Who doesn’t love finding treasure? These gold coins are a pirate’s dream as your kids solve addition and subtraction facts within 10 to match the coins up to their treasure chest. This fun, pirate-themed treasure chest math facts sort makes a great independent activity, small group, or math center for Kindergarteners and First Graders.
Treasure Chest Math Facts Sort
Getting this game ready for my pirate fans and treasure hunters was simple (which is always a plus in my book!)
I first printed out the treasure chest cards from 1-10 as well as the coin equations and laminated them so that I can use them multiple times.
Then I cut apart the treasure chest cards and the coins and placed them into 2 separate baskets at a math center. You could cut all the way around the coins to give them a more “coin-like” vibe, but I find that it’s easier for little fingers to grasp the square cards, and then they also stay a little sturdier that way.
After laying out the mats from the first basket in order from 1-10 with a group I was playing with, we dove into the second basket of coins to pull out some facts and got to work!
We work hard on both addition and subtraction all year, but it’s still sometimes tricky for kids to distinguish between the two when presented with mixed equations like this.
What I love most about this sorting activity is that not only are they solving facts, but really having to think about what strategies to use and what type of problem they are solving.
We pulled a coin, solved the fact, and placed it on the correct treasure chest based on its answer.
You could play with all coins and treasure chests to work on facts within 10, or you could work only on facts within 5, depending on what your kids’ levels are and what they are needing.
Grab the Game
Ready to work on those addition and subtraction facts within 10, matey? 😉 Grab your copy of the treasure chest math facts sort by clicking the yellow button at the very end of the post.
More Pirate-Themed Fun
Do you have kids who get a kick out of all things pirate? Then you will love these awesome, fun, and free pirate-themed activities from some of my favorite kid’s activities bloggers!
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Treasure Map Upper and Lowercase Matching Activity // I Can Teach My Child
Paper Bowl Pirate Craft // I Heart Crafty Things
Color by Code Addition Sheets // The STEM Laboratory
Pirate Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Pirate Treasure Beginning Sounds Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Pirate Maths: Doubling Numbers // Adventures and Play
Treasure Chest Beginning Blends Match // The Letters of Literacy
Digging for Pirate Treasure Numbers // Play and Learn Every Day
Pirate Digraph Spin and Cover // Recipe for Teaching
Pirate Color by Sight Word Activity // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Glittering Pirate Treasure Slime // Schooling a Monkey
Pirate Treasure Chest Alphabet Play Dough Mats // Modern Preschool
I Spy ABC Treasure Map Writing Activity // Powerful Mothering
Pirate Dice Activities // Fairy Poppins
Pirate Sight Word Bingo // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Pirate Treasure Greater Than Less Than Activity // Science Kiddo
Pirate Monkey Beginning Sounds Activity // Pages of Grace
Sink the Sight Word Pirate Ships // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Pirate Themed Number Puzzles // Sara J Creations
Story Time with Printable Pirate Math Activity // Homebound but Hopeful
Treasure Chest Math Facts Sort // The Kindergarten Connection
Editable Pirate Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato