Punch A Cup Monster Math Flash Card Game for First Grade

how to make a punch-a-cup math gameAre you looking for a fun way to have your first grader practice addition and subtraction during Halloween Week?  What’s more fun than a punch-a-cup game filled with prizes? But there’s a catch … the only way to win a prize is to correctly solve a Monster Math addition or subtraction problem.

Monster Math flash cards can be downloaded for free and printed on cardstock to use with your punch-a-cup Halloween themed math game idea for first graders. They can also be used for practice of addition and subtraction facts to 20 without the game throughout the entire school year.

To use as a punch-a-cup game, you will also need to create a punch-a-cup board that goes to 20 twice. This allows students to practice addition and subtraction. When used in a classroom of 20, each student would go twice drawing one addition and one subtraction fact for their turn. When used in homeschool, you could utilize the game board throughout the week, doing 2 addition and 2 subtraction facts daily with one child.

Note: The free Monster Math Flash Cards have four extra math facts that do not need to be used with the game.  They were added to not waste card stock and are found on the last page of the math facts (6-4, 8-3,  9-2, 12-2).

Supplies Needed to Make the Game

You will need the following supplies for this activity:

Free addition subtraction flash cards with facts to 20 for first grade featuring fun monsters.

Supplies Needed to Make the Punch-A-Cup Board

You will need the following supplies to make a punch-a-cup game board:

  • Foam Poster Board
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 40 Red Solo Cups
  • 40 Napkins or Paper Towel Squares
  • 40 Rubber Bands
  • 40 Prizes (noted above)
  • Permanent Marker