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Write the answers to the questions of a worksheet on another piece of paper. Encourage your child to match the answers with the correct problems from the worksheet.
Create a Matching Activity
If he gets 25 as an answer and there is no 25 listed on the answer page, he knows that he needs to work the problem once again. Not only will you be adding a little interest to a familiar activity, but you'll also be giving your child a way to check his answers, making the activity more independent.
With a few more supplies, there are several more easy ways to create variety.
Instead of a plain sheet of paper, write the answers on a page of blank dot stickers. Allow your child to match the correct answers with the corresponding math problem.
Does your child really need to get some wiggles out? Create an obstacle course in your backyard (or if you're brave, in the living room.) Put the math questions on one side of the yard and the answers on the other. Allow your child to race back and forth to try and find the problems and their matching answers.
Create a Sorting ActivityWrite out all of the answers to the worksheet on slips of paper. Group similar answers together into 2 to 4 piles. Make applicable titles for each group and write these out onto scrap paper or make a chart on lined paper.
When your child is ready to play the review game, mix up all of the answer slips and encourage him to resort them into their appropriate columns.
Make a MazePrint out a blank maze. (Find them for free at krazydad.com/puzzles.) Using game pieces from a board game that you currently own, set out "obstacles" in the maze. Determine how many math questions your child has to answer correctly in order to conquer each obstacle.
For instance, should your chosen "obstacles" be foot soldiers, riders, and trolls, the rules of engagement could be the following:
Foot soldier: correctly answer 2 problems
Rider: correctly answer 4 problems
Troll: correctly answer 6 problems
Then, invite your child to play. Hand him a game piece and encourage him to set it at "start." Allow him to proceed through the maze. When he comes upon an "obstacle," insist that he answer the appropriate amount of math problems before he can move on in the course.
The game ends when he makes it successfully to the "finish" with his game piece.
There's no need to end math time with tears. Up-cycle a worksheet with one of these hands-on review activities.
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