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.
This Nerf Gun Math Game is perfect for working on math facts at home.
It’s one of our favorite Nerf gun games.
We had so much fun with our Nerf Gun Sight Word Shoot that we couldn’t wait to pull out the foam darts and try another learning game with Nerf guns.
This time we used them to work on math facts.
This activity isn’t just for boys. In fact, this is one of my daughter’s favorite kinesthetic math activities. She loves getting to move while learning.
Nerf Gun Math Game
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This activity can be done with whatever math facts your child is working on at the time. We used flash cards with addition facts, but you could also use subtraction, multiplication, or division facts.
To set up your “math range,” roll a small piece of painter’s tape and stick it on the back of each flashcard. Then use the tape to secure the flashcards to your blocks. (Tip: If you don’t have cardboard blocks, check your recycling for cardboard boxes and soda pop cans.)
I suggest starting with 8-10 flashcards. This will keep your child from feeling too overwhelmed. You can always add more and make a larger set up as they begin to feel more confident.
To keep your darts from flying everywhere, and make clean up faster, you can use a large piece of cardboard or a sheet as a back drop.
Once your range is set up, have your child find their favorite foam dart gun and plenty of darts.
Have them read the math fact and answer it before shooting the flashcard. If they answer correctly, they get to shoot the card.
Reading the flashcard out loud adds an auditory component to the visual and kinesthetic parts of this activity. That means your child is using at least 3 different learning styles, helping them learn those facts even faster.
Once the Nerf darts start flying, your child will be having so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning.
You may also enjoy these fun ways to practice math facts at home.
Math Shooting Games
Looking for more math games with shooting? Check out these ideas!
- Shoot & Add — Use plastic cup targets and foam dart guns to work on adding skills
- Water Gun Subtraction — Kids will have fun shooting at the sidewalk chalk targets and learning to subtract.
- Water Squirter Math — Answer the problem right and knock down the targets with water squirters.
- Stand Off Water Math Game — This one is so much fun on a hot day! Answer correctly and shoot the person across from you. Answer incorrectly and be squirted.
- Times Table Shooting — This is a free online game. You can even decide which math facts your child needs to practice.
- Zombie Math — In this free online game you are fighting zombies. The zombies disappear if you answer the problems correctly.
For more fun hands-on math activities check out these fun posts:
- Subtraction Squish
- Math Fact Races
- ABC’s & 123’s: 40 Play Activities to Build Letter, Number, and Shape Skills
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Originally published Jan.14, 2016.