I was playing with my daughter the other day, and it occurred to me that playing ping pong is a great way for younger children to practice their addition facts and some multiples of 5 (good for older kids too, if they don’t know these facts very well).
- When the score is 5-0, 4-1, or 3-2, serving switches.
- To switch servers at 10 points, players need to know that the score would be 10-0, 9-1, 8-2, 7-3, 6-4, or 5-5.
- When serving switches at a total of 15 points, the score possibilities are 15-0, 14-1, 13-2, 12-3, 11-4, 10-5, 9-6, 8-7.
- At 20 points, the score would be 20-0, 19-1, 18-2, 17-3, 16-4, 15-5, 14-6, 13-7, 12-8, 11-9, 10-10.
Over the years, I have noticed that students (in general) seem less aware of, and less automatic with, the digits that will add to 10. Playing ping pong is a great way for kids to practice these facts without thinking that they’re practicing math (math in real-life!).This is great for parents to do with their kids, but also – a mini ping pong table in the classroom sounds like fun!!