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13 Math Games Your Children Will Love to Play

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 math games to improve and practice math skills in kindergarten through 4th grade.  The best part about playing math games is they tend to motivate children to use mental math skills rather than relying on paper.

Math Games Children Will Love

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Traditional Board and Card Math Games

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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.

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Hasbro Gaming Monopoly Junior Board Game for Kids Ages 5 and Up, 2-4 Players, Family Games
  • My First Monopoly Game: the classic game for younger players
  • Adorable Junior Tokens: play with classic tokens before they grew up
  • Fun, Kid-Friendly Properties: buy cool properties such as the pet store, the candy store, and the video game arcade
  • Fast, Fun, and Simple to Play: easy rules use single dollar bills for simple transactions
  • Includes: Gameboard, 4 tokens, 20 chance cards, 48 sold signs, 90 banknotes, 4 character cards, and 1 die

Sleeping Queens: This popular card game targets basic addition facts, while children try to wake all of the sleeping queens. K-2nd grade 2-5 players

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Sleeping Queens Card Game, 79 Cards
  • The package height is 1.5"
  • The package lenght is 5.6"
  • The package width is 4.8"
  • The package weight is 0.2 pounds
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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

Ideal 4 Way Countdown
  • Fun and educational game for 2 to 4 players
  • Use your math skills to turn your roll into a number 1 through 10
  • The first person to make all 10 numbers, wins
  • Includes a wooden game board, dice popper and instructions
  • Recommended for children 6 years of age and older

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.

Melon Rind Clumsy Thief in The Candy Shop Math Game- Adding to 20 Card Game for Kids (Ages 8 and up)
  • GAME-CHANGING FUN : A hilarious game of give and take where kids develop confidence and solid math skills. Every player has fun as cards are constantly changing hands!
  • EASY TO LEARN: Players look at their dealt hand for any two cards that add to 20 to make candy stacks. Candy stacks can also be taken from other players if a player has a card in his hand that makes 20 when added to the top card of an opponent's stack. Thief cards take candy stacks. Jail cards stop Thief cards. All players are actively adding and snatching. The player with the most candy cards wins!
  • AWARD WINNING: We're proud of our many awards! Winning them encourages us to create more wonderful things. Awards range from: The Parents' Choice Foundation Award, Tillywig Toy Awards, Academics' Choice Award and many more.
  • FUN FOR ALL: 3-6 players, ages 8+, 15 minutes
  • CONTENTS: 93 colorful cards and illustrated rules
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Melon Rind Clumsy Thief - Family Math Game for Kids Ages 8+
  • GAME-CHANGING FUN : A hilarious game of give and take where kids develop confidence and solid math skills. Every player has fun as cards are constantly changing hands!
  • EASY TO LEARN: Players look at their dealt hand for any two cards that add to $100 to make money stacks. Money stacks can be taken from other players if a player has a card in his hand that makes $100 when added to the top card of an opponent's stack. Thief cards also snatch stacks. Jail cards stop Thief cards. All players are actively adding and snatching. The player with the most money wins!
  • AWARD WINNING: We're proud of our many awards! Winning them encourages us to create more wonderful things. Awards range from: The Parents' Choice Foundation Award, Tillywig Toy Awards, Academics' Choice Award and many more.
  • FUN FOR ALL: 3-6 players, ages 8+, 15 minutes
  • CONTENTS: 93 colorful cards and illustrated rules

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.

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Classic Yahtzee with Retro Artwork, An Exciting Game Of Skill And Chance with Original Components, by Winning Moves Games USA, for Ages 8 and Up, 2 or More Players (1167)
  • ALL-TIME FAMILY FAVORITE: Classic Yahtzee is the best-selling and most famous dice game of all-time. Families and friends have been enjoying this American icon since the fabulous 50's!
  • THE BACKGROUND: Luck plays a big role in Yahtzee, but strategy makes a huge difference. You score each combination just once, and the number of different combinations you can score is equal to the number of turns in the game.
  • THE PLAY: Roll all 5 dice on your turn. If you don't like what you've rolled, you can keep any amount of dice and re-roll the rest up to 2 more times!
  • FAST PACED: The game ends after each player has 13 turns and filled every box in the column with a score or a zero. The Player or Team with the highest total score for all games (up to six) wins!
  • WHAT ARE THE ODDS?: Did you know that the odds of rolling a “Yahtzee” (5 OF A KIND) on your first roll are 1295 to 1? So you won’t see that happen very often!

Mille Bornes: If you have someone into car racing 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.

Mille Bornes Classic Racing Card Game - Fast-Paced Family Strategy Game for Ages 7+, 2-6 Players, 20 Minute Playtime - By Zygomatic
  • THE CLASSIC RACING GAME: Rev the engine and wait for the green light to send you hurtling across the countryside! Mille Bornes is a classic card game of cross-country racing, challenging you to outrace your opponents as you dodge the hazards they put in your way
  • CHALLENGING & COMPETITIVE: Be the first to reach 1,000 miles and win the race! Play speed cards to race around the track, but watch out for accidents and hazards laid by other players
  • STRATEGY GAME: Keep the tank full, find your way around the speed limit and avoid accidents that may slow you down. Play a tire puncture to keep your opponent from getting ahead, protect yourself with safety cards or save a safety for the classic Coup Fourré. Play your cards right, and you’ll be the first to cross the finish line
  • FUN FOR ALL AGES: Easy-to-learn rules allow for speedy games that players will only want to play again and again. Both children and adults will enjoy this fast-paced card game on family game night
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS AND AVERAGE PLAYTIME: This fun family card game for adults and kids is designed for 2 to 6 players and is suitable for ages 7 and older. The game takes approximately 20 minutes to play

Monopoly: Another classic game that allows players to practice their multiplication and multi-digit addition and subtraction skills while paying other players and making change.  Meant for ages 8 and up. 2-8 players

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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

Gamewright - Zeus on the Loose – A Card Game of Mythic Proportions
  • Package Dimensions: 3.8 cms (L) x 12.3 cms (W) x 3.8 cms (H)
  • Product Type: Board Game
  • Package Quantity: 1
  • Country Of Origin: China
  • English (Publication Language)

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.

