Understanding basic math concepts is necessary for young children. Math skills can be applied in many areas of life and, of course, can help children succeed both in school and in their chosen profession. We have selected several math games that are both fun and educational and help with skills like pattern recognition, which is also crucial for emerging readers and spellers.
Mobi’s “Numerical Tile Game” includes both blue tiles with numbers and white tiles with mathematical symbols (+/-/×/÷/=). The goal of the game is to see which player can get rid of all of their tiles first, using them to create an interlocking, Scrabble-style grid of mathematical equations. The game is fast-paced and designed to promote social skills and focus in addition to basic math skills. It will encourage your kids to learn more about working with numbers in a fun, creative way.
The game includes 162 tiles, which you can keep in the accompanying whale storage pouch along with the instructions. The durable pouch makes it easy to transport and take on the go. This product is ideal for children in third and fourth grades, and is guaranteed to keep players engaged and entertained.
These flashcards are ideal to use for teaching, practicing and reviewing math. They can be used in individual or classroom settings, giving kids plenty of additional practice time with math equations.
This math set includes 104 math examples printed in large fonts, making them easy to read. The durable metal ring with punched flashcards is easy to use and convenient to transport. The ring binder design also enables kids to flip through the deck easily, as well as take off cards and use them separately. The cards are high-quality and durable, and do not bend or tear easily, so they hold up well with frequent use. The bright colors make the cards attractive and fun for kids to use.
The simple design of this game makes it easy for elementary through middle school-aged children who are learning basic math concepts. With the “ThinkFun Math Dice Game,” kids roll a 12-sided die to get their target number, and then roll the five, six-sided scoring dice, adding and subtracting those numbers in order to reach their target. For every scoring die used, players move one space on the scoring track, attempting to cross the finish line.
Players are required to perform math equations in their head while participating, making it both an educational and fun experience.
The compact size of the product makes it easy to transport and play on the go, whether in the car or classroom. Kids will enjoy the bright colors and high-quality materials. This game is ideal for children ages 6 and older who want to develop confidence in their math skills.
This game has won many awards and is customizable for different math and age levels. Each level incorporates various math concepts and includes instructions that are easy to follow. Players easily become engaged and hardly realize they’re doing math as they race to complete the game. It’s an easy game to both play and learn as it doesn’t have any complicated rules. The product is similar to the games “Sorry” (but with math equations that must be completed) and “Monopoly” (where players can earn money or credits). The materials used to construct the game are high-quality, durable and solid. The graphics and imagery used are colorful and attractive for children.
The game is simple and accommodates two to four players who roll the dice and then add, subtract, multiply or divide their way to the center of the board. The product inspires deeper mathematical understanding while improving players’ prowess with arithmetic.
The unpredictability of the game makes it easy for children to stay engaged. Challenging math equations require kids to use critical thinking skills and act quickly, which sharpens their cognitive function and helps them become comfortable with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Adults can also join in on the fun, making it a great family game.
“These math games all add a multi-sensory dimension to learning, which many children find beneficial. As with any game, it is important to explain the rules; let your children handle the cards or dice prior to attempting to play the game. Allowing for a bit of free play with the materials can make learning more focused. It is important to push your child, but to also keep things fun. Be sure to understand the learning objectives of the game and how they intersect with your child’s needs.”
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Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.