Do you like to sneak learning into your day? I sure do. Games are one of the ways we do that in our house. They are perfect for evening, weekend, and summer learning or you can schedule a game afternoon or day in your homeschool. Here are some ideas for games to improve and practice math skills in the kindergarten to 4th grade crowd. The best part about practicing math through games is they tend to motivate children to use mental math skills rather than relying on paper.
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Traditional Board and Card Games
Jr. Monopoly: This is great first math game for children. It is similar to the older version, but children are working with 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 dollar bills only and it doesn’t take as long. Pre-K to 1st grade. 2-4 players.
4 Way Countdown: This game targets addition and subtraction skills and is great for children in the K-2nd grade range. Players roll dice and then subtract or add the numbers to flip up number tiles on their side of the board. The most fun part is that the dice are in a popper and who doesn’t like to pop a popper? 2-4 players
Clumsy Thief: This snatching game has two different versions. The Candy Shop version targets adding to 20 and the original version targets adding to 100. Great for 1-3rd grade. 2-6 players.
Yahtzee: This classic is great for those in the 1st-4th grade range since it targets sequencing of numbers, addition and multiplication. Those at the younger end of the range may need help with their strategy. 2 or more players.
Mille Bornes: If you have someone into racing cars in your family, they will enjoy this card game. The goal is to be the first one to travel exactly 1000 miles so children will practice their addition skills while making 1000. 2-3 players.
Monopoly: Another classic game that allows players to practice their multiplication, multi-digit addition and subtraction skills while paying other players and making change. Meant for ages 8 and up. 2-8 players
Zeus on the Loose: This card game based on Greek mythology requires children to add numbers until they reach multiples of 10. Ages 8 and up, although a younger player could play with help. 2-5 players
Prime Climb: While most of the games listed here appear to have another goal than just practicing math skills, this one is full-on math! It will help children practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills, which makes it great for 3rd grade and up. 2-4 players.
Even Steven’s Odd: Allows children to practice addition, subtraction, even/odd numbers and following patterns. There are two levels of difficulty and it is appropriate for the 1st-4th grade group. It is somewhat similar to Yahtzee. 2-4 players
Low Cost Printables
If you are looking for some low cost printables to expose your children to fractions you may want to look at these two games in my TPT store:
Kids will be exposed to the general concept of fractions, equivalent fractions, and adding fractions together to make a whole.
This fun game will expose children to the concept of time and fractions and allow students to start to understand how minutes can be added together to make an hour or parts of an hour. Best with 2-4 players. Situation cards for two different levels of play are included.
Does your family have a favorite math game that you did not see listed here? Please let us know below!
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