So many times, what you CALL an activity determines how FUN the activity is. (Remember Garbage Monster?)
So it is with “ticket math,” another little gem of a game that we pull out from time to time to review facts (mostly math).
Here’s how you play:
- Print out or write the facts that you want to review on a piece of paper.
- Cut up the paper so that each fact is on it’s own individual slip. The slips don’t have to be very big–they are the size of a single “ticket”–but you don’t want them so small that they disappear.
- Tell your kid that you will “pay” for a certain number of completed tickets. (The amount I pay varies, but usually it is a single treat for four tickets. This follows my rules for rewards and games.)
- Hand out the tickets, a pencil, and a container to hold the treats (assuming the kid doesn’t want to just eat them as he goes!)
- Stand back as the tickets start flying in your direction. Since we’re usually doing math problems, I correct as they come in . . . sending back any that don’t make the grade.
Another fun way to review those pesky facts. Enjoy!