Math for Love Prime Climb
  • Perfect STEM gift for pre-teens and teens to inspire deeper math learning
  • Ideal for family board game night or for classroom/homeschool/after school clubs! Best for 2-4 players
  • Easy to learn, and endlessly replayable, thanks to dynamic mix of strategy and luck
  • Learn and master multiplication, division, factorization and prime number concepts by combining colors
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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.  It is somewhat similar to Yahtzee.  2-4 players

Educational Insights Even Steven's Odd, Dice-Rolling, Adding and Subtracting Challenge Game, Fun & Fast-Paced Family Game
  • ROLL TO WIN THE CHALLENGE: Encourages an understanding of simple addition and subtraction, number concepts like even and odd numerals, and following a pattern.
  • HOW TO PLAY: Flip a card to reveal the challenge. Then everyone races to roll their dice to complete the challenge. Be the 1st to grab Steven first wins that card. Player that collects the most cards wins
  • SHARPEN MATH SKILLS: Encourages an understanding of simple addition and subtraction, number concepts like even and odd numerals, and following a pattern. A wicked-fun way to develop math skills and foster quick thinking
  • INCLUDES: 24 dice, 4 dice holders and 40 challenge cards that features 2 levels of challenges—easy and difficult—for players of all abilities
  • PERFECT FAMILY GAME: Bring back family game night! Engaging for kids 7+ and adults -- also makes the perfect party game

Sum Swamp: This is another mathy game, but kids love it!  It targets addition and subtraction practice and is great for K-3rd grade.  2-4 players

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Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game Addition & Subtraction Game - 8 Pieces, Ages 5+, Math Games for Kids, Educational Kids Games, Kindergarten Math Board Games Gifts for Boys and Girls
  • FUN WAY TO PRACTICE MATH: Encourage basic math drills through fun game play with Sum Swamp
  • MATH GAMES: Develop fluency in early math skills as kids play the game. Perfect for Homeschool or classroom learning
  • MEET NEW CREATURES AND FACE MATH CHALLENGES: Race through the swamp while facing math challenges and meeting funny swamp creatures along the way
  • GAME INCLUDES EVERYTHING NEEDED FOR PLAY: Includes gameboard, 4 swamp creature game pieces, 2 number dice, and an operation die
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Tenzi: In its simplest form, this dice game will help younger children recognize number patterns on dice.  However, if you get creative and/or buy the Card Set to go with it, then the variety of math skills you can target is almost limitless! Created for ages 7-97 and 2-4 players

TENZI Dice Party Game - A Fun, Fast Frenzy for The Whole Family - 4 Sets of 10 Colored Dice with Storage Tube - Colors May Vary
  • AWARD WINNING: TENZI is a fast, fun dice game that encourages fast reactions and is super easy to learn. That’s why it was named one of ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids. (Ages 7 to 97)
  • FAST ACTION: TENZI is fun because it’s fast. To play TENZI you must roll your 10 dice as fast as you can which makes the game instantly competitive and fun for the whole family.
  • MORE WAYS TO PLAY: There’s not just one way to play TENZI, that’s why we’ve included instructions for 8 other TENZI games including SPLITZI, MEGA TENZI, and TENZI TOWER. Making it perfect for any family game night, birthday party, sleep over or play date.
  • TEACHERS LOVE TENZI: Playing TENZI helps kids develop rapid and confident number recognition while being extremely fun and simple to play. It's perfect for early finishers and team building activities.
  • INCLUDES: 4 sets of 10 colored dice for 2 to 4 players, instructions for 9 different ways to play what has been referred to as the world’s fastest dice game, and a nifty 1.5 x 1.5 x 10 inch dice storage tube to keep your high quality TENZI dice organized. Note – Dice colors may vary.
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TENZI 77 Ways to Play The Add-on Card Set for The Dice Party Game - Ages 7 to 97
  • MORE TENZI FUN: This card set is the perfect add-on to the fast, fun dice game TENZI. 77 Ways to Play TENZI provides 77 different ways to play TENZI with 3 different categories of games.
  • SPEED GAMES: Like the original TENZI game, speed is everything. Be the first to finish and yell out “TENZI” to win.
  • NON-SPEED GAMES: Slow down, take turns, or all roll together. Whatever you choose, sometimes you just have to be good and lucky to win.
  • PATTERN GAMES: Quickly roll your dice and create the nine-dice pattern shown on the card. After you create the pattern, take your last die and roll a 6. The first player to finish and yell “TENZI” wins.
  • TEACHERS LOVE TENZI: Playing TENZI helps kids develop rapid and confident number recognition while being extremely fun and simple to play. It's perfect for early finishers and team building activities. We’ve even included some blank cards so you can write down any game variations that you create.

 

Game Hint: Have your child keep score for any board or card game that requires that score be kept, such as Scrabble or Rummy.  This way they will practice their addition skills and may not realize it!

Low Cost Printable Math Games

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