Learning can be so much more fun when you are playing games! As many of you may have noticed, math can be a real sticking point for kids, but it is fundamental to their educational growth. One of the biggest ways to include math learning into your day is by playing games with your children.
10 Educational Math Games
Here is a list of 10 Educational Math Games that I have used and loved with my children throughout the years that reinforce basic math concepts while having fun.
- Qwirkle - Qwirkle consists of 108 wooden blocks with six different shapes in six colors. Using the blocks, players attempt to score the most points by building lines that share the same shape or color. The simple setup makes this an instant winner for younger kids, while adults will enjoy strategizing to win. Not only is there math in the pattern/color of the blocks, but the method of scoring is math too!
- Skip-Bo - Out of a 162-card deck, two to six players are each dealt 20-card “stockpiles”; the first one to deplete their pile wins. Players draw from a central pile and stack their cards sequentially onto one of four “build” piles (for example, an eight onto a seven, a three onto a two), using plentiful Skip-Bo wild cards to break up static situations. A great game even for younger kids who can count from 1-12!
- Blokus - Blokus encourages creative thinking and has received a Mensa award for promoting healthy brain activity. The goal of this game is for players to fit all of their pieces onto the board. When placing a piece it may not lie adjacent to the player’s other pieces, but must be placed touching at least one corner of their pieces already on the board. The player who gets rid of all of their tiles first is the winner and strategic thinking helps as you block moves from your opponent.
- Farkle - Take a risk and keep rolling to build your score. Or play it safe so you don’t lose your points in a Farkle. It’s a fight to the finish in this fabulously fun game of strategy and luck. The score sheets include the basic instructions for the game making it easy for even new players to keep up. And having kids do the math for scoring is great practice!
- Rush Hour - It’s gridlock and the little red car can’t move. The player is a traffic cop in the Rush Hour Traffic Jam Puzzle where the objective is to get the red car off the road. To play, pick one of 40 challenge cards; solutions are printed on the back of each card. Then set up the cars and buses in a specified pattern on the 6-inch-square road grid. Move the vehicles one by one until the red car can escape the traffic jam.
- Racko - Since the “Fabulous 50’s”, families have enjoyed this Rack’em up fun-filled card game. Rack-O is timeless fun and a game I grew up playing with my parents! Players randomly slot 10 cards on their rack. The race then begins to draw and discard one card at a time until one player positions 10 cards in numerical order.
- The Allowance Game – Kids learn how to handle and change money. This is great for younger kids as it is relatable and the money amounts manageable.
- Monopoly – What makes this one even more fun for kids is the countless themed Monopoly games out there too! You can play Nintendo, Despicable Me, Star Wars, Christmas and more!
- SMath – This is a game that truly works with straight up math. Take your tiles and make math equations. Add and subtract and when you get better you can add in multiplying and dividing.
- Yahtzee – This classic dice game is a great way to introduce numbers, patterns, and strategy.