One of the games I thought we might play this summer to sharpen Kaia’s math skills is Multiplication Bingo. I found this great site for creating your own Bingo cards, Print Bingo, and simply plugged in the answers to the multiplication facts for 2×2 through 9×9. If two or more equations have the same answer, like 3 x 4 = 12 and 2 x 6 = 12, I only entered the number 12 once on the bingo sheet. I printed the cards out on yellow paper and ran them through my handy-dandy laminator.
Then I wrote down the equations on red paper and laminated them, too. I wasn’t planning to pulling this game out until the next time she said “MOM! I’m bored!”, but Kaia saw me doing this and wanted to play immediately. So, we put the red equations into a paper bag. She would pull them out, one at a time, and say the answer. If either of us found the answer on our card, we’d cover it with a blue cube. I was the first to yell “BINGO!”, so we kept playing until she made 5 in a row and could scream it herself, too. Next time I think I’ll use chocolate covered raisins instead of blue cubes. Then we can eat our playing chips when we are done! Yay for fun learning!