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Because who says math is boring?

May 1, 2024

In 3rd grade, math students really have to step up their game. Multiplication, division, and fractions are all part of the standards, along with basic geometry, rounding, and more. Keep your students motivated to learn with these fun 3rd grade math games!

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## Hands-On 3rd Grade Math Games

### 1. Count dots to learn multiplication

Multiplication is a new skill for 3rd grade math students, but it builds on concepts they’ve mastered in earlier grades. This card game helps them make the connections. Each player flips two cards, then draws a grid and makes dots where the lines join. They count the dots, and the person with the most keeps all the cards.

Learn more: Count Your Dots

### 2. Punch holes for multiplication

Arrays are a popular way to teach multiplication skills, and this is a fun activity that uses the concept. Pull out some scrap paper and cut out squares or rectangles. Then use a hole punch to make dot arrays to represent multiplication equations.

Learn more: Hole Punch Multiplication

### 3. Visit the Multiplication Shop

This is so fun! Set up a “store” with small toys and give kids a “budget” to spend. To make purchases, they’ll have to write out the multiplication sentences for their picks.

Learn more: Multiplication Toy Store

### 4. Flip dominoes and multiply

Eventually, kids will have to memorize multiplication facts, and this quick and easy dominoes game can help. Each player flips a domino and multiplies the two numbers. The one with the highest product gets both dominoes.

Learn more: Domino Multiplication

### 6. Search for the multiplication equations

It’s like a word search but for multiplication facts! Grab the free printables at the link.

Learn more: Multiplication Fact Search

### 8. Win the division facts race

If you’ve got a bin full of toy cars, this division practice game is for you. Grab the free printables and learn how to play at the link.

Learn more: Division 1 Racing Printable Math Game

### 9. Craft division fact flowers

This is so much more fun than flash cards! Make flowers for each number and use them to practice division facts.

Learn more: Division Flowers

### 10. Roll and race to practice division facts

Multiplication and division go hand-in-hand in 3rd grade math. This free printable game has kids rolling the die, trying to be the first to correctly answer all the problems in one row. Get the printable at the link.

Learn more: Roll and Race Math Game

### 11. Divide and conquer division pairs

Think Go Fish, but instead of matching pairs, the aim is to match two cards in which one can divide evenly into the other. For instance, 8 and 2 are a pair since 8 ÷ 2 = 4.

Learn more: Divide and Conquer

### 12. Take a turn at Jenga

It’s so fun to use Jenga in the classroom. Create a set of division-facts flash cards using colored paper that matches the Jenga block colors. Kids choose a card, answer the question, and then try to remove a block of that color from the stack.

Learn more: Math Facts Jenga

### 13. Figure out the missing sign

Once kids know all four types of arithmetic, they should be able to work backward to see which sign is missing in an equation. The free printable board game at the link challenges them to do just that.

Learn more: Missing Sign Math Game

### 14. Use sticky notes to play Can You Make It?

Give students a series of numbers on sticky notes along with a target number. Then see if they can make an equation (or multiple equations) that meets the target.

Learn more: Can You Make It? Math Game

### 15. Introduce rounding with a card game

Third grade math students learn about rounding numbers. This card game has them facing off to flip two cards each and round the resulting number to the nearest 10. The one whose number is largest keeps all the cards.

Learn more: Rounding Card Game

### 16. Toss pom-poms for rounding practice

Use adhesive stickers to label the wells of a mini-muffin tin. Then give kids a handful of pom-poms. They toss one into a well, then try to land a matching color into the appropriate number for rounding. For instance, if they throw a blue pom-pom into 98, they’d try to throw another blue one into 100.

Learn more: Pom-Pom Rounding

### 17. Roll it and round it

Use this free printable board to play Roll It for more rounding practice. Students roll three dice, then arrange them into a number. They round to the nearest 10 and mark it off on their board. The goal is to be the first to complete a row.

