Math can be a tough subject to teach. How do you make it fun in the classroom or at home and keep your students engaged for more than five minutes? Some kids learn math concepts with songs, outdoor experiences, real world scenarios, or with games! I love using play based learning with any year level. I was definitely a hands on learner as a child, so I’m all for learning through laughter and exciting activities.
Here’s a list of math games, including board games, printable games, and DIY games.
Multiplication Practice Paper Folding
This little paper folding activity from Kids Activities Blog is brilliant. By simply folding some paper into cootie catchers, you can actually create an informative math game for students focusing on anything from addition to fractions.
Play with math on the walls! This set of reuseable wall decals are a great way to turn math into an interactive experience. Play Simon Says with math on the wall! “Simon says show one half.” Love it!!
We love Lego, but did you know because of their shape they are great tools for multiplication? Thanks to Frugal Fun for Boys, you can now use it to create a graph will help kids visualize multiplication in three dimensions.
This game designed for ages 4-7 uses dice rolls to help teach ABCs, counting and basic addition. The best part is the foam dice are designed to be super duper quiet for a truly peaceful learning experience!
With this fascinating game, players are able to customize math facts with a math fact creator so that players of all ages can play for many years to come. Be the first player to explode the volcano by getting your math facts correct!
Everyone loves Bingo, and when you can take a game that’s already fun and turn it into something educational everyone wins. Children will be paying close attention so they can be the first to exclaim BINGO!
This printable multiplication game by Deceptively Educational requires a little setup, but it provides children with a chance to put their math skills to the test to get their alien home from vacation.
Play Monster Mash! A game that helps students understand greatest common factors and lowest common multiples.
Looking for something a little more cute? The Crazy Daisy Multiplication printable math game from Deceptively Educational will help kids visualize solutions as they colour in a crazy daisy.
It’s no secret that kids love any game where they can get a little bit physical and give things a good whack, so why not teach math at the same time? This game helps with place values, but can be adjusted for other lessons.
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