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.

Natasha Mila says

Hey! Just letting you know that I don’t think any of the links to the games are active!

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Thanks so much – something must’ve gone wonky on the back end. I think it’s all fixed up now!

– Leslie

Natasha Mila says

Thank you!!

Natasha Mila says

PS I am seriously reading every single post of yours currently before I begin my first year teaching kinders 🙂 I was in a middle school this past year but kindergarten is where I want to be so I am terrified and happy about the transition. We have some curriculum but it will likely be mostly up to me so your standards based planning is incredibly helping my sanity! I start in the end of July – wish me luck in beginning to plan!!

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Absolutely – Good luck! I’m so glad to hear that you get to create your own plan – in my opinion boxed curriculum is overrated 😉 You’ll do great, especially if kinder is where you want to be!!

Ann Spencer says

Oh, wowie-wow-wow!! Thank you!

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Thanks Ann – you made me smile!

Crayons and Curls says

Wow! These are amazing! Thank you so much for creating these! 🙂

Cheryl

Crayons and CurlsLeslie @KindergartenWorks says

Thanks Cheryl for your kind words!

Carol Hodam Castillo says

Thanks for sharing ~

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

You’re welcome Carol – thanks!

krissyminer says

Leslie, This is so amazing! I am moving to Math Centers next year and this will be perfect. Your products amaze me…thank you so much for sharing. Going on my FB page RIGHT now.

Krissy

Mrs. Miner’s Monkey BusinessLeslie @KindergartenWorks says

Krissy, I can’t wait to hear how you do math centers!

Kari says

Thanks so much! This will be great to use with my students!!!!!

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Thanks Kari!