We aren’t a fan of flashcards around here- but all kids have to memorize their addition facts! So in addition to playing board games that teach the addition facts, we play Knockout!

We love dice games- and this one is a great one for friendly competition and learning the addition facts. Here’s how to play.

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How to Play Knockout- A Fun Game to Learn the Addition Facts!


What you’ll need:

A small dry erase board

A dry erase marker

2 dice


knockout game written on a dry erase board


How to Play the Game:

Write the numbers 2 -12 on both sides of the dry erase board. 

Set the board in between the 2 players.

Take turns rolling the dice. Add the dice together and erase the sum from your side of the board.

The first one to erase all of their numbers wins!


Simple right? But a lot of fun. So much fun that my teen sons ask if they can play with their little sister instead of me

(But maybe that’s to get out of doing algebra??)



Knockout Variation for More Advanced Kids:

Does your child need more of a challenge?

Try playing knockout with 12 sided dice! Just write the numbers 2-24 on the board instead and play as instructed above. 



Skills Your Child Will Learn With Knockout:

Knockout may seem like a simple game, but it actually teaches a lot of math skills for young kids! Skill such as:

First and foremost, it will help your child learn and memorize the addition facts up to 6+6.

They will also learn how to recognize number patterns on the dice quickly. This helps them mentally count more quickly in the future.

It also helps with identifying numbers. Your child has to recognize the numbers 2-12 to be able to erase them on the board. 

In addition to math facts, games like this help kids learn to take turns and good sportsmanship. 


Looking for more math help? Check these out:

Printable Addition Charts and Worksheets

Free Printable 100s Charts 

Free Printable Dinosaur Game for Addition Practice – #1-3

Free Printable Skip Counting Charts (Skip Counting from 2-10!)

Free Printable Fraction Strips

10 Free Printable Multiplication Charts & Multiplication Wheels

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