A flash of blue and orange flew across the room, followed by half a dozen more and a bunch of giggles. Sounds like your typical Nerf gun battle, only in our house those flying Nerf darts mean learning is going on. We had so much fun with our Nerf Gun Sight Word Shoot that we couldn’t wait to pull the Nerf guns out again for this hands-on Nerf Gun Math Activity.
Nerf Gun Math Activity:
- Nerf guns
- Flash Cards (We love over-sized ones like these.)
- Cardboard Blocks (Can be substituted.)
- Painter’s Tape
To set up your “math range,” use a small piece of painter’s tape (or masking tape) to secure your flashcards to the cardboard blocks. If you don’t have large, cardboard blocks you can raid the recycling bin for cardboard boxes or even aluminum soda pop cans. (Pop cans are super fun to shoot because they make a fun noise knocked to the ground.)
Want to keep the darts from flying everywhere? Use a large piece of cardboard as a back drop.
Once you’ve got your range set up, it’s time to call the kids, grab the Nerf guns, and have some fun practicing math facts!
Have them read the math fact and answer it before shooting the flashcard. Reading the flashcard out loud adds an auditory component to the visual and kinesthetic parts of this activity.
As the Nerf darts start flying, your child will be having so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning.
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- Subtraction Squish
- Kinesthetic Math Activity
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- Hands On Math Activities by Frugal Fun for Boys