce and practice important math concepts. Here are some questions for young learners:

• What is the sum?
• When you add one more, where do you land on a number line?
• Is the sum bigger/smaller than the addends? Why?
• Can you switch the addends around and get the same sum?

## What Can Preschoolers Learn While Playing An Acorn Addition Game?

##### KINDERGARTEN ADDITION WORKSHEETS AND GAMES

LEARNING BASIC MATH FACTS SHOULD BE FUN, NOT TEDIOUS. MATCHING GAMES ARE ENGAGING FOR KIDS AND THE FALL THEME IS THE ICING ON THE CAKE.

Simple addition games and activities help kids learn and use important vocabulary associated with addition:

• Sum
• Commutative property
• Total

## Why Is It Important For Kids To Play Addition Games?

Children learn best when the learning feels easy and fun, like shapes scavenger hunts! Playing math games encourages practice with a ton of important skills while cleverly disguised as a fun game!

### Number Sense

Playing math games improves numbers sense which is the ability to understand, compare/contrast, and relate numbers to each other.

### Automaticity

When children effortlessly (automatically) know basic math facts, it makes more complex computations easier.

### Vocabulary

Encouraging kids to use math vocabulary while playing games (sum/difference/total/greater than/less than)is a meaningful way to practice.

### Cooperative Learning

Simple games with partners or small groups give kids a lot of practice with social skills, like taking turns, following rules, and winning/losing.

## How to Make the Acorn Addition Memory Game

### To Prep:

Print a copy of the memory game on white card stock. You will only need one sheet of card stock. Cut out all the memory cards. Laminate if desired.

### To Play:

Sort the cards into two stacks, one for the math problems and one for the answers.

Lay all the cards face down on the table (or floor), keeping the two types of cards separate.

Player one turns over a card from each section. Did you find the correct answer to your problem? If so, keep the match and play again. If you don’t have a match, turn your cards back over and it’s the next person’s turn.

It’s fun to play and practice math facts with a friend, but if you don’t have 2 players, don’t let that stop you. You can easily play this with one person. Just keep turning over cards until you’ve made all 10 matches.

## Extend the Activity

### Word Problems

Tell silly word problems for each match made. “There were 4 squirrels in the tree and 1 more squirrel joined them. How many squirrels in the tree now?”

### Counting Practice

If you child isn’t ready for addition fact fluency, use the number cards only. Play memory match, put them in sequence, or pick a number card and count objects.

### Write Number Sentences

After all of the matches have been made, kids can record the number sentences while practicing reading them out loud.

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