One of our favorite STEM activities of the year so far is the Uno math game that we invented (it’s simple, so someone else may have also invented it. For this version, we decided to focus on basic addition and subtraction to increase our skills and fact memory speed. I find even I could use a bit of help in increasing my math facts speed! Add these math challenges to your list of fun math activities for kids!
Since Monkey struggled with math last year, we spent a good portion of our spring semester focusing on ways to make math a little more fun.
She made amazing progress in the last half of the year, and I didn’t want her to lose those skills over the summer, so we’ve played quite a few math games this summer to prevent summer slide and keep her math skills up.
How to Play the Uno Math Game
Follow along with these easy directions to make your own Uno math game! We love using this game when we are in need of no-prep STEM challenges to do quickly and without much mess.
Uno Math Game Supplies
- Uno card deck
- 6-sided die
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Uno Math Game Rules
First, remove all cards other than the number cards from the Uno deck (if you want to create rules for these cards you can, but we wanted to keep our game simple.
Place all of the number cards face down in a stack. Flip the top card and lay it face up next to the pile of face-down cards.
Player 1 flips a card and lays it next to the other face up card.
Player 1 rolls the die. If it is 1-3, the player will subtract the left card from the right card. If it is 2-6, the player will add. If the first number is smaller than the second number, it defaults to addition.
If player 1 guesses the correct answer, she takes both cards creating a matched set. Her turn is over, and turn continues clockwise to player 2.
Player 2 repeats the same steps for her turn.
If a player ever gets the wrong answer, the player to her left gets a chance to steal the match with the correct answer.
If she is able to steal the answer from the previous player, she still gets to play her turn as normal (meaning she has the chance to score two matches in one turn).
Play continues in this fashion until the one player has 10 matches.
Have you ever played an Uno math game? We found it surprisingly fun!