Family Games

Sum-It-Up Addition Game

By: Highlights Editorial
Looking for fun math games for kids? Get kids thinking about different ways to approach a problem with this egg-citing sum-it-up addition math game.
Ages 3+
Critical Thinking

This game gets kids thinking about different ways to approach an addition problem. Sure 2 + 2 = 4, but so does 3 + 1. And either answer will get the job done in this egg-citing game.

What You'll Need

What to Do

  1. Paint a cardboard egg carton white to make the chicken. (Remember: Make one egg carton chicken per player.)

  2. Glue on felt wings, feet, beak and comb. Add wiggle eyes.

  3. Number the egg slots from 1 to 12. Then place a cotton ball in each slot.

To Play

Players take turns rolling the two dice and adding up the dots. The players remove the egg from the egg slots whose numbers add up to the sum of the dots. (For example, if the dice show a 5 and a 3, the sum is 8. The player could remove an egg from just the 8 slot or from any combination that equals 8, such as 7 and 1; 6 and 2; 5 and 3; or 4, 3 and 1.) If the egg that a player needs has already been removed, the player skips that turn. After the players have each rolled 5 times, they count up their eggs. The player with the most eggs wins.  

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Play the game again except with one die and use subtraction. If you roll a 5, for example, you could do 12 - 7 or 10 - 5. Keep the eggs you use and end the game after each player rolls 4 times.

Older kids: Make the game about more than just addition. Incorporate other operations to help you reach your answer. So, if you roll the dice and get 10, you could add 4 + 6 or multiply 5 x 2 or divide 10 ÷ 1.

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By: Highlights Editorial