Trying to get children to do their homework or practice math facts is a struggle. Outside of school, math typically isn’t high on kids’ list of priorities. However, there are cool math games for kids that can help them practice math while having fun with you. Check out the following 6 math board games available to your family.
Prime Climb is marketed as a “beautiful, colorful, mathematical game.” It’s received several awards, including the Academic Choice Brain Toy Award and Mom’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence.
The game requires 2-4 players with knowledge of basic math facts. Although the game uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, it’s set up in a way to help younger students who haven’t learned multiplication and division yet.
To win the game, just be the first person to reach the middle of the board. The competitive nature of the game makes it a fun, fast-paced activity where students often forget that they’re practicing math facts along the way.
Although Prime Climb is aimed at students 10 years and older, Sum Swamp is aimed at a younger audience. Players as young as 4 or 5 can practice their math facts while enjoying this game.
Sum Swamp has a colorful board with 4 swamp creature game pieces. Players need to correctly solve addition and subtraction math facts to move along the board and win the game.
Race to Infinity
Race to Infinity requires players to race to the finish line while practicing math facts. Players should know the difference between even and odds. They should also have basic math skills since players can earn credits, much like Monopoly, along the way.
There are 2 levels for Race to Infinity. In the first level, players practice addition and subtraction. For the second level, players add multiplication and division to the mix. This allows the game to grow with your child as they start studying multiplication and division, too.
Proof: The Fast-Paced Game of Mental Math Magic!
Players quickly learn how to play and think strategically in Proof. The game requires players to stretch their mental math skills and come up with equations they find within a set of 9 cards. For the player that can do this, they earn those cards. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins.
The Math Explosion game has a Magic School Bus theme. So, players get to practice their math skills with Ms. Frizzle herself! The winner of the game gets to explode the volcano, which is done by mixing baking soda and vinegar.
The game doesn’t come with game cards. Instead, parents go online to print off the cards. That way, you can choose the difficulty level that your child needs.
Equate: The Equation Thinking Game
Equate is played like Scrabble but with a math twist. All the tiles have numbers and operations on them. Then, players earn points by playing cards to create complete equations. It’s a great way to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Players also get to learn about the order of operations. And if your child could use a challenge, there are also fraction tiles to add to your game play.
What are your favorite cool math games for kids? Have you tried any of these yet? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. Then, find the game your child will love and have some fun while reinforcing important math concepts.