# Paper Plate Math & Alphabet Game

Teaching kids can be challenging, especially finding a way to keep it interesting for the little ones. My kids love anything they can do that is hands on, so I made a game for each using just some paper plates and a brad. The same idea can be used to make any type of fun educational game.

• ## Step 1

To make the game, you can have kids help out in the process, or you can do what I did and make it yourself and just let your kids play with it when you are done.
You will need 3 plates for each game that you make. Leave one full size, trim the rim off another and cut a little chunk out of the side, and then cut the third plate smaller than the second.

• ## Step 2

For my math-obsessed five-year-old, I made the math game. To do that, I wrote "problems" on the smallest center piece. Then I wrote all the answers on the larger plate. I mixed up the order to make it a little more challenging.

• ## Step 3

Then you will stack the plate pieces from the smallest to the largest. Poke a hole in the center and put a brad to secure the plates together. Then spin the top plate to the problem you want to solve and spin the middle plate to find the answer.

• ## Step 4

Since math is a bit advanced for my three-year-old, I made her an alphabet game for her to match lowercase and uppercase letters. I wrote the lowercase letters on the smaller piece in the right order then for the uppercase I mixed up the order to make it more challenging.

• ## Step 5

Now it's time to have fun! My five-year-old, especially, loved his game. As you can see, he used every tool available to him to solve the problems...

• ## Step 6

Then spun the plate quickly to find the answer. He loved it!

• ## Done!

My three-year-old loved matching up the letters in the alphabet. She would cheer every time she matched them right. Both kids loved playing and learning at the same time.