If you mention “math” or “math game” in our house, you will usually hear shouts of joy and excitement. My children love math and I am always on the look out for games we can play to keep it exciting and fun. Here are a some of our new (and old) favorites that are easy to adjust for the player’s ability.
- Paper cut into squares – we used card stock and 10 pieces per game we played
- small zippered sandwich bag (optional)
For beginner learners, start out with number matching. If they are comfortable adding, start off with the ones. For example on each card write: “1+1, 1+2, 1+3, 1+4, 1+5″ and then on the other cards write the answers: “2, 3, 4, 5, 6″. Then the player tries to find the addition problem and it’s matching solution.
This is where we are at with my preschooler. Up to the number 5 is her max for now. When we are finished we store all the cards in a bag with the number 1 written on it so we can play it again another day. We learned this game from a version her 1st grade brother brought home. I can imagine we will be playing a variation of this for a long time because we can always make it as advanced as we need to.
Oh, the magic of the dice! There are so many games we can play with these little squares. This one can be played with multiple players.
- 1 – 2 dice
- 1 or more eager learners
Easy Version: One player rolls 1 dice and everyone tries to be the first person to say what number was rolled. This is great for beginner learners or to prepare players to play the advanced version. It took my preschooler a few minutes of this version to get the hang of adding the dots on the dice
Advanced Version: Each player rolls a dice (max 2) and the everyone tries to be the first person to call out the answer to the total of the roll. For example: If Player 1 rolls a 2 and Player 2 rolls a 5, the goal is to be the first to call out the answer 7. For my 5 year old preschooler, we took this slow and only did it with her so she had time to add up the numbers on her own.
The Garbage Counting Game
We shared this Garbage Counting Game before and still love it in our house. There is a video demo, too.
Bean and Straws Counting Game
I have not met a child, yet, who does not like to play with a straw. This Beans and Straws Make Counting Fun game is also a favorite and a fun game for the whole family. It also has a video demonstration.
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