Math Fact Fun Game #6: Spiral

Math Fact Fun Game #6: Spiral

Objective: Multiplication facts

Materials: Deck of playing cards, one or two dice, game pieces for each player (token, beads, coins, etc.)

How to Play: Start with a complete deck of cards, as well as 1-2 dice and game pieces for each player. Ace = 1, Jack = 11, Queen = 12 and King = 13. (For younger kids, you may want to have an index card with these values written down for their reference so they don’t have to remember or try to figure it out.)

To begin, build a spiral out of the entire deck of cards, as shown in the picture. This will serve as your game board. You can use the same board for multiple games, or create a new board each time to change it up.

Each player then places their game piece at start (the center of the spiral). To start, the first player rolls a die and moves that number of cards on the game board. They must then multiply the number on their die with the value of the card they landed on. If they solve it correctly, they stay there, otherwise they go back to their previous position.

Players then take turns rolling and moving around the game board. If a player lands on a card with another player on it, they “bump” that player back to start. If a player lands on a “double,” meaning the number on their die and the value of their card is the same, they get to go again. The first player to land exactly on the last card and correctly solve the multiplication problem wins!


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