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By Taylor Martin • August 29, 2022

10 Free Games to Teach First Grade Math Foundational Skills

The math foundational skills taught in first grade are crucial in developing a level of understanding students can build upon throughout the rest of their educational journey.

Our team of former educators has created these effective and engaging resources you can use to help your students master key standards, all while fostering a love of learning! All of the games listed below are tailored to Common Core standards, and can be found within eSpark’s differentiated math curriculum. Try out these games with your students for free!

1. Extreme Number Bonds

Complete the number bond equations by filling the empty circles with the correct number!

Extreme Number Bonds game

Standard Alignment: 1.OA.3 – Number Families


2. Bugs’ Block Party

Help Boss get to Bugs’ block party! Listen to each clue them tap the correct number to travel along the fence to the party.

Bugs Block Party game

Standard Alignment: 1.OA.6 – Adding and subtracting up to 20


3. Fishing for Numbers

Frank the Fisherman is trying to catch as many fish as he can. Help him by catching the fish with the number that’s missing from the equation.

Fishing for Missing Numbers game

Standard Alignment: 1.OA.8 – Finding the missing number


4. Ant Addition

Help Marianne and Minty bring food home to their family by correctly answering the addition problem.

Ant Addition game

Standard Alignment: 1.NBT.4 – Adding two-digit numbers


5. Monroe’s Moon Math

Monroe is stuck and needs your help to get home to Mars! He needs eight rocks to fuel his space ship and get home—collect them by correctly answering the addition problem.

Monroes Moon Math game

Standard Alignment: 1.NBT.5 – Adding and subtracting


6. Ziggy to the Rescue

Help Ziggy get the duckling back to its mother by following the path and solving problems to conquer obstacles.

Ziggy to the Rescue game

Standard Alignment: 1.MD.1 – Ordering by length


7. Rainbow Time

The rainbow lost all of its colors! Help fill in the colors of the rainbow by telling time.

Rainbow Time game

Standard Alignment: 1.MD.3 – Telling time


8. Animal Counting

Count how many animals there are and choose the correct tally amount to represent the number!

Animal Counting game

Standard Alignment: 1.MD.4 – Sorting and counting


9. Priscilla’s Shape Bakery

Help Priscilla decorate cakes in her bakery with the correct shape designs.

Priscillas Shape Bakery game

Standard Alignment: 1.G.1 – Shapes


10. Flamingo Number Run

Flippy the Flamingo loves numbers! Help her collect the right numbers for her special occasion by grabbing the numbers that make the comparisons true.

Flamingo Number Run game

Standard Alignment: 1.NBT.3 – Comparing numbers


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