When I taught first grade, our math program included a lot of fun games. One of those games was called In/Out. It's such a simple game, and it's a great way to teach your kids math concepts.
I made my game Eastery by using Easter candy corns, and I used a peat pot with a glittered bunny on it (a plain cup and small pebbles works perfectly fine if you're not into the holiday theme).
In/Out Record Sheet
Cup (not glass or see through)
How To Play
1. Decide how many counters to use.
2. Have one player close his eyes, or leave the room.
3. The other player hides as many counters under the cup as he chooses and covers them up with the cup. Then he leaves the other counters out of the cup. Here's an example. If you're using 10 counters, then the hider could put 3 counters under the cup, and leave 7 counters out of the cup.
4. The hider then tells the other player to open his eyes. He has to guess (or better yet, mathematically figure out) how many counters are under the cup based on the total number of counters, and the number of counters outside of the cup.
Here's the In/Out record sheet. You can print it by clicking here. The record sheets have different numbers at the top. Use the number of counters printed on the top of the record sheet. I also included a blank record sheet so you can choose the number of counters yourself.
I like this game because you can adapt it for any ability level, and for the cuteness factor, it can be adapted for any holiday. I made a Christmas In/Out game last year. Click here to check it out.
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