Is everyone sick of Fidget Spinners at this point? Aside from the kids, that is? I have to admit, I kind of like them.
Well my kids fell into the fidget spinner trap so now we own 4. Yes, 4! They were inexpensive at Target so…yeah. Anyway, I am big into minimalism right now so my main goal was to give the fidget spinners a bigger purpose for us.
(Not that there is anything wrong to use them for fidget purposes, but I didn’t feel like my kids needed that, so I had to justify them another way)
I saw an amazing idea from Your Modern Family that made fidget spinner worksheets. Sweet!
I had to add our own twist though…
Fidget Spinner Math and Movement
So the basic idea is the same – spin the spinner and complete as many problems as possible.
But my kids aren’t kids that feel challenged by timers. Actually, timers stress them out so much they aren’t worth it. They would end up doing less problems.
I had to distract them from the idea of the spinner timing them.
When the spinner stops, you look at where the tip ended up. They should all point to the same color (if not, designate one side to be the ‘picker’ side with a little piece of tape or an arrow).
Depending on what color you get, you’ll do different things. On this page if you spin red then you have to find the biggest sum in the red column.
Then you’d do that many arm circles.
So these math problems incorporate a bit of movement into the math day.
Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication (Oh my!)
I had a few friends looking for some fidget spinner pages so I made a few versions:
- Addition within 10
- Addition within 20
- Subtraction within 10
- Subtraction within 20
- Multiplication by 2s, 3s, and 4s
- Multiplication by 5s, 6s, and 7s
- Multiplication by 8s, 9s, and 10s
These pages are meant to be a fun way to practice some math facts. Give them a fidget spinner and a pencil and let them go for it!