Looking for fun math games that kids and families can enjoy together? Or maybe you need math games for the classroom? You're in luck! This is where you can find the best math game that are so fun kids will say, "More math, please!"
We love family games and with one child who loves math so much he once included math problems on a Mother's Day card for me, we've played a lot of math themed games, including math card games and dice games. These are our favorites.
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Math Games for Kids and Families
I've included recommended ages, but that's not set in stone. Many of these math games for kids can be altered to fit the abilities of the players.
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We've used the Double Shutter game "off-label" for math practice but my sons and I really love playing it. It's an excellent way of learning how different combinations of numbers can be added to produce the same sum. It also teaches logical and strategic thinking. I appreciate that the rules can be easily altered for younger players. Double Shutter is best played with two players, can be adapted for more. Ages 6 and up (may need help).
Multiplication Dice Game
Find the instructions and print the score card here on the blog!
This easy to learn multiplication dice game is especially useful for helping kids remember their times tables. It's perfect for large groups (think: classrooms) but works just as well with only a few players. Ages 8 and up.
Addition and Subtraction Dice Game
Find the Addition and Subtraction game instructions here on the blog.
With this clever math game, players try to reach the highest score, but they must add and subtract their roll titles according to a predetermined pattern. It's a great game to fill in a spare moment, since you can play as many or as few rounds as you wish. Ages 7 and up.
Zeus on the Loose
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Kids who love Greek mythology will forget all about the fact that they are actually honing their math skills while playing this game! I appreciate that Zeus on the Loose also requires mental math skills. The object is to reach a score of 100 while holding on to the Zeus figurine, but players must be careful because victory can be snatched away without warning! You could say victory is as fickle as the gods. Read more about Zeus on the Loose in our Game of the Month feature. Ages 7 and up (or younger with help.)
Tens Go Fish
Read the Tens Go Fish instructions here on the blog!
For young kids who love the traditional Go Fish card game, this is a fun alternative for beginning math students. Instead of working towards making number pairs, players work towards putting together pairs that add up to ten. Great for at home math practice, or math time in the classroom. Ages 5 and up, depending on math skills.
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Sumoku was a favorite of my math-loving son, and I recommend it for ages 9 and up, or for very precocious kids. It is more advanced than any of the other games on this list. Sumoku is a cross between Scrabble and Qwirkle, but with math! Read out Sumoku game of the month feature for tips on playing with kids, whatever their skill level.
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Your basic Dominoes are great for math learning! Kids will learn quantity recognition, patterning and basic addition and multiplication skills (such as skip counting by 5). Find the basic rules for dominoes here, or check out these domino math games for kids.
Read the array game instructions here on the blog!
Arrays are a useful tool to teach multiplication through visual representation on a grid. The multiplication array game is very easy to learn and helps kids visualize multiplying number 1-6. An easy variation also reinforces distributive property.
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Raising a Happy Child says
Great recommendations. We got Math Dice lately, and daughter loves it, except it's kind of too easy for her. I have to look up game variations for that. She likes to play Rush Hour on my iPod, but gets easily frustrated if she can't figure out how to solve it. Shapes Up is pretty cool too, and I love Magna Tiles for very many reasons. Best investment we ever made into a toy!
My daughter got frustrated with Rush hour too. You need fairly good special reasoning to get started, if your special reasoning is really low I feel it is just too hard. If you have good spacial reasoning already it will be fun and make you a master.
Aly in va. says
We use the iPad app for rush hour all the time. A great way to get in some logic in the car or in waiting room 🙂