Beach Ball Math

How you can help at home: Try this game to help your child with basic addition and subtraction facts.

By Linda Eisenger, Consulting Educator

This game reinforces the skill of quickly recalling basic addition and subtraction facts.

What You'll Need:

Here's How to Do It

Divide the ball into large sections with the permanent marker. In each section write a numeral. Toss the ball to another player or up in the air and catch. Locate the sections in which the player's thumb has landed, and remember the numeral. Toss the ball again and note where the catcher's thumb lands. Add or subtract these numerals. Keep playing!

Extensions of the game

Increase the difficulty by using larger numbers to add and subtract, or by multiplying the numbers.

Linda Eisinger was named the 2005 Missouri State Teacher of the Year. She was also selected by the Boeing Corporation as the 2005 Outstanding Educator. She has received many other accolades including the Outstanding Educator award from the Smarter Kids Foundation in Canada. Linda is a contributing author to the 2007 Brainquest educational game. She serves as the president of her local teachers' association and continues to teach third grade at West Elementary in Jefferson City, Missouri.