Division or Subtraction Facts Bucket Toss

Hey, all!

I hope everyone is doing ok in the midst of Sandy!

Well, recently I've been realizing that my huge mass of a metal desk would be awesome to use for all sorts of magnetic math games. I've got several ideas in mind, but a quick stop at Dollar General helped me get one game already in gear. I found these cute, little black buckets for Halloween. They only had nine, so I bought them all, but twelve would have been even better.


What I Did:

  • I stuck some Hobby Lobby circle magnets on the back of each one (Walmart ones s***.)
  • Then I placed Avery 5410 number stickers from 3 to 12 (except for 10) on each bucket.
  • I also made some bottle cap division problems with the problem on top and the answer inside. This comes from a separate bottle cap math facts activity I do with my students that you can check out here.
  • I stuck the buckets on the side of my desk and placed the bottle caps in a cleaned out Clorox wipe container.

Time to Play:

  •  While in math stations, students rotated to this game in groups of three. 
  • Taking turns, they chose a bottle cap and named the answer. They showed the inside to their partners who told them if they were correct or not.
  • If they were correct, students tried tossing the bottle cap into the bucket with the right number on the front.
  • If it went in, they earned a point. If they didn't, they had to put it back in the pile of caps.

Loads of fun, and I can easily remove the buckets when it's time to put up another game. One student even marked a toss line with tape (so bright!).

I tutor a 3rd grader, and we played the same game with subtraction bottle caps.

If you'd like to make this game with the labels I used, click the following links:
Number Labels 1-12 (I used Avery labels 5410), but you could just print them and Mod Podge them on.
Bottle Cap Math Fact Labels

Have a great week and hope you have lots of learning fun with your kiddos!



  1. This is a great idea. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

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    Granny Goes to School

  2. This is a wonderful idea! What a great thing to do with kids! You know it is really important to have new creative ideas to teach children, especially because everyone learns in a different way!

  3. I love using magnets on that awful thing that they call a teacher's desk! It was a word work station for a while (magnetic letters)... until my kids started throwing the magnets at each other. :( Needless to say, we went to felt letters on a felt board for word work. The magnetic buckets is a great idea - my Firsties can't throw buckets at each other! We'll have to do some serious "training" with the bottle caps, but I love this idea for a game! :)

    Floating Through First Grade

  4. I have been an intermediate teacher for 30 years and was moved to kindergarten in October to meet classroom number needs. I love your ideas and have gone through lots of yellow ink printing them. It's nice to share new ideas with veteran kinder-teachers.


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