Learn more: Roll It! Rounding Game

### 18. Use LEGO bricks to learn fractions

In 3rd grade math, students start learning fractions in earnest. Playing with LEGO makes it fun! Kids draw cards and use colored bricks to represent the fraction shown. Check out even more ways to use LEGO bricks for math.

Learn more: LEGO Fractions

### 19. Match up plastic eggs

Try a different kind of egg hunt to practice equivalent fractions. Write fractions on each half, then have kids find them and make the proper matches. (Make this harder by mixing up the colors!) Check out our other ways to use plastic eggs in the classroom.

### 20. Play fraction match-up

Grab the free printable cards at the link and work to make matches between the pictures and the fractions they represent.

Learn more: Fraction Match

### 21. Declare a fraction war

Each player flips two cards and lays them out as a fraction. They decide which fraction is greatest, with the winner keeping all the cards. Comparing fractions gets a little tricky, but if kids plot them on a fraction number line first, they’ll be practicing two skills at once.

Learn more: Fraction War

### 22. Master telling time to the minute

You’ll need some polyhedral dice for this 3rd grade math game. Kids roll the dice and race to be the first to represent the proper time on their toy clock.

Learn more: Telling-Time Game

### 23. Explore perimeter and area with Array Capture

Geometry takes on more importance in 3rd grade math as students learn area and perimeter. This fun and simple game covers both, and all you need to play is graph paper and some dice.

Learn more: Array Capture

### 24. Draw perimeter people

Have kids draw self-portraits on graph paper, then calculate the perimeter and area of their block people. Cute and fun!

Learn more: Perimeter People

### 25. Build LEGO puzzles for more area and perimeter practice

The challenge: Build a 10 x 10 puzzle from LEGO bricks for your friends to solve. Have kids figure out the perimeter and area of each puzzle piece too.

Learn more: LEGO Puzzles

### 26. Color a polygon quilt

Players take turns coloring in four connected triangles at a time, earning points for the shape they create. It’s a fun way to practice polygons.

Learn more: Polygon Quilt Game

### 27. Play quadrilateral bingo

Every square is a rectangle, but not all rectangles are squares. Get a handle on quirky quadrilaterals with this free printable bingo game.

Learn more: Quadrilateral Bingo

### 28. Roll and add to build bar graphs

First, students roll dice and add the two numbers, writing the equation in the correct sum column. Repeat as many times as you like. Then, ask questions to analyze the data. Which sum did they roll most often? How many more times did they roll the highest than the lowest? It’s an interesting way to review addition facts and work on graphing. You can also try this with multiplication.

Learn more: Roll-and-Add Graph

### 29. Play tic-tac-graph

Creating good graphs is important, but so is knowing how to read them and interpret the data. This free printable asks kids to answer questions based on the information shown in a simple bar graph.

Learn more: Tic-Tac-Graph

### 30. Solve math riddles

Put together all students’ 3rd grade math skills to solve these math riddles. Get a free printable set at the link.

Learn more: Math Riddles

## Online 3rd Grade Math Games

### 31. Puzzle Pics

Click and drag the puzzle pieces to answer the double-digit math questions, revealing a cool picture at the end. There are multiple versions for different skills and levels, and you can change the target sums too.

Play it: Puzzle Pics

### 32. Going Nuts

Practice multiplication math facts with a fun squirrel who needs your help to gather as many acorns as possible!

Play it: Going Nuts

### 33. Math Pac-Man

Classic arcade game meets math! You’ll have to think fast to solve the equation and eat the right ghost. Try this one in pairs with one student solving and the other moving Pac-Man as fast as they can.

Play it: Math Pac-Man

### 34. Clear It! Multiplication

Clear the board by creating multiplication number sentences that match the target number. This is such a fun way to practice math facts.

Play it: Clear It! Multiplication

### 35. Pop Penguin Place Value

Join Pop Penguin and play a variety of mini games about place value. Get the right answer and you’ll advance along the game board to victory.

Play it: Pop Penguin and the Place Value Race

### Looking for more? Check out these Third Grade Math Word Problems of the Day.

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