Years ago, I invented a homemade board game for Austin and Ethan called “Candy Fractions.” Katie knows about this game and occasionally requests it for homeschool math so she can eat some candy while learning about fractions. We played a round recently, so I thought I would write a short post about the game.
I hand drew circles divided into pie pieces and rectangles divided into several sections. Players start at the first shape and take turns rolling the dice and placing small candies like m&m’s or chocolate chips onto the board. The first player rolls the dice and whatever number they get is the number of candies they place on their square or circle. One candy goes on one small space within the larger shape. That player then has to say what fraction of the shape is covered with candies and what fraction is not covered. The candies are then cleared and it’s the next person’s turn to roll the dice and place candies on the next shape. The game ends when all the shapes have been covered with candies.
Then each player gets to pull a fraction card from a small pocket on the back of the game board. The cards are marked 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 4/4 to decide what fraction of four candies they are allowed to eat. My kids enjoy playing the game several times so as to maximize their candy intake.
This has been a fun way to add variety to homeschool math and I think it has really helped the kids get a basic understanding of fractions as well.