# Easy Math Activities

As a math teacher, I’m always looking for **easy and affordable math activities** to incorporate into my classroom! I’m all about making learning fun, without having to spend a lot of my own time or money. One way I save money as a teacher is by **using what I already have.**

I’m sure you can relate when I say that over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of random stuff in my classroom. Don’t get me wrong: I love it when you call for donations and the parents get it done. But sometimes, that results in a **surplus of materials that I don’t end up needing.**

One item I tend to have extra of is paper plates. They get donated for class parties often, but hardly all of them get used. Fortunately, **there are SO many ways to use paper plates in the classroom!** Here are a few examples of fun math activities that can be made out of paper plates.

## Math Activities in the Classroom

Here are 3 of my favorite **“math DIYs”** (as I like to call them) using paper plates. They also make great **early finisher activities!**

### 1. Skip Counting Lace Ups

This first activity is great for having students **practice skip counting**, although I’m sure you could get creative and find many other uses for this as well! Here’s how to make a skip-counting lace up:

**Materials Needed:** 1 paper plate, string, marker, single hole punch

**Steps:**

- In the center of your paper plate,
**write the number that students will skip count by.** - Around the rim of the plate,
**write the skip counting numbers**(as high as you wish to go)**starting with 0.**Write them in random order. **Punch one hole**beside, under, or above each number.- Cut a long piece of string and
**tie it around the 0 hole**as the starting point. - To use,
**students will lace the string through the holes in order as they skip count.**

### 2. Math Fact Practice

This math activity can be used to have students **practice and check any math facts.** Set up is super easy! Here’s how to do it:

**Materials:** 2 paper plates, marker, tape or glue, scissors

**Steps:**

- In the center of one paper plate,
**write the math fact**for students to practice (for example: x8, +10, etc.). - In order,
**write the numbers you wish for students to practice**with (such as 0-10) around the rim. **Make a small cut on either side of each of the numbers**to form a flap.**Tape or glue**the plate onto the second plate to keep it secure.- Lift each flap and
**write the correct answer**on the rim of the second plate.

For more details and to watch me make this math activity, **click here to view my video on IGTV.**

### 3. Fraction Manipulatives

This last math activity is a **wonderful tool for practicing fractions.** It makes a great visual for students when comparing or finding equivalent fractions!

**Materials: **paper plates (number will vary by grade level), scissors, marker

**Steps:**

- Take one paper plate and
**write “1 whole”**in the center. Set aside. - Take a second paper plate and
**cut in half.**Label each half as “1/2.” - Take a third paper plate and
**cut into thirds.**Label each part as “1/3.” **Repeat for as many fractional parts**as you would like to have.- Cutting tip: Start by
**marking the center point**on the bottom of the plate. This will help you cut your fractions as accurately as possible.*(Using square plates instead of round would also help!)*

## Math Activities for 2nd Grade

Each of these math activities listed above can be adapted for any grade level, but are **especially appropriate for 2nd grade.** For more easy and affordable 2nd grade math activities, **click here.**