We have been on a school break for a while and it was just extended because of the Coronavirus.  We have done plenty of yard work, all the laundry, and picked up all the dog poop in the yard, so it was time to practice our math facts!

I want to try to make these activities things that you can do with items you already have.

Here’s the list of items for this activity:

  • Stick (from your yard – it needs to be fairly straight and sturdy)
  • Rope, yarn, or string
  • Chalk (almost 3 whole pieces)
  • Ruler, yardstick or straight edge

Step 1:  Clean your surface!  

Step 2:  Get your supplies ready.  

Step 3: Find your center.

Once you figure out the center of your circle, tie the rope to the stick.  One person holds the end of the rope while someone else holds the center stick and walks around in an entire circle.

Step 4: Add the chalk.

Tie the chalk on to the end of the rope so that you can make the biggest circle possible without going off your surface (driveway, back porch, etc).

Step 5: Make your circle.

Carefully drag the chalk around the driveway in the largest possible circle.  I had to be on my hands and knees for this one. Make sure the rope is swiveling around the stick, maintaining the same length all the way around.   You do not want it winding up around the stick, causing the rope to get shorter.

Step 6: Draw a smaller circle.

Shorten the rope and draw an inner circle.

Step 7:  Divide into sections.

Use a ruler or some straight edge to draw segments, dividing your circle.  We divided ours into 18, but I should have probably tried for 20. Make sure your straight edge is always pointing toward the center of your circle.

Step 8:  Add numbers.

Look up some fancy, interesting, or creative numbers to copy into each slot.  They don’t have to match…

…just be sure they are in order!  Whoops, I got so excited about 17, that I skipped 15 and 16!

I fixed it with a little bit of water!

Let the math facts begin!  It does help if you have some flashcards already or a print out of the equations you want to go over, but it is not necessary.  You can have different leaders calling out equations or you can even give points for the right answers.

For younger children: If your children are just learning their numbers, you can call out numbers and they can move to that number!

Addition:  2 + 2 =

Subtraction:  8 – 7 =

For older, more advanced students:

Multi-step mental math:

23 + 4 =

2 x 10 – 6 = 

We played with 2 kids and our neighbors even came over to play!  My daughter even asked to go back outside later and play some more.

Enjoy! Share with your friends and feel free to send pictures of your Cakewalk Math!

Posted by:Karen Riley

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