Want to find a way to make math a fun learning experience for your little one? Here are 5 cool math games for kids hat should do the trick.
Of all the school subjects, math seems to be the great divider. Kids either love it or hate it, and their feelings often reflect how easy it is for them to learn. If your little one struggles with math, try showing them that numbers can be fun with some cool math games. (I know, I know: “cool math games” sounds like an oxymoron, but trust us when we say that these are actually fun!)
To help you out, we collected suggestions from teachers, parent bloggers, and educational websites from across the country. We then compiled a list of students’ favorite math games, all of which are classroom-tested and kid-approved.
If you find that your child is still struggling with these topics, consider hiring a math tutor to help out.
1) “Closest to 100”
You can use this game to increase your child’s confidence and engagement with math concepts.
“Games are used to review material, [and] when they are able to win the game, they feel success and are more likely to engage in new material,” according to Emily Hart, a math teacher at Girls Athletic Leadership Schools of Denver.
To play 100, deal four or more playing cards to each player. Players must use their numbers to get as close to 100 as possible, using any combination of operations (addition, subtraction, or multiplication). The player closest to 100 wins the round.
2) “Five Little Monkeys”
It’s never too early to teach your kiddo simple math concepts. Even your preschooler can benefit from playing a cool math game. Angela Pickett integrates songs like “Five Little Monkeys” into her preschool classroom at Trinity Lutheran Christian Preschool in Vermillion, South Dakota.
“[It] teaches kids to subtract by counting backwards,” she said.
Sing the lyrics with your kids and count down from five on your fingers!
3) “Top It”
This game will teach your kindergartner number recognition and the concept of greater than and less than, said Sarah Lammie, of Chicago’s Mary Gage Peterson Elementary. Start by dividing a deck of cards between players and having everybody flip up their top card. The highest card wins the round.
You can make up your own grade-appropriate math challenge for dealing with ties. For example, if two players have a 7, the first player to solve for 7+7 wins the round.
4) “What’s the Rule?”
For this game, Lammie said she selects two or three numbers with similarities and asks her students to guess the rule that makes them similar. For example, the numbers 23, 103, and 2,103 all end in 3 and are odd numbers. Make the rules as easy or as hard as you want, depending on your kid’s age.
5) “Shape Matching”
Introduce shapes to your child by asking him to choose a shape and count the sides. Then, have him search for other objects with the same number of sides. You can get involved, too!
“Parents can help count objects around the house, find patterns, and find shapes within objects,” Pickett said.