# Fraction Activities and Games for Elementary Math

Fraction activities and games help take the mystery out of math. We can help with unique tips from one of the very few second generation homeschool families.

Whole numbers, simple fractions like a half and a quarter - that's easy for most children.

But can you remember the awful feeling of sheer panic when you came up against a half plus two fifths?

For me, it was the start of the end as far as math was concerned.

The homeschool secret is:  Make Fractions Fun.

These games and activities will help you tackle fractions in a way that is fun for both you and your child.

## Teaching Fractions

Many elementary schools start teaching fraction problems far too young.

In fact, I'm going to make a suggestion based on personal experience:

Leave teaching fractions as long as you can.

You will do no harm if your child doesn't start to tackle complicated fraction problems until High School.

Look at what this experienced Math teacher says:

"Sometimes math teachers are little more than helpless witnesses watching one after another of a class...become confused and discouraged by their experience in a math lesson." (Gareth Lewis, One-to-One.)

Fraction activities and games can take the fear away.

You can also help improve all your child's elementary math abilities simply by spending time together doing homeschool Math Activities.

You can also try the Life of Fred math books which seem to work magic for some families.

"My mom just got me Life of Fred Fractions. I absolutely love it! It actually makes math fun! I used to dread math. Now I want to do it all the time!" ~ Judith

## Fraction Games

The more you can make parts of a whole seem real, the better. Here are some ways you can make fractions appear no harder than eating a pizza:

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I like the way the manufacturer agrees that teaching fractions isn't "the easiest concept for children to grasp, and if we're honest parents often have a hard time explaining them to children."

This Fraction Tower Cube is an appealing hands-on way to reinforce fractions at home with colorful, interlocking cubes to explore and compare them.

The whole idea with elementary fraction activities and games is to keep it enjoyable!

There's nothing nicer than finding a favorite thing your child likes playing games with and then making a fraction out of it.

• Elementary math activities and games to teach fraction problems often revolve around pizzas. That's not surprising; pizzas were almost invented just to be sliced up in different amounts!

The advantage you have is to add to the fraction games by making your own. There can be few nicer ways of teaching homeschool fraction problems than by ending up eating the results!

• Chocolate or candy bars are easy to use for simple fraction games. You can halve, quarter and divide until the one sixteenth that's left becomes the treat. Orange segments are a homeschool healthy alternative.
• Try this fraction tray as a nice visual way to learn fractions.  Here are some reviews:

"We have a set of these for our homeschool classroom. They are very educational, illustrate fractions well, and are colorful."

"I bought this for my K-er to play around with when it was on sale. After a couple of days of playing around, she was able to add fractions with the same denominator, compare fraction sizes, and make wholes from parts. Needless to say, this set is an amazing tool for a visual learner."

It comes with ideas for fraction games too.

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## Free Fraction Worksheets

You can get free fraction worksheets at Mike's Maths Club including:

• animal fractions
• helping Hollie Hamster complete her fabulous floral growth charts
• using fractions to create a Dr Frankenstein picture

## Elementary Math Activities

#### Teach Fractions using Time

A good way to show your child how a fraction works is by using a watch.

The clock face was designed precisely because it uses fractions of a circle to represent time.

If you show your child an analogue watch, your homeschool fraction games can start by working out 'quarter past', 'half past', etc. until you get all the way to a sixtieth and measure a minute.

#### Go online for fraction games

There are a number of websites covering elementary math activities.

They're variable - some are quite fun, but don't teach very much, and some are boring.

I've also discovered that what one child likes, another finds unappealing.

Here are some top picks:

• This free interactive online math site tries to make choosing halves, thirds and quarters fun using pears, biscuits and pizza.
• Try this website we've used for homeschool fraction games.

My overall advice is that whatever fraction activities you choose, you need to be guided by your child. Some children have no problems, others really struggle

"Young children often have problems with fractions and..that puts some people off math for life." (Gareth Lewis, Unqualified Education.)

Timing is everything. If you can have fun with fractions that's half the battle because if you take the pressure off, your child will get there in the end.

You'll see that our approach is to make homeschooling math fun and the more time you can spend with your child doing activities together the better.

• You can make shapes, play triominoes and find out the value of Pi with homeschool Geometry.
• You can get lots of ideas for homeschool Elementary Math and games here. In fact, you'll need to do some fraction activities if you want to make up the food for the animals when you join us as a zoo vet!
• You'll find more suggestions for fraction activities on the websites we suggest in our homeschool Online Activities.
• You can also see our homeschool math curriculum guide, with tips on how to avoid expensive mistakes. Helping others choose the right curriculum isn't easy, so click here to give your Homeschool Curriculum Review.

Fraction activities and games are the way to stop your child being put off math and, with your help, make fractions fun.

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