Are you teaching your child about probability? Make learning this math concept fun with these probability games that use a variety of hands-on items to keep kids engaged and help the concept click. These simple probability worksheet activities are good for elementary age kids from kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3nd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Simply print pdf file with probability worksheets and you are ready to play and learn!
Teaching kids about probability for kids doesn’t have to be complicated! Probability is just a fancy term that means chance – what’s the chance you will draw a black card instead of a red card from a standard deck of cards – 1 out of 2 or 50%. We’ve included probability games for kids including roll and add blueberries to the pancakes, skittles probability, flip a coin probability, and build a pizza probability activity. Each of these probability activities for kids include a free probbility worksheet to round out the activity and ensure your students understand the concept. These probability math worksheets are perfect for kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students.
Probability Games for kids
Coin toss probability
The first probability for kids game is a fun, simple coin probability activity. Grab a coin – any coin will do. Children will learn about dependent and independent variables. When you toss a coin it doesn’t matter what the results are from the previous toss. So a coin toss is in independent variable. If you have a finite number of marbles in a bag, but when you draw one you pull it out. The impact of removing one changes the results of the next draw – that is a dependent variable.
Children will try with a small sample size of 12 tosses and a larger number of 30. They will learn how to make fractions from data and figure out the percent.
Simple probability games
The next activity helps students look at distribution as they whip up some blueberry pancakes by rolling a dice and adding blueberries to their pancakes. Students will also learn what an outlier is as they look at data from both 15 and 30 blueberries added randomly.
Free probability activities
The third activity will have your student take a look at the probability of getting their favorite pizza topping by figuring out all the possible topping combinations. THey will also explore depenedent and independent variables!
HINT: There are 2 level choices for this activity.
This final activity was the kids favorite. You need a package of skittles and the worksheet. You can use any size bag or make a small brown bag or handful of skittles. WE used a share size because that’s what I could find at the store. Use the 10 / 20 draws for a standard size size bag and the 2nd worksheet with 10/20/40 if you use the larger share size.
Students will start by figuring putting what color they like best or they think will have the most. Next they will draw a small sample (see worksheet page for number) and record the number they draw of each in the graph. Now draw more to get a larger sample (see worksheet page for numbers). Finally sort and count all the colors in the bag and record on the far right TOTAL column.
Now you can figoure out what percent each of the colors represented in the bag and how accurate each sample was. Take the numbe drawn and divide it by the total number in your bag.
- Was the smaller or larger sample size a better representation of the skittle bag make-up?
- What do you think would be a way we use this in real life? (political poles, side effects from medications, etc)
Now have your student figure out the percent the bag contained of their chosen color by first writing the fraction then dividing.
Researchers use graphs to analyze data. Graph your data. Which color did your bag have more of. You can have older students practice some math by figureing out the mode, mean, and medium.
Science Activities for Kids
Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:
- Marshmallow Shooters – go over 30 feet!
- 2 ingredient Easy Slime Recipe
- How to Make a Lava Lamp – it’s super EASY!
- Kids will no nuts over this simple Pop Rock Experiment
- Handprint Strawberry Craft for Summer
- Grow Your Own Crystals
- Water Balloon Experiment – exploring densit with an EPIC summer activity for kids
- Amazing Bubble Painting
- Mind Blowing Color Changing Playdough
Fun Activities for Kids
- Egg Shell DIY Chia Pet Craft – Silly Spring / Summer Activities for Kids
- Grass Head Craft for Kids
- Blow GIANT bubbles with this Homemade Bubble Solution
- Outrageously FUN Bubble Painting
- Bleeding Tissue Paper Fireworks Craft
- Beautiful Flower Suncatcher Craft
- 30 Fun June Crafts for Kids
- Must try Lego Zipline
- Exploding Watermelon Science Experiment
- Homemade Chalk Recipe
- 75+ FUN Scavenger Hunts for Kids
- Find activities by month with our June Crafts for kids or our June Activities for Kids!
Fun Summer Activities for Kids
- Ice Cream Edible Playdough
- Whip up a batch of Kool Aid Playdough – it smells amazing!
- Vinegar and Baking Soda Rocket Science Experiment for Kids
- Summer Bucket List Printable with Ice Cream Theme
- How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag
- Ice Cream Playdough Patterns
- Head to the zoo with this FREE Zoo Scavenger Hunt – lots of choices for all ages!
- Make your favorite animal with one of these 100 animal crafts
- Try one of these fun Animal I Spy Printables
- Play with your food using this goldfish counting activity
- After seeing the frogs at the pond, grab this free life cycle of a frog worksheet
- Avoid the summer learning loss by practicing math with these crack the code worksheets
- First Day of Summer Craft
- Create this gorgeous stained glass art for kids
- 107 Epic Summer Activities for Kids
Probability for kids
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Thank-you so much for sharing this! My son is struggling with this concept and I think these hands-on activities will really help. Great ideas!
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