## diy math games

A really simple idea for a math board game that you and your mentee can make together is to draw out your game board (any shape or design you like) and for each square write out an equation (without the answer). Since you are making this yourself, you can choose the kind of equations you use depending on the capability of your mentee as well as what they need to focus on the most. If you can solve the equation you land on without the use of a calculator then you get to move ahead one space. To make it more interesting you can add in some "free squares" or "make the other player move back" etc. It is best to use a die that only goes to 3 or 4 so that you do more equations than if you rolled a 6 and skipped over a bunch of potential questions.

**Figure Me Out**

This math activity is so much fun because it allows your mentee to get creative while still having a strong mathematical element. It also focuses on the mentee's life and interests which means they will probably really enjoy it. All you need is a piece of paper, markers or pencil crayons, and post it notes. In the center of the page have your mentor draw themselves (it could be as simple as a stick person if they don't like to draw). Next you need to think of different things in your mentor's life that have numerical values. Some examples of these are their age, address, number of siblings, the number of times they've been to a certain place, or even just their favourite number. Write the headings for each one "My age is____" and then have them write the answer directly underneath it. Do this so that they are spread out around the paper surrounding the self-drawing in the middle. Reference the picture to the right for a visual of how this will look. After this is done have your mentee think of the many possible equations that can equal the number representing different aspects of their life. For example, if they are 12 years old then some possible equations equaling 12 are 6x2, 4x3, 24/2, 48/4, 4^2 - 4, etc. This is such a good math activity because it is reversing the typical order of an equation, solving a problem to get an answer, and turning it into creating a problem given an answer.A good suggestion is to make your own along side your mentee, both not showing each other the answers, and then solving each other's sheets once you're both done. Or alternatively, you can have already made yours, show your mentor and get them to solve, and then have them make their own. This is also a good way to get to know more about each other in a fun and creative way involving math.