One of the best ways to practice math facts, specifically multiplication, is to play games. You can find tons of fun games online. Many of them involve materials or game boards you already have lying around. I like to switch up my math games during the fall months to make things a little more festive. We play Bump to practice many of our skills. This Halloween Multiplication Activity is one of my students’ favorites, simply because it’s themed! I’m going to show you what you’ll need and how you play! You can find it HERE.
Halloween Bump Game!
What is Bump?? Bump is a fast-paced math game for two players. It practices math facts from number identification to multiplication. This game in particular practices simple multiplication facts from numbers 1 – 6. The materials are super simple. All you need is:
- Game board
- 2 dice per pair
- 10 game markers of one type or color (for each player.)
For this Halloween multiplication activity, I suggest using candy corn and marshmallows! You can also use Unifix cubes or colored counters of any sort if you don’t have candy.
The game is perfect for the beginning of 3rd grade when students are just starting to learn their multiplication facts.
I like to let them use white boards and markers to draw pictures / arrays if needed. That way, they can practice writing their facts down while also visualizing them.
How to Play
Learning to play the halloween multiplication activity is just as easy as setting up.
Roll two dice and multiply the numbers shown. If the product is on the game board, cover that space with your marker. You can bump your partner’s color and take their space! If you cover a space with two markers stacked on top of each other, you lock that space and it can’t be bumped. The player to use all of their markers first is the winner!
Why I love this resource:
There are a few reasons I love this bump game!
- It is so easy to implement and the students like playing it over and over again.
- Once they know how to play, you can even create your own game boards with larger numbers and different themes.
- You can print the pages, put in a page protector or laminate it and the students can play during centers.
- It’s an incredibly fun Halloween multiplication activity for upper elementary.
Blank Template Included!
There are blank templates included. You can print the pages and write your own numbers for differentiation. This creates a wider variety of playing boards for your students to use. You can write the numbers and then laminate them so the numbers stay.
You can also choose to change the directions to an addition or subtraction game if you wish. This is a PDF file, so you can’t type in the text. You will have to print and write it in.
I hope you enjoy using this fun Halloween Multiplication Bump this spooky season! I can’t wait to see how you use it!
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