Division With the Stamp Game

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Division With the Stamp Game
Math - Arithmetical Operations
Div Stamp Game.JPG
PrerequisitesUnderstanding of Decimal System
MaterialsStamp Game Set
green pencil
blue pencil
red pencil
strip of paper

This activity teaches the child division at a higher level of abstraction.


Static Division

  1. Take the material to a table. (Could also be done on a very smooth mat with a clipboard for writing.) Start with a problem that won't require exchanging and that won't have a remainder.
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  2. Lay out the stamps for the first number in the problem.
    Div Stamp Game 3.JPG
  3. Remind the child that the second number in a division problem shows how many people you are dividing amongst.
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  4. Set the skittles for the divisor as shown.
    Div Stamp Game 4.JPG
  5. Start divvying out the thousands.
    Div Stamp Game 5.JPG Div Stamp Game 6.JPG
  6. Then divvy out the hundreds.
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  7. Divvy out the tens.
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  8. Divvy out the units.
    Div Stamp Game 9.JPG
  9. Remind the child the answer is the amount that each person gets. Record the answer on the paper.
    Div Stamp Game 10.JPG Div Stamp Game 11.JPG

Dynamic Division

This is done in the same way as Static Division, except that exchanging must take place.

  1. step one
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  2. step two
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  3. step three
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  4. step four
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  5. step five
    Div Stamp Game R 5.JPG
  6. step six
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  7. step seven
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  8. step eight
    Div Stamp Game R 8.JPG
  9. step nine
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  10. step ten
    Div Stamp Game R 10.JPG
  11. step eleven
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  12. step twelve
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  13. step thirteen
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  14. step fourteen
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  15. step fifteen
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  16. step sixteen
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Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions


A standard stamp game set includes 81 unit stamps, 81 ten stamps, 81 hundred stamps, 18 thousand stamps, 9 unit skittles, 9 ten skittles, 9 hundred skittles, 1 thousand skittle, 9 green circles, 9 blue circles, and 9 red circles.

Make Your Own

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Stamp Game tiles in color Stamp Game tiles in black and white Problem Slips - Division Stamp Game

Where to Buy

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