Second Grade Math: Fun Fractions Games

Who says fractions are boring? With these cards enjoyment is guaranteed.

 7 different  games to play with the cards, so it doesn’t get boring.

Skills learned:  Concept of fractions,  numerator and denominator, comparing two fractions.

Just print the cards (2 times each page), laminate them , cut the cards, choose a game and play.

    1. Fractions war game
      • The deck is divided evenly, with each player receiving half of the cards.  Anyone may deal first. Each player places his stack of cards face down, in front of him.
      • Each player turns up a card at the same time and the player with the higher card takes both cards and puts them, face down, on the bottom of his stack.
      • If the cards are the same rank, it is War. Each player turns up 3 cards face down and one card face up. The player with the higher cards takes both piles. If the turned-up cards are again the same rank, each player places another 3 cards face down and turns another card face up. The player with the higher card takes all  cards, and so on.
      • The game ends when one player has won all the cards and wins the game.
      • Note: Using bar fractions cards at the beginning will make it easier on the child to learn the fractions. Then you can use the pie cards and eventually mix them.


    1. Fast flipping fraction war game:
      This is a little twist on the war cards game to make it a little bit more interesting. Instead of the one with the higher card taking the cards it’s the one who puts his hands on the higher card who takes the cards. This will keep all player alert as the fastest player take it all.
      This game is for advanced fraction students.


    1. Fractions domino like game
      • Place the cards face down on the table and mix them up
      • Each player gets 7 cards. Keep your dominoes in front of you but hidden from your opponents.
      • Open 1 card from the pile and start taking turns.
      • The first player must then place a matching card next to the first card. A matching card is either a card with the same fraction color or a card with the same fraction value. For example, if the first card pulled from the pile is  one half the first player can put 1 half, two half or anything with 1 half value like 2 quarters , 3 out of six and so on. If the player does not find a matching card he takes a card out of the pile.
      • the first player to stay without cards wins.


    1. ­Fractions jumping game
      Put cards on the floor and ask the child to jump on each card with a value you decide on. For example ask him to jump on all the cards that equal a half.


    1. Fractions I-spy game
      Put the cards on the floor , unorganized and as far apart as possible. Say: I spy a card that equal __ and the child runs to all the cards with that value until he/she finds the one you spied.


    1. Fractions memory game:
      • Mix up the cards.
      • Lay them in rows, face down.
      • Take turns turning over any two cards.
      • If  the two cards match , keep them. The next player ask a question about the cards like what other options are there to get the same value: for example if the cards are 1/2 he can answer 2/4 0r 3/6  and so on. If the player answer correctly he gets another turn.
      • If they don’t match, turn them back over.
      • Try to remember what was on each card and where it was. Watch and remember during the other player’s turn.
      • The game is over when all the cards have been matched.
      • The player with the most matches wins.


  1. Fractions lottery game:
    Take all the bar cards and divide between the players.
    Make a pile out of the pie fractions cards faced down.
    Pull the first card from the pile: each player get to pull out all the cards with the same value that he has.
    Keep puling cards. The player that is left without cards wins.


A note: These cards can also be used with more traditional deductive teaching:


    1. Show cards with different denominator and numerator that equals 1 to explain bigger denominator means smaller pieces of the pie.


    1. Show cards with same denominator and different numerator to explain numerator affect.


  1. show to cards with a different numerator and denominator but with the same value like 1/2 and 2/4 and ask how to get from 1 to another: in the example its multiplying by two.


Finally:  in a few days I will post another fun fractions game with the cards so stay tuned :-).
Which game your kid loved most? let me know in the comments section.  A picture of you and your kid playing will make us really happy.  If you have more ideas to play with the cards we would love to hear them too.


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