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Fact Family Ice Cream

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Learning fact families can be a delightful experience, especially when it involves ice cream! We’re excited to introduce a free, engaging game called “Fact Family Ice Cream,” perfect for students in grade 1 and grade 2. This hands-on activity not only helps young learners grasp the concept of fact families but also adds a scoop of fun to their maths lessons.

Introducing Fact Family Ice Cream

“Fact Family Ice Cream” is a creative and interactive game where students build fact

families using ice cream scoops. It’s an excellent tool for reinforcing basic addition and subtraction skills while encouraging cooperative play and critical thinking. This game transforms a fundamental maths concept into an exciting activity, making learning both effective and enjoyable.


How to Play

  1. Preparation:

    • Print out the ice cream scoops and game boards from the downloadable file.

    • Cut out the ice cream scoops and laminate them for durability. Depending on the number of players, you may need to print extra pages.

    • Place all the laminated ice cream scoops in the middle of the playing area.

  2. Gameplay:

    • Each student gets a game board to work on.

    • Students take turns picking up an ice cream scoop from the middle and trying to create a fact family.

    • Once a student completes a fact family, they fill in the four number sentences on the recording sheet (e.g., if the fact family is 2, 3, and 5, the sentences would be 2+3=5, 3+2=5, 5-2=3, 5-3=2).

  3. Winning the Game:

    • The player who completes all their ice cream fact families first wins the game. Alternatively, set a time limit and the player with the most completed fact families at the end of the time wins.


Educational Benefits

  • Enhances Understanding of Fact Families: This game provides a practical and visual way for students to understand and practice fact families. By manipulating the ice cream scoops, students can see the relationships between the numbers, helping to solidify their comprehension of addition and subtraction facts.

  • Promotes Cooperative Learning: Students engage in a fun, shared activity, promoting social interaction and teamwork. This cooperative element helps build a positive classroom environment where students support each other’s learning.

  • Develops Critical Thinking Skills: Players must think critically to form fact families and complete their ice cream cones. This encourages logical reasoning and problem-solving, essential skills in mathematics and beyond.

  • Encourages Hands-On Learning: The tactile nature of the game helps to keep young learners engaged. Using physical objects to represent abstract concepts makes the learning experience more concrete and accessible, particularly for kinaesthetic learners.

  • Provides Differentiation Opportunities: The game can be easily adapted to meet the needs of diverse learners. Teachers can modify the difficulty by selecting specific fact families or limiting the numbers used, ensuring that all students are appropriately challenged.


Classroom Integration Tips

  • Math Centers: Use the “Fact Family Ice Cream” game as a fun and educational centre activity. It’s perfect for small groups and allows students to practice independently or with minimal teacher guidance.

  • Early Finishers: Keep a set of the game ready for students who finish their work early. It’s a productive way for them to use their extra time.

  • Review Sessions: Incorporate the game into review sessions to reinforce fact family concepts before a test or assessment. It’s a great way to make revision interactive and enjoyable.

  • Home Learning: Send a set home for students to play with their families. This helps to extend learning beyond the classroom and involves parents in their child’s education.



The “Fact Family Ice Cream” game is a delightful and effective way to teach fact families to young learners. By transforming a foundational maths concept into a fun and engaging activity, students are more likely to develop a strong understanding and retain their knowledge. Download the game today and watch your students enjoy learning about fact families in a way that feels like play!

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