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Best Math Games for 6-Year-Olds

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Once children reach 6 years old, they are usually exposed to math on a daily basis, whether they’re completing their homework or counting their allowance. It can be a struggle for children to learn how to work with numbers, which can affect their performance in school. Fortunately, there are a few age-appropriate math games that provide an alternative way to review what kids learn while supporting different learning styles.

This game set includes 13 double-sided pizzas to encourage children to identify fractions in a multi-sensory way. The award-winning game requires two to six players and has fractions written on the back side of the pizza slices. While playing the game, children can get a concrete sense of how fractions are a part of a whole, plus it gives them the opportunity to practice addition and subtraction. There are even a few varying degrees of complexity available, depending on the players’ ability level. The variations allow kids to continue to play the game as they get older and become more skilled. The set is fun and features sturdy pieces. Instructions for seven different games are included, contributing to overall value and allowing kids to maintain their interest.

Kids learn their times tables while playing this bingo game. They’ll calculate the problems to figure out the number that’s being called (you may wish to provide a scratch pad and pencil), and parents can help by calling the cards repeatedly to enhance memorization. The game offers a break from the routine of learning math and is an excellent classroom game to use when revisiting multiplication facts. The simplicity of bingo allows kids to learn how to play in minutes, too, if they don’t know already. Over 700 chips and 36 playing cards are included to ensure multiple players can join in on the fun.

This board game has a classic design and is simple to learn. The fun graphics are age-appropriate and feature friendly characters to ensure that counting with money is not intimidating. The spinner adds a bit of luck to the game and determines where players land on the board. Players are rewarded for their ability to manage their money using critical thinking and calculation skills, which can set kids up to make better decisions in their own lives. This game lets kids practice math skills without feeling like they’re just doing homework. Each round is also quick, which allows kids to stay engaged for several minutes without losing interest.

The colorful and creative characters used in this speed-matching card game allow kids to become more engaged and willing to practice equation-building. Kids who have lost confidence in their math skills can start to regain it with this game that is quick to learn and easy to play. It can be used while traveling or camping, and in classrooms. Children can even create their own games with the cards. The game’s versatility ensures that it never gets boring, and it helps children to have a more positive perspective on math.

The Edupress Math Noodlers Game is approachable and promotes group cooperation. The problems are written about topics children care about, which allows them to get more interested and interact more fully with the game. It makes for excellent practice for addition, subtraction, multiplication and story problems, featuring a variety of math questions that use different problem-solving techniques, so children can begin to think independently and challenge themselves. A higher level of Math Noodlers is also available once players become more advanced. The colorful and fun design of the game prevents children from putting up a fight when they’re first introduced to it. Because it’s easy to play, children’s interest and attention are sustained as they complete each round. Multiple players can also participate to ensure everyone works together as a team to overcome math fears.

Expert Commentary

“When your child reaches age 6, many fun and challenging concepts begin to surface. I love games that combine logic, reasoning and math in an enjoyable way. It is important to not push your child to the point where they are frustrated playing the game. I have put games away within minutes of introducing them and pulled them out months later once a child is more comfortable with a particular concept, or modified the rules to facilitate success at a given ability level.”

Our Expert Consultant

Emily Watts

Emily Watts is a mother of three (she has two adopted children and one foster child). She also is a licensed teacher with experience educating children in complex life situations. Emily has over seven years of experience in alternative education. She is passionate about children and specializes in helping those who may need a little extra attention or special care.