Swamp Goblin and Fairy House Math Game


We love to make our own math games, and nothing brings equations home like a game of Swamp Goblin/Fairy House.

The game is very easy to make, and kids get really creative with it. Last time we had pop-up swamp goblins, and fairy houses with working doors and windows.


  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Scissors


We introduce the concept of true and false equations with a directed lesson. This game aligns very well to the two math programs we are using. The sample in the picture was made as a preteach activity for Eureka Module 1 lesson 17, and as an extension with MyMath lesson Grade 1 Lesson 14.

We show the kids how to fold the paper and go over true and false equations. Each kid prepares their own came and equations. They exchange them and feed the equations to either the fairies or swamp goblins. We send the games home at the end of the day, and the kids love showing it to their families.

Domain: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Major Cluster: Work with addition and subtraction equations.

1.OA.7 Understand the meaning of the equal sign and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false.

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Haunted Math House


Our haunted math houses are a big hit every year. They give students a creative outlet to explore and deepen their mathematical reasoning. The best part is that there is virtually no prep needed for this awesome project.


  • Paper
  • Black marker
  • Crayons


We review math stories and then demonstrate how to draw a house with the rooms exposed. The class helps generates ideas for math stories in the haunted math house. Favorites have been ghosts, spiders, and jack-o-lanterns. Sometimes we even act them out.

The materials are then distributed, and the kids get to work. It is amazing to see what they come up with. Some kids make flaps and trapdoors, to make their stories more interesting, others have pop-out ghosts and ghouls.

Once we have introduced this activity we offer it as a choice during math centers.

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