Paper plates are inexpensive and easy to find at the store. I always keep a pile of these, but we never ever use them for eating.
Instead, I store them with the craft supplies. We use them all the time for crafts and other activities. They’re so versatile!
Because they’re shaped like a circle, paper plates are perfect for math games. Here are some fun ideas for math paper plate games suitable for all grades from kindergarten through fifth grade (and up).
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Note: I tried to place these math paper plate games in approximately the correct grade level. As always, your child may be working above or below this level. Choose an activity for the concept your child needs to work on, regardless of the grade level.
Preschool and kindergarten games
Use paper plates to learn about shapes. This shape activity from Laughing Kids Learn is a fun combination of crafts, fine motor, and math practice.
This simple printable from Teach Mama will turn a simple paper plate into a fun number sense puzzle. Learning counting, tally marks, numbers, and more with this great activity.
First and second grade games
Practice skip counting with a lacing game from 123 Homeschool 4 Me. It would be so easy to adapt this activity for any set of skip counting numbers.
Add a fine motor twist to skip counting with this paper plate math game. All you need are some paper clips!
A paper plate is the perfect tool to use practice telling time. Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls shows you how to make a simple paper plate clock.
Add some simple manipulatives, like buttons, and you can use your paper plate as a fun, hands-on addition game.
Memorizing math facts can be fun if you play this fun math fact paper plate game from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
Third and fourth grade games
You can easily illustrate fractions with a paper plate. Add a splash of color and you have these awesome fraction flowers from Teach Beside Me.
Use a paper plate to help memorize your multiplication facts. Find out how to make a paper plate multiplication wheel at School Time Snippets.
Games for fifth grade and up
Create a polyhedron out of paper plates! All For the Boys shows you how you can make this 3-D geometrical shape.
Illustrate Pi with this combination craft and math project from JDaniels4’s Mom.
Use a paper plate to illustrate the diameter, radius, and circumference of a circle with this simple idea from The Reading Buddies.
Which of these math paper plate games are you going to try?
There are just so many fun ideas to do with a paper plate to turn math into a fun, hands-on activity. Choose the one that will help your child the best.
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