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Math games are even more fun with these creative, versatile math monsters!

This activity is appropriate for:
kindergarten 2nd grade / 5 7 years

You will need:

Directions

  1. Provide each student with a recycled tissue box and some wrapping or scrapbook paper.
  2. Help students wrap, cover and decorate their tissue boxes with the paper.
  3. Instruct students to cut out teeth and/or a tongue from construction paper. (You may want to precut the teeth and/or tongue for younger students.) Have them glue it in or around the tissue box opening to create the “mouth” of the monster.
  4. To create antennae, have students tape on pipe stems or poke them through the top of the box. Then add pom-poms and/or wiggly eyes to the top of the pipe stems.
  5. Finally, have students write a Monster Math Rule that their monster will follow. For example, “I only eat odd numbers.” Or “I only eat even numbers.” Or “I only eat numbers greater than 10.” Or “I only eat numbers less than 10.”
    Note: You may want to provide students with a list of rules to choose from based on what you are teaching. For example, use simple number value rules for younger students, and use addition or subtraction rules for older students.
  6. Have students tape their rule beneath the mouth of their monster.
  7. Then have students cut out the number cards, addition cards or subtraction cards. Have them “feed” their cards to other students’ monsters according to the monsters’ rules.

Learning Extension

Place this project in a math center with a set of addition and subtraction cards. (You can make your own cards, or use our Addition & Subtraction Playing Cards.) Choose one of the following rules to have students follow when “feeding” the math monster:
  • Feed me only cards that have even-number answers.
  • Feed me only cards that have odd-number answers.
  • Feed me only cards with solutions up to 20.
  • Feed me only cards with solutions less than 20.

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