Hello, fellow gameschooler! Are you looking for gameschooling resources? Would you like to know the best math board games and card games for your homeschool and gameschool routine? Well, you’ve come to the right place, my gameschooling friends!
As a school psychologist and homeschool mom, I am a huge play advocate. I have witnessed, time and time again, the power of play and gameschooling.
Many homeschool parents know the value of play, but they have trouble squeezing it in amid all of the other nagging daily homeschool must-dos. And that’s why gameschooling is so valuable. Gameschooling is the intersection of play and homeschooling. It allows you to prioritize play but also make it “count” for those year-end Homeschool Powers-that-Be.
Today, I am sharing the absolute best math games for your homeschool. I’ve also included top picks from my expert panel of gameschoolers. From card games to board games and so much more, we’ve got you covered!
Gameschooling: The Best Math Games for Your Homeschool
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Introducing my expert gameschooling panel:
As a gameschool family, we play games daily. We consider games to be part of the curriculum and value the power of play. Today, I would like to introduce you to my expert gameschooling panel.
This expert gameschooling panel will be sharing their top picks for gameschooling math.
The 10-year-old’s favorite math game
This fella’s favorite math game is Prime Climb. This is a game that I recommend often because it can grow with your family. We have been playing it for years.
He said, “Prime Climb is probably the best math game. You have to really think about your strategy and use all of the operations. The board graphics are really cool, too.”
The 9-year-old’s favorite math game
She said, “I like Check the Fridge because I like asking the other players for cards. The Stinky Cheese card is funny. If you like bluffing and card games, you might like this game!”
The 7-year-old’s favorite math game
This guy’s favorite math game is Countdown. This game has a special place in my gameschool heart because our neighbors gave it to us when I first started suddenly, unexpectedly homeschooling. It’s been played so many times!
He said, “I like Countdown because it has math and it’s pretty fun. I like rolling dice. If you love math, you would love this game.”
It’s been a few years and the expert gaming panel members have grown!
Where is the pause button, you guys?!
When first started suddenly, unexpectedly homeschooling, I had a 1st grader. That 1st grader is now halfway through 7th grade and I also have a 5th grader and a 4th grader. I mean, look how BIG they are:
Before I dive into our favorite math games, a quick update for you…
If you are gameschooling littles, I want you to know that it is worth it. Sure, some days will be downright painful. There will be sibling squabbles, tantrums, board flipping, cheating, and tears. But keep your eye on the prize. You are building something important and it is 100% worth every never-ending game of Candyland. I’m sharing this because I’m on the other side. Our gameschooling isn’t perfect, we have plenty of ugly days, but we also have incredibly fun gaming days. Way more than we used to! So, keep on keepin’ on, my friends!
Math games in the younger years
We started off gameschooling math with Countdown! and Math Dice and Sum Swamp and all the Peaceable Kingdom games. My children learned to tell time with eeboo’s Telling Time Game. The kiddos learned early algebra with Balance Beans. One-player logic games were a quiet-time must. They learned coin value by playing Money Bags. They practiced all math facts with Prime Climb.
Math gameschooling right now
Nowadays, our math gameschooling looks a bit different. We still love Prime Climb, and Clumsy Thief, and Milles Bornes… but we play other, more advanced games that involve oodles of math. Catan and Dungeons and Dragons help them to learn probability. Blobby’s Pizza teaches fractions, decimals, and percentages. Star Realms has positive and negative numbers when scoring and lots of addition and subtraction. Five Crowns has heaps of math practice and is incredibly addicting. Antiquity Quest helps with place value and addition and subtraction of large numbers. And we are completely obsessed with Wingspan, which has lots of math when you score each round and total final scores.
Really, when you get right down to it, almost every single game involves math if you’re willing to see it. Every single time you sit down to play with your kiddos you are reinforcing math skills. And you’re doing so in a fun, light-hearted, super stealth way. Whatever you do- do not tell them they are practicing math! What they don’t know won’t hurt ’em!
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Gameschooling Math: The best math games for homeschooling
Gameschooling math can be a homeschool game-changer! (See what I did there? Ha!)
Playing games offers your children a chance to practice and build skills in a no-pressure, non-judgmental way. If the game doesn’t go the way you wanted it to, you can start over and try again. There are no red pen marks, no critique, no homework.
Does your kiddo cry over his math workbook? Guess what? There’s a game for that, and I can guarantee you’ll have fewer power struggles when you swap out the workbook for the game board.
Here are a few of our family’s favorite math games for homeschooling, but keep reading because I’ll get into more specific math skills in a second:
Gameschooling specific math skills through educational board games
Are you looking to target more specific math skills? I’ve got you covered!
Color identification is another important early math skills. At this age, our family loved to play The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game. I also used the tiles from Qwirkle to “play” with colors with my kiddos. We just made up our own game using the tiles. Qwirkle is a game that your family will grow into, so if you want longevity on your game shelf, that’s another great option. Click the image for more recommendations.
Shape Identification Games
Shape recognition is an early math skill. Frankie’s Food Truck Fiasco is a great shape matching game that littles adore. At this age, each of my kiddos loved Mindware’s Imagination Patterns. It kept them busy for hours on end and because it was magnetic, we could take it places and not lose pieces! Click the image for more recommendations.
Do you want to work on those number identification skills? Tiny Polka Dot by the makers of Prime Climb is fantastic! Shelby’s Snack Shack Game is super cute. At this age, we also loved to use a wooden Montessori Hundred Board. Click the image to read more about these resources and more.
If you’re looking to boost pattern recognition skills, Sophie’s Seashell Scramble is an adorable game. I also loved to use Tangrams. Sometimes we just used old buttons and made our own patterns together. The sky is the limit when it comes to play! Click the image to see more favorites!
Learning to tell time can be challenging for some children, but gameschooling helps! At that stage, we loved eeBoo’s Telling Time Game. We also had this clock over our kitchen table and it helped to build those skills in a fun, low-stress way. Click the image for more recommendations.
Memory and matching are important early math skills. At this age, we loved the Life on Earth Memory Game by eeBoo. It’s so gorgeous! Frankie’s Food Truck Fiasco is a great matching game for little ones. Click the image for more recommendations.
Gameschooling is a wonderful way to teach children how to identify and use money. Money Bags by Learning Resources helped all three of my children learn about money. Another easy way to learn about money is to set up a store or restaurant and use play money. Click the image to see more favorites!
Most roll-and-play games (think classics like Parcheesi and Chutes and Ladders) work on those addition and subtraction skills. That said, if you’d like to work them a little more, you can play 4-Way Countdown, Clumsy Thief, and many more! Click the link to read more about these resources and more.
Mastering those multiplication tables can be tricky. Gameschooling can work wonders! Some of our family’s favorite games that work multiplication and division skills include Prime Climb, 24 Game, and 4-Way Countdown. Click the image for more recommendations.
If you’re looking for games that help children understand fractions, you’re in luck! Some of our family’s favorites include Numtanga, Fraction Formula, and Blobby’s Pizza. Click the image to see more favorites!
My kiddos struggled with place value early on and gameschooling definitely helped. Dino Math Tracks is a great resource, as is this simple Place Value Flip Chart that is simple and incredibly helpful. Click the image for more recommendations.
Boost connection, make memories and practice math with your tween or teen through gameschooling. Some of our favorite math games for tweens and teens include Prime Climb, Five Crowns, and Power Grid. Click the link to read more about these resources and more.
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