I have found a secret weapon that saves me time teaching math games that I use in our practice zone (guided math center). Want to know what the secret is? Making the directions easy for beginning readers by relying on what they read well – pictures!

Here are **12 free math games** I’ve downloaded from other teachers and used in my own classroom… *plus* I’ve made **picture directions for each game**.

You can totally get it all for free and stock up your stash of math center games too.

Before I started teaching math using a small group format, I never had the time nor opportunity (with any of the curriculum previously used) to involve math games (other than war) to reinforce skills.

Now that we have the freedom and flexibility – I love it. I see so much progress with the time they get to work on skills by playing games.

## 12 Free Printable Math Games

These free instant downloadable resources help build up these **Common Core Standards**:

- K.OA.1.f. Represent addition and subtraction with verbal explanations and mental images.
- K.OA.1.g. Represent addition and subtraction with expressions and equations
- K.OA.5.a. Add fluently, orally or in writing, within 5.
- K.OA.5.b. Subtract fluently, orally or in writing, within 5.
- K.CC.7. Compare two written numbers between 1 and 10, and state which is more or less.
- K.G.4.b. Describe three-dimensional shapes to identify their various attributes including faces and edges.

Click to see any of these free games and the wonderful bloggers they came from:

With so many materials, I need to really capitalize on getting my kinders to focus on the challenge at hand and not to get lost in the “stuff.”

You can relate to that one, right?

## Free Picture Directions for Each of the 12 Games

I created some direction sheets for each of these games that I am putting into the practice zone.

That way they can use the directions to:

- be reminded of how to play
- use the materials correctly
- more easily keep game items together

After I modeled one game of “Bump” with a direction sheet, I haven’t had to revisit the rules or procedures – really! {I honestly didn’t expect that!} I have tons of bump games now, but they get it without any explanation since the directions always stay the same.

**You can get all 12 direction sheets I’ve created to go with each activity – simply add your email address below and I’ll send them to you right away.**

These are also helpful for giving directions to a substitute teacher, parent volunteer or aide! Simply stash the directions with the game in a gallon ziploc bag and you’re good to go!

If you enjoyed this post, please take a moment to share it with a teacher friend who may also dig free stuff. I look forward to sharing ideas with you weekly just like this one.

### More Printable Math Activities

- Free Game for Adding 1
- Teddy Bear Number Line Addition
- Subtraction – Am I the Last One?
- More Bump Games

### Get the Math Games Directions

Save instructional time with 12 free picture directions for these kindergarten friendly games you downloaded from this post.

Fiona Reyna says

Super awesome – thanks for sharing!

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Thanks Fiona!

Miss T says

Looks awesome 🙂 Picture cues are a great idea for the little ones, that’s for sure!

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

And how 😉

Mary Lirette says

Thanks for sharing a few of my Bump/Roll and Cover games! Math games make learning so much more fun! 🙂

Mary

Mrs. Lirette’s Learning DetectivesLeslie @KindergartenWorks says

Of course Mary – your games are loved by my kinders! Thanks for letting me share!

ketchenskindergarten says

This is a fantastic post! I really love the direction cards – both for kids and adults (coming into the room, subs, aides, etc. – whoever!). Thanks for sharing one of my resources – this post really is awesome!!!

Arianne

Ketchen’s Kindergarten

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Thanks Arianne! Your stuff is amazing!

Jen E says

Thank you for this post! It has lots of good stuff! 🙂

Jen

Jen’s Kinder Kids

School Sparks Renee says

These look like great ideas! Thanks! (Yeah – preparing for a sub is more work than just being at school!!) Renee

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Thanks Renee!

heathernnance says

Thank you for sharing all these wonderful games and bloggers!!

heathernnance@yahoo.com

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Thanks Heather!

amoffatt says

I remember preparing for the sub and it always seemed like more work than just being there:) Anyway, I just entered your giveaway on Teachers Notebook…I hope I win!!

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Here’s to you winning Annie 😉

Vickie says

Thanks for the shout out and for making the directions pages!

Vickie

Mrs. Plant’s PressLeslie @KindergartenWorks says

You’re welcome Vickie! My kids really like the fluency flashcards!

Tiffani Mugurussa says

Thank you for sharing such great resources

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Thanks Tiffani!