math trayHave your kids gone back to school yet? If not, it’s not too late to brush up on their math facts. I am not a huge fan of flash cards, but some things like sight words and math facts just have to be practiced – a lot. When kids are sharp with them it makes other work easier. This simple hands-on activity isn’t complicated and won’t take all day, but it will help keep your child from slipping too far down that summer slide!

What You Will Need

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  • an ice cube tray
  • a permanent marker
  • wooden craft shapes


How to Set It Up

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  1. Write simple equations on one set of wooden craft shapes. These come in bags of various shapes at any craft store. We chose oval for equations and circles for the correct answers.
  2. Write the answers on the circles.
  3. Place the equations in the ice tray.

Time To Play


Be available to help, but let your child do as much as they can independently. The equations shouldn’t be overly challenging; I like putting one or two that aren’t sure things, but the rest should be review.

If your child is eager, mix the equations up, time them and repeat trying to beat the best time!math tray 3

The second greatest thing about this is that you can keep adding new equations as your child masters the previous. Don’t throw them away, though – review them. The greatest thing is that with the limited number of spots, it won’t overwhelm your child. It will just be a cool way to practice math.



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About Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is a former preschool teacher and director who started her popular early education blog No Time For Flash Cards as a way to keep one foot in her professional life while knee deep in motherhood. Learning should be fun and it's Allison's goal to help all parents be able to add a little fun and learning to their child's day. Allison lives in a yellow farmhouse outside of Seattle with her two kids and husband.

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