Ultimate Guide to Hands-On Math for 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade

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Hands-on activities make math fun, reinforce learning and help kids remember math facts.  Lets talk math for our 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders.

Ultimate Guide to Hands-On Math for 2nd, 3rd and 4th Graders

I’ve taken many of the various math concepts that are often the focus of those grades and turned to the fabulous Mommas of the internet blogging world to share their ideas on how to make math fun, hands-on and, did I mention, fun? 

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Numbers and Operations

Place Value

Printable Place Value Slider from Suzie’s Home Education.
Suzie's Home Education:  Place Value Slider

Whole Body Math Learning: Stomp It! Place Value Game  from Creekside Learning
stomp it! place value math game

Place Value Addition Game from Suzie’s Home Education

Place Value Bean Bag Toss from Lighting a Fire

Counting Up to 1,000 and Beyond

Make a Thousands Chart and play some games from Creekside Learning.
Games for counting to 1,000

Try some Extreme Dot to Dot , from 500 up to 1,400.
Extreme Dot to Dot, up to 1,400

Love these  Base Ten Blocks from Learning Resources.
Plastic Base Ten Starter Set

Addition and Subtraction – from 4- to 7-digit numbers

Math on the Windows from right here at Creekside Learning, for adding/subtracting/ multiplying/dividing and more.
Math on the Windows

Climbing the mountain of addition game from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational can be done with numbers from two digits on up.
Climbing the Mountain of Addition Game from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Addition and Subtraction Puzzles with Craft Sticks from Kids Activities Blog

Multiplication and Division

Hands-On Multiplication with a 3D Lego graph from Frugal Fun 4 Boys
3D Lego Multiplication Graph from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Multiplication with Legos: Candy Store Math from Frugal Fun 4 Boys.

Multiplication Bingo from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Math Squares for Multiplication, Division and More from Afterschool For Smartypants
Math Squares from Afterschool for Smartypants

Division Dice Game from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Tons of hands-on activities for beginning to learn the times tables from Suzie’s Home Education.

Division Car Racing Game from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Dividing Cookies Into Groups from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
Dividing Cookies into Groups from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Number Lines – positive and negative numbers

Feet-on math, walking the integer line of positive and negative numbers in this Squidoo Lens by Jimmie.
Walking the Integer Line

Numbers Washing Line, adapted to include negative numbers, from Lessons Learnt Journal.

Roman Numerals

Roman Numeral Clay Coins Activity from Creekside Learning.
Make Roman Numeral Clay Coins

Roman Numeral Activities with Gummy Worms, Toothpicks, and more from Learning Ideas – K-8.

Measurement and Data

Telling time fluently

Scrambled Schedule Game for telling time from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
Scrambled Schedule Game from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Giant Clock With Sidewalk Chalk and let the kids be the clock hands, from Who Would’ve Thought.

Hula Hoop Clock from Two Can Do It.

Make a Clock from Creekside Learning
Learning How to Tell Time: Make a Clock from Creekside Learning

Money – Making Change

Play this grocery store game to learn about adding money and making change from Suzie’s Home Education.
Grocery Store Game from Suzie's Home Education

Making change with the Pinkalicious Lemonade Stand from us, Creekside Learning.
Make change with the Pinkalicious lemonade stand

Learning to Make Change from Frugal Fun 4 Boys.

We recently got the Pretend and Play cash register and have incorporated that into our money learning and change-making games.


Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register

from: Learning Resources

Graphs and Tables

Bar Graph Activity for elementary students from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Lego Bar Graphs from Science Sparks
Lego Bar Graphs from Science Sparks

Sponge Bar Graph from Teacher Tipster

Fractions – Identifying, ordering, adding and subtracting.

10+ Ways to Play With Fractions from Suzie’s Home Education

Fractions With Music Notes from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
Fractions with Music from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Fractions Card Game from What Do We Do All Day
fraction-math-card-game from What Do We Do All Day

Play games with the Fraction Tower Cubes: Equivalency Set

Fraction Tower Cubes: Equivalency Set

Hands-On Fractions Activities, from Jimmie on Squidoo.

Mean, Median, and Mode

Mean, Median, and Mode board game from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
Mean, Median, Mode game from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Geometry

Kitchen Geometry from What Do We Do All Day.

Everything Tanagrams from the Squidoo Lens by Jimmie.

Angles in Snow Flakes from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational.
Angles in Snowflakes from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Tessellations mix shapes (geometric or random) and art from What Do We Do All Day.
math-art-tessellations-project from What Do We Do All Day

Mix art and math with Mobius Strips from Artchoo.
Mobius Strips from Artchoo

To make geometry manipulatives with paper, check out Math Central.  Thank you to Jimmie at Jimmie’s Collage for sharing this resource in her post:  Ultimate List of Printable Math Manipulatives and Games.
Ultimate List of Printable Math Manipulatives and Games from Jimmie's Collage

How to Build a Straw Tower by Jimmie’s Collage.

Geometric SolidsView-Thru Geometric Solids set from Learning Resources.
View-Thru Geometric Solids

For Kids Who Like to Learn With Books

Math chapter books from What Do We Do All Day.
Math Chapter Books from What Do We Do All Day

 

Books About Division  from Teach Beside Me.
Books About Division from Teach Beside Me

More Hands-On Math Ideas:

Looking for hands-on ideas for your kindergartener or 1st grader? You can find that by clicking the photo below.
Hands-On Math Activities for Kindergarten and 1st Grade