MATH ANXIETY

 
 
Dyscalculia

HOW TO OVERCOME MATH ANXIETY

The best way to overcome anxiety Math is to play games. If those suffering math anxiety are feeling relax and confident then they will learn and overcome their fear. Games are fun and brilliant way to engage with children or teenagers who are struggling.

Below are a few games to play with those with Maths Anxiety or those who suffer from Dyscalculia :

  • All games can be played with 2 or more players but often with Dyscalculia or children with maths anxiety it is better to only play with 1 child and 1 adult, generally they don’t like being embarrassed in front of siblings or friends and get more wrong when under pressure.

1. anxiety Math game : Addition Snap

Equipment : Pack of playing cards

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  1. Split the deck of cards into two.

  2. On the count of 1,2,3 both players place a card in front of them.

  3. The first player to add the two cards together and answer wins the two cards

  4. The adult player has to count to 5 on their fingers before they are allowed to answer. Adults can obviously count to larger number eg 10 or 15 if the children needs more time to answer, so making the game fair.

  5. Winner = the player with the most cards in their pile wins

*Jack, Queen, King cards all = 12  OR Jack = 11, Queen = 12, King = 13


2. anxiety math game : Times Table Snap

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If children with Math Anxiety probably feel unconfident in their basic skills and games like these will massively improve their skills and speed.

Equipment : Pack of playing cards

(make sure they already have some knowledge of times tables by playing games on sites like Table Fables where children can learn their times table and dividing by watching funny animation and EVERY CHILD can WIN £50)

  1. Split the deck of cards into two

  2. On the count of 1,2,3 both players place a card in front of them

  3. The first player to MULTIPLY the two cards together (eg 8 x 9 = 56) and shout the answer out wins the two cards.

  4. The adult player has to count to 5 on their fingers before they are allowed to answer. Adults can obviously count to larger number eg 10 or 15 if the children needs more time to answer, so making the game fair.

  5. Winner = the player with the most cards in their pile wins

*Jack, Queen, King cards all = 12

eg Queen(12)  x 9 = 108

Jack (12) x 7 = 84


3. anxiety Math game : Adding up to 10 or Number Bond Game

Adding up to 10 (or number bonds as teachers call it) are essential to know off by heart and fast. If they can master this then their maths anxiety will decrease.

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Equipment - Deck of Cards

  1. Deal out 16 cards in a grid.

  2. Each player has to look for cards that ADD UP TO 10. If they find two card eg 6 + 4 they pick them up and keep in their pile.

  3. One player is in charge of the deck. They replace new cards where ones have been taken up.

  4. No.10 cards can be pick up without finding another card

  5. Jack, Queen and King cards = 12. They can only be picked up with a 2 eg introducing taking away eg 12 - 2 = 10







4. anxiety Math game : SUBTRACTING GAME

Subtracting numbers can be difficult for those that have Math Anxiety, Dyscalculia or number Dyslexia but playing games and having fun will massively help them with accuracy and speed.

Equipment - Deck of Cards (2 person player)

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  1. Split the cards into two piles - Give a pile to each player

  2. On the count of 1,2,3 you both put down a card.

  3. The first person to SUBTRACT the lower card from the highest card wins the two cards and puts them in their pile.

  4. The adult player has to count to 5 on their fingers before they are allowed to answer. Adults can obviously count to larger number eg 10 or 15 if the children needs more time to answer, so making the game fair.

  5. Jack, Queen and King cards = 12. Eg Jack (12) - 5 = 7, Queen (12)  - 8 = 4

  6. The player with the most cards in their piles wins the cards in the end.



5. ANXIETY MATH GAME : Triangles

This game will help addition frustrations and relax those with Maths anxiety or Dyscalculia.

Equipment - Deck of cards (Take out the Jack, Queen and Kings)

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1.Deal out 2 cards to each player.  

2. The cards are placed in front of them as 2 corners of a triangle with the highest value card at the top and the lowest value on one of the bottom left corners.

3. In turn each player then takes a card from the stack. If the card, when added to the one at the bottom of the triangle, makes the number at the top of the triangle they shout, “triangle” (i.e. if the first two cards are 7 and 4 then the 7 goes on top 4 at the bottom -   3 is needed to complete the triangle).

4. When a triangle is won. They replace two new cards to start to form a new triangle.

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5. If the card they take does not add up they return it to the bottom of the stack and the next player has a turn.

6. Winner is either first person to complete 3 triangles or person with most when all cards are used up or everyone is stuck.













6. ANXIETY MATH GAME : CONFUSING MATHS WORD GAME

THIS IS BRILLIANT GAME THAT EVEN TEENAGERS LIKE PLAYING WITH PARENTS. EVEN MORE FUN IF THERE’S A PRIZE AND FORFEIT INVOLVED.

There are a lot of different words in maths than can confuse children and adults!! This game should help.

Equipment needed - Deck of cards

Print out this sheet and cut up into cards

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  1. Divide the deck of cards into two

  2. Stack up the word cards face down in the middle.

  3. Turn over the first word card eg Total

  4. After the count of 1,2,3 each player puts down one card each.

  5. The player that either adds, multiplies, subtracts or divides (only do divides if the children are advanced enough -  as the majority of answers will have a remainder in the answer)

  6. The player that gets the answer first wins the two cards and puts them in their pile.

  7. The adult player has to count to 5 on their fingers before they are allowed to answer. Adults can obviously count to larger number eg 10 or 15 if the children needs more time to answer, so making the game fair.

  8. The WINNER - is the person that has the most cards at the end of the game.