I love to practice math facts and concepts through play. My kids have an absolute blast playing and have no idea they are learning! About a year ago, I wrote 6 Amazing Math Games for Your Homeschool and you guys loved it! I’ve been promising to share more of our family’s favorite math resources, and today I’m making that happen!
10+ Amazing Math Games for Your Homeschool
When you are finished reading these suggestions, I’d love to hear your family’s favorite math games. I’m always looking for more resources to keep math fun and playful!
Balance Beans is easy to play but challenging to master. The object of the game is to add the additional beans indicated on the challenge card in such a way that they balance the seesaw. Solutions to each challenge are on the reverse side of each card. Young players start off using trial-and-error but even the youngest players get the hang of it quickly. Soon, players learn to use reasoning and problem-solving skills. As they play, they are learning to balance equations and the rules of physics!
Clumsy Thief is an award-winning, fun, easy-to-learn, quick-to-play, fast-paced math facts game. Your children will be so caught up in the action that they won’t even realize they are learning their math facts. Warning: this game is addictive and your children will request to play it over and over and over again!
We LOVE this game. It is so versatile! Count-Down is for 2-4 players and teaches math skills that grow with your child. Whether you need to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, Count Down is the game for you. Your children will have those math facts down in no time flat!
This game is kind of like Wonder Ball or Hot Potato. And my kids love it!
To play, players sit in a circle. One player starts with the two 12-sided purple dice while another player uses the two 12-sided blue dice. When everyone is ready, both players roll their dice, multiply the numbers rolled, and call out their answer. Then, they quickly pass the dice to the player next to them. The trick is to multiply quickly because if you are caught with both pairs at the same time you are O-U-T!
Do you remember playing this card game when you were little?
The goal is a simple one: Be the first player to hit 1,000 miles. Each player is dealt six cards and on every turn must play a card or discard. Players accrue mileage by playing mileage cards. Watch out for hazards, such as flat tires, which other players can give to you along the way.
My children learned to identify coins and to know each coin’s value with this game. After a few weeks of playing, all of my children can make change. Games are amazing!!
Pentago has won more awards than I could list here. It is one of those amazingly simple to learn yet challenging to play games. It’s a logic game and our family loves logic games! Simply place your piece and then rotate a section of the board. The first player to get five in a row wins. Sounds easy, right? Guess again! This game is fun and it builds strategy, logic, and spatial reasoning skills!
I am a proud Prime Club Kickstarter supporter and eagerly awaited its arrival last year. This is a fantastic mathematical game, especially for the visual learners in your life. Young children learning addition will love this game, as will the adults in their life as the game offers a strategic twist.
This is another classic game that I’m sure you played as a kid! Players take turns drawing cards and replacing cards in their rack. The goal is to be the first player to get all of your cards in sequential order. That person gets to yell, “Rack-O!” and wins the round. There is a point system involved, too, which adds to the math learning!
This was a favorite of mine when I was a child and it is a classic game loved the world over. It is also one of those games that is enjoyable for both children and adults, and one that you can play again and again. It is the tile version of the classic Rummy game and my kids love it!
Sequence is a mash-up of so many favorites, including poker, canasta, and rummy. The goal is to get five chips in a row – a sequence- by playing cards in your hand and placing them on the correct space on the game board. Sequence also comes in a colorful junior version for those littles who are new to game playing…. and a numbers version to build number sense!
SET is a fantastic, award-winning card game that works on visual perception and quick thinking. Players rush to be the first to find a SET. A SET is a group of three cards where each feature is either all the same or all different on each card. The player with the most SETs at the end of the game wins. We first started with the junior version and now my kids are able to play the original. SET also comes in a travel size tin.
Sumoku is a crossword-style math game; a mathy and brilliantly-colored math game that will remind you of Bananagrams… but with numbers!
My youngest loves this game! This game can be played competitively or cooperatively. Your children will work on addition and subtraction from zero to nine and also the concept of greater than, less than, equal to, and how to identify odd and even numbers.
My youngest is a number-obsessed little guy and he loves this game. The goal is to get across the swamp and, in order to do so, you must do a lot of adding and subtracting! It’s amazing how playing this game a few times makes a noticeable improvement in math skills and speed.
Do you guys remember playing Twenty-Four as a kid? I sure do! I won it, eons ago, during a Yankee Swap. Twenty-Four travels easily and is a great way to practice those math facts in a fun way, and on the go. The game offers three levels of challenge so it can grow with your family.
All you need to play this classic card game is a deck of cards. My kids can spend an afternoon playing War together. They have no idea that they are learning math!
My oldest is obsessed with Yahtzee right now. This simple dice game packs quite the math punch. As your children play, they are learning addition, subtraction, and probability!
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Are you looking for more ways to keep math playful and fun?
This summer, I did quite a bit of poolside professional development and one of my main areas of focus was mathematics. I devoured the following books and highly recommend them for those looking to keep math fun in the early years.
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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: What is your family’s favorite math game? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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