Swat Math Games

Identify Numbers, Greater Than/Less Than, Adding
Identifying Coin Names & Coin Values, Greater Than/Less Than, Adding Money

                                                                                                                                       
Swat
games are simple and require very little materials. All you need are these free printables and fly swatters. It’s amazing how giving a student a fly swatter can make them
so much more interested in math and reading. Below I have provided the materials
directions for the various Swat games.
Tips for All of the Games
As
always, laminate these from the beginning so that they can be played over and
over again. Make multiple copies of each game so you can divide the class into
smaller groups to play. Ziploc bags are great for storing the flies. The flies
can be used for various games. Purchase multiple fly swatters so that you can
have multiple groups playing at the same time.

Print only the numbers or coins/bills you need! If you are working on numbers 1-20, do not print the entire file. Print only the pages you need to save on ink/paper. 

Depending
on your group sizes, you may find you require additional flies to play the
games. The amount I gave is just a suggestion. If the games are too short, add more flies. If the games are lasting
too long, remove some flies from the game.
I have included a free blank flies file so that you can create your own Swat games as well! 

Tips for Parents
You can easily make and play these games at home, too!



Identifying the Number – Game 1
Materials Required:
  • Fly
    swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 2 Printed copies of number flies per group of students
                  
Directions:
  1. Have
    students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face
    flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Students
    take turns swatting a fly.
  4. If
    they can identify the number, they get to keep it.
  5. If
    the student cannot identify the number they return the fly upside down to the
    pile.
  6. Students
    repeat until there are no flies left.
  7. The
    student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.
Identifying the Number – Game 2
Materials Required:
  • Fly swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 2 Printed copies of number flies per group of students
  • 3 or more players (having an adult ref is suggested)
                  
Directions:
  1. Have students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face flies up so that you see the fly/number.
  3. There should be 2 or more swatters and 1 number caller.
  4. The number caller shouts out a number.
  5. The 2 or more swatters race to swat the number first.
  6. The first person to swat the word gets to keep the number.
  7. The number caller keeps shouting out numbers until they have all be swatted. 
  8. The student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.

Number “Top It” (which
value is higher)
Materials Required:      
  • Fly
    swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 2 Printed copies of number flies per group of students

Directions:
  1. Have
    students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face
    flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Each
    student swats one fly.
  4. The
    student with the highest number gets to keep the flies from that round.
  5. If
    students tie, they each swat another fly to determine who gets to keep the
    flies from that round.
  6. Students
    repeat until there are no flies left.
  7. The
    student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.     

Addition “Top It” (which
value is higher)
Materials Required:      
  • Fly
    swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 5 Printed copies of number flies per group of students

Directions:
  1. Have
    students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face
    flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Each
    student swats two or more flies (you decide based on the skill level of the
    students).
  4. Students
    add their own flies to determine their total.
  5. The
    student with the highest total gets to keep the flies from that round.
  6. If
    students tie, they each swat another fly to determine who gets to keep the
    flies from that round.
  7. Students
    repeat until there are no flies left.
  8. The
    student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.

Identifying the Coin/Bill Name
Materials Required:
  • Fly
    swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 5-8
    Printed copies of money flies per group of students

                  
Directions:
  1. Have
    students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face
    flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Students
    take turns swatting a fly.
  4. If
    they can identify the name of the coin/bill correctly, they get to
    keep the fly.
  5. If
    the student cannot identify the name of the coin/bill correctly, they return the
    fly upside down to the pile.
  6. Students
    repeat until there are no flies left.
  7. The
    student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.


Identifying the Value of the Coin/Bill
Materials Required:
  • Fly swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 5-8 Printed copies of money flies per group of students

                  
Directions:
  1. Have students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Students take turns swatting a fly.
  4. If they can identify the value of the coin/bill correctly, they get to keep the fly.
  5. If the student cannot identify the value of the coin/bill correctly, they return the fly upside down to the pile.
  6. Students repeat until there are no flies left.
  7. The student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.

Money “Top It” (which value
is higher)
Materials Required:      
  • Fly
    swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 5-8
    Printed copies of money flies per group of students

Directions:
  1. Have
    students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face
    flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Each
    student swats one fly.
  4. The
    student with the highest valued coin/dollar gets to keep the flies from that
    round.
  5. If
    students tie, they each swat another fly to determine who gets to keep the
    flies from that round.
  6. Students
    repeat until there are no flies left.
  7. The
    student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.     

Money Total “Top It” (which
value is higher)
Materials Required:      
  • Fly
    swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 10
    Printed copies of money flies per group of students

Directions:
  1. Have
    students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face
    flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Each
    student swats two or more flies (you decide based on the skill level of the
    students).
  4. Each
    student determines the total value of their flies.
  5. The
    student with the highest total gets to keep the flies from that round.
  6. If
    students tie, they each swat another fly to determine who gets to keep the
    flies from that round.
  7. Students
    repeat until there are no flies left.
  8. The
    student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.

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