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Kaboom: Simple and Fun Math Facts Game for Elementary Students

Math is one of those subjects where students either have a natural attraction towards or don’t. 

You have to find ways to make learning math concepts fun and engaging. But, above all, informative and practical.

When I was trying to think of math games for small group rotations and choices, I made a version of Kaboom! My students loved it and we played it frequently in our rotations.

What is math kaboom?

Kaboom is a game that encourages students to practice skills and think through their answers! Students can play solo or in a small group, and it is great practice for sportsmanship and healthy competition. The goal is to practice 

How to Play

The rules of the game are pretty simple (and adaptable):

  • Students can play solo or in a small group (I would recommend 4 at the most, but you could do more).
  • Students choose a card (or popsicle stick, see my note below) and have to solve that problem on the card! Such as, 4 x 2 = 8 or 15 / 3 = 5.
  • If they get the answer right, then they keep the card! Then, the next player gets a turn.
  • If they get the answer wrong, then they put the card in a discard pile and it’s the next player’s turn.
  • If they get a Kaboom! card, then that player has to put all their cards back in the pile. Then, the next player goes!
  • The goal of the game is to get as many questions correct as you can and try to keep as many cards as they can!

To adapt this game, you could:

  • Make the game by writing on popsicle sticks instead of printing cards.
  • Put cards/popsicle sticks in a small container.
  • Give students a time limit to answer questions.

Available in my store

These are simple to make on your own, but can be time consuming. If you’d like to save some time, I have my list of Kaboom cards on my TpT store available below!

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