Fractions Games Are Great for Teaching and Learning Fractions Painlessly!
Games for fractions? Why not? Dull and boring is how most kids think of learning fractions, but there are plenty of fun fractions games available, so why not make learning fun and painless instead? These math fraction games will enhance learning so that it is retained and remembered better, and it will enhance your teaching experience as well ... who doesn't want to hear, "Oh, boy! Time for fractions!" instead of a stifled groan when math time comes around?
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Pie in the Sky - A fast, fun fraction game!
Pie in the Sky is nothing but fun - a game my kids actually ask to play! Each player (up to 4) has her own flavor of ice cream markers to top the fruit pies with. The gameboard includes whole pies, 1/2 pies, 2/4 pies, 3/4 pies, 6/8 pies, etc. A spinner indicates which pie portion the player can top with ice cream. If it is a piece with equivalents, the spinner indicates the choices available (such as 3/4 or 6/8). The object is to get three ice cream scoops in a row, but beware! Other players can top your ice cream scoop with their own! The spinner may also indicate the player must draw a piece of fruit, which may direct the player to swap a piece with another player, or remove or add one of his own pieces to the board.
The game is played quickly and even the youngest players will quickly learn what fractions are, just by having fun! Extra-thick, sturdy game pieces ensure continued fun and learning.
Top the pies with scoops of ice cream for pie-a-la-fractions! Spin the arrow and choose the pie that shows the fraction or an equivalent fraction. The first player to get 3 pies in a row wins! Pie In The Sky is a fun way for beginners to build skills with fractions! For 2-4 players. Game includes board, spinner, 15 fruit cards, and game markers. (Game box description)
Imaginative Toys for Hands-On Fraction Play - Melissa and Doug make beautiful, heirloom-quality wooden toys!
With the Melissa & Doug Pizza Party, your child can make believe she's running a pizza parlor, doing everything from baking and slicing a pizza to serving it to her guests. This high-quality wood toy is designed for kids three and up and includes a "sliceable" pizza, a pizza tray, 54 pizza "toppings," a pizza cutter, and a server, all packaged in a sturdy wood container. (from game description)
Wooden set features a wooden knife, a storage crate, and seven pieces of "sliceable" fruit that can be cut into a total of 17 pieces. Food makes a fun "CRUNCH" sound when sliced. With so many pieces, it's also a great way to introduce the concepts of part, whole and fractions. 18 pieces in all. (from game description)
This set contains eight pieces of wooden food, a cutting board and a wooden knife. Food makes a fun "CRUNCH" sound when sliced. With 31 pieces, it's also a great way to introduce the concepts of part, whole and fractions. Ideas for teaching extension activities included! (from game description)
Pizza To Go - A variety of fractions games in one box!
Another fun fraction game for teaching fractions to your children! Games include building whole pizzas by collecting pieces of various size; naming the correct fractions while the pieces are upside down (so the marked size cannot be seen); collecting points by taking away the most pizza pieces (if you spin 2/6 you could choose two 1/6 pieces or four 1/12 pieces); collecting fractions equivalent to 1/2; and several other fun games!
Spinner and pizza game pieces are thin coated cardboard; I would recommend lamination if your family plays this game often.
Play games and learn fractions! Kids can play appetizing fraction-based games with play pizzas. The games help to recognize different fractions, as well as add and subtract fractions. Includes nine 7" (18cm) pizzas cut into 51 fractional pieces (halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, eighths, tenths, and twelfths), two game spinners, and game directions. A simple pizza recipe is also provided for a fun and easy way to make your own delicious fraction pizza. For two to four players. (Game box description)
Fraction Manipulatives - Make up your own games or enhance your fraction lessons with hands-on manipulatives!
With these color-coded tiles, students can manipulate parts of a whole to see how they relate to each other. Use the tiles to perform simple math operations with fractions, decimals and percentages. Set of 51 color-coded proportional plastic pieces represents a whole, halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, eighths, tenths and twelfths. Includes 9" x 10" plastic tray, teacher's guide, and two sheets of stickers. (from product description)
Illustrate the relationship between fractions, decimals and percents in a snap with Fraction Tower Equivalency Set. Cubes feature fractions, decimals and percents clearly marked on each side, providing a visual representation of equivalencies. Set includes 51 cubes and a Teacher's Guide. (from product description)
Fractions can be as "easy as pie" with this puzzle. Each Fraction Pie Puzzle is a puzzle and a conceptual fraction lesson, all rolled into a fun activity. Select a card, place the starting pieces, and then complete the circles with the remaining fraction pie pieces. This kinesthetic way to reinforce basic fraction concepts teaches students how fractional parts make up a whole and about equivalencies, common denominators and multiples. Leveled from easy to difficult and self-correcting, the puzzles are perfect as a small group or center activity. It's an entertaining way for students to challenge their brain and understand fractions. Includes game board, 50 leveled puzzle cards (easy to challenging), 65 foam fraction pieces and guide. Solutions included for every puzzle. For 1 to 2 players. (from product description)
Flip 'n Link Fractions
Flip' n Link Fractions is an engaging and action-packed strategy game. While enjoying the game, players learn the concepts of fractions and how they relate to a whole. Simply identify the fractions listed on the game cards, then match their values to the appropriate playing piece. To win, a player must strategically create a link of five playing pieces. But there's a trick! Players must plan ahead to avoid being trapped by their opponents and having their playing pieces flipped to the opponent's side. The action continues until one of the players creates a link. Players win with clever strategies and a bit of luck. (from product description)
Three engaging, action-packed strategy games: fractions, money, and time. For each game, select a card, and match the card to the playing piece. Then attempt to create a link to win! The fun starts when players trap opponent’s playing pieces and then flip the pieces to their own color. The Flip ’n Link games are fast paced and exciting. Each game challenges the players to think. At the same time, the games reinforce concepts of fraction, money, and time.
FREE Online Fraction Games & Lessons - Fun fraction games and lessons to make learning fractions fun!
- Cool Math for Kids - Fractions by Zeebo
Friendly and fun explanation of fractions by Zeebo.
- Fish Tank Probability
BBC math games site - from a fish tank full of colored fish, figure the probability of catching a red fish.
- Decimal Squares - Interactive Fraction Games
FREE online fraction games (requires Shockwave Plug-in). Concentration - turn and match shaded decimal areas. Decimal Blackjack - add decimal fractions but don't go over 2! Plus 6 more great fraction and decimal games!
- Illuminations Fraction Models
Explore different representations for fractions including improper fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percentages. Additionally, there are length, area, region, and set models. Adjust numerators and denominators to see how they alter the represe
- Rescue Island
You're stranded on Rescue Island! Kids survive this math game by putting their brains to work and using fractions to build a bridge, put up a shelter and piece together parts of a plane.
- Pizza Party
Visual pizza provides fraction recognition drill.
- Compare Visual Fractions
Pie charts give visual picture of fractions to compare for drill practice.
Don't Forget Measuring Cups and Spoons!
Let your children play with clearly marked plastic measuring cups at the sink or in a pan of rice. Concrete, experiential learning about fractions happens with no effort at all as they pour from one cup to another!