Kindergarten addition games are necessary to gain students’ interest in math. Learning addition math facts takes a ton of repetition. What better way to build addition fact fluency than with a “Slap-Jack” styled game? The game focuses on addition to 10 fact families. Students will race to slap equivalent addition facts and sums for addition facts 1-10. This math game is a lot of fun, offering fast-paced fact practice. It will build math fact fluency without anyone even knowing it.

– Life Over C's Addition Slap It Card Game Beach

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Beach Theme Slap It! Game Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Paper Cutter

Learning Addition Facts to 10 in Preschool



Ocean themed math activities are a great way to draw student interest while trying to teach important math skills.

This Slap It! game is perfect to pair with ocean books, ocean science experiments, ocean animals, sea turtles, and other preschool ocean math activities. It fits right into a summer or ocean theme.

The goal of the addition to 10 game is for kids to become fluent with addition facts to ten. It takes time and repetition, but eventually children will be able to quickly recall the pairs of numbers that add up to 10.

Single digit addition worksheets are great for assessments, but when you really want to engage kids you need to break out the fact fluency games. Students work way harder when they’re motivated to learn.

The ocean math activity for preschool or kindergarten can be a great place to use “math talk”:

  • What is the sum?
  • Tell me the turn-around fact (commutative property)
  • What number pairs make 10?
  • What is the opposite of addition?
– Life Over C's Have fun learning addition fact families with this super fun card game! This addition fact family game is based on the traditional game of Slap Jack and kids LOVE to play!

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Playing Addition and Subtraction Fact Games?



Playing games and working on number lines is a great place to introduce and practice vocabulary associated with addition:

  • Sum
  • All together
  • In all
  • Total
  • Add
  • Increase
  • More
– Life Over C's Have fun learning addition fact families with this super fun card game! This addition fact family game is based on the traditional game of Slap Jack and kids LOVE to play!

Why Is It Important For Kids To Play Addition Games?

Children learn best when the learning feels easy and fun. 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 Beach Theme Addition Slap It! Game

To Prep:

Print, laminate, and cut all of the cards.

This is a modified form of the old favorite “Slap Jack.” The difference is that there is a center pile in addition to the player piles. The card turned over in the center pile indicates what card you are looking to slap. Once you slap the coordinating card, you turn a new card and begin to search for a new card to slap.

For example: If a “5” is turned over in the center pile, as students go around the circle laying down playing cards, they could slap a 5, 4+1, 1+4, 2+3, 3+2, 5+0, 0+5 or any of those picture cards.

The three formats included are:

  • Digits
  • Numerical Addition Fact Family
  • Picture Addition Fact Family

Choose one format of cards for the CENTER pile. Use the other formats of cards for PLAYING cards. (More copies will create a longer game)

To Play (2-4 players):

  • Place the CENTER cards face down in a pile.
  • Deal the PLAYING cards equally among players and place them face down in a pile in front of each player.
  • Decide the first player.
  • Flip over one of the CENTER cards.
  • In clockwise order, players flip one card at a time. When a PLAYING card is flipped that matches the CENTER card: SLAP-IT! (matches will be in many formats)
  • The first player to slap the card takes the center pile of cards that have been played and adds them to the bottom of their own pile.
  • Flip over another CENTER card and continue playing, this time matching the new card that has been flipped over.
  • Game is finished when time is up or one player has all the PLAYING cards.

Variation: You can start with only two formats (such as the digits and pictures) until children are ready for the challenge of multiple formats. Simply make more copies of the formats you like.

– Life Over C's Have fun learning addition fact families with this super fun card game! This addition fact family game is based on the traditional game of Slap Jack and kids LOVE to play!

 Extend the Activity

Counting Practice

If you child isn’t ready for addition fact fluency, use the cards for counting or number recognition instead. The picture cards are easy to count and promote one-to-one correspondence.

Memory Matching

Use any format of cards and create two sets. Then, place them in a grid to play a classic game of Memory.

Word Problems

It’s always good to tie in real-life word problems to written facts. Use the cards to tell beach stories, like, “There were 2 whales lounging on the beach and 3 crabs started digging holes underneath them. How many ocean animals in all?”

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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