1. Fly Swatter/Flashlight Tag
These games are relatively the same, but depend on your noise level tolerance. On those crazier days, I will often use the flashlight tag version because it is played with the lights off and silent, but still fun.
To play either game, list several numbers on the board. Divide the class into two teams (my students love playing boys vs. girls, but I have also done the right and left side of the room). One player from each team comes close to the board. Ask a math fact question. The first person to tag the correct answer (either with their flashlight or fly swatter) earns a point for their team.
2. Quiz, Quiz, Trade
This game is a common Kagan style game that can be played with any set of flash cards. You could even create your own cards using index cards. Each player gets one flash card and then walks around the room quizzing their classmates. If the players both answer correctly, they swap cards and repeat the process. If either player gets the answer wrong, have the student holding that flashcard give the correct answer before trading.
3. Kaboom Type Games
I have made several of these types of games for my students including the water balloon version in the picture above, but you can make them very simply using index cards or popsicle sticks. Write math facts on the cards or sticks (without the answers). In addition, write KABOOM on two of the cards or sticks. Players choose a card or stick and if they can answer it correctly, they get to keep it. If they get it incorrect, they put the card back in and it becomes the next player’s turn. However, if they draw the KABOOM card, they have to put ALL of their cards back in. The winner is the player with the most cards.
4. Take Away Game
This game can be made with a paint stir stick. Simply use a sharpie to section off parts, and number each one. The picture above shows an addition version. I have my students use red/yellow disks, but you could use any manipulative that you have two different colors of. Each student chooses a color and then lines up their pieces around the paint stick as seen in the picture.