Best Addition Games

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In this action-packed game, kids place their cards in front of them and a caller reads a number card aloud. Kids then scan their cards to look for a match that adds up to the called number. If they have a match, they flip over their cards. The first player to flip over all of their cards wins. This game has three color-coded decks that keep cards separate and allows for solo practice or group play. This game is recommended for second-graders and up.

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This game is great at reinforcing addition skills through plenty of practice. No two rounds of this game will ever be the same, keeping kids interested after many playthroughs. Each time a player rolls the 10-sided die, they add that number to the number of the square they’ve landed on around the board, taking them to a new square that matches the sum. Some squares are special and have vortexes that move players up and down the game board when landed on, keeping the game interesting. This game is designed for kids 5 years and older.

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With this fun game children will not even realize they are practicing math. Players move across the board in Sum Swamp by rolling two number dice and one operations (addition or subtraction) die and using the numbers that come up to add and subtract their way to the finish. The fast-paced nature of the game helps encourage critical thinking and the continual practice of math skills. This game is recommended for children ages 5 and up.

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Any space-loving child will be instantly enamored with this fun, space-themed board game. It challenges children to practice addition and subtraction as they roll 10-sided dice to determine how fast they can get away from a black hole. One of the great features of this game is it can be played competitively or in a cooperative mode that encourages children to work together, making it great for building social skills. We also love the many challenge levels available; this allows children to continue using the game as their math abilities grow. The board game is recommended for children ages 5 and up.

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We always love games that challenge children in multiple ways. With this game, children must work to figure out the sums on the cards, helping them build critical thinking and mathematics skills. Once they identify the sums, they must match the equation card with the appropriate answer card. This memory challenge helps encourage cognitive development. Additionally, memorizing the sums helps children identify the answers to common math problems more quickly. This gives them a foundation that will carry over as they begin to practice more complex math skills. This game is recommended for children ages 3 to 7.

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These flashcards offer children a fun and unique way to practice their math skills. Each card is a triangle with a number at every corner: two numbers are the same color and the third number is a different color. By adding together numbers of the same color, children get an answer that matches the third number. Likewise, children subtract numbers of two different colors to get an answer that matches the third number. We love these cards as they do a terrific job of helping children better understand the relationships between addition and subtraction. These cards can be used in groups, but children can also use them alone for independent study. This option is recommended for children ages 6 to 8.

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Flashcards may be a simple tool for teaching math skills such as addition, but they have remained popular for generations for good reason. Flashcards are quick and easy to work through, which helps to keep children engaged. This set includes numbers up to 12 rather than simply going up to 10, which means that it presents a little bit more of a challenge and helps children learn addition with more complex numbers. By working through the various problems, children also improve their critical thinking skills. These flashcards are recommended for children ages 6 to 8.

Expert Commentary

“Once you plant the seed of basic addition, all math problems and concepts become possible. Fail in this crucial foundation skill and all other math is likely a struggle. These addition games can make the concepts of math more fun, more practical — and perhaps most importantly, cement the knowledge and concepts in the minds of your students.”



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