Mastering math facts is the basis of many life endeavors, especially managing money. Here are three math facts games to make learning fun.
Basic math skills are the basis of many life endeavors, especially managing money.
So laying an early foundation for financial literacy includes first mastering the basics of addition and subtraction and later, multiplication and division.
In order to help my kids get their math facts down, we do occasionally bring out flash cards, but I’ve also found a few games that bring more cheers than groans.
The following is a list of the math games we like to use. If you click on the highlighted title of each game, you can purchase it through my Amazon affiliates link.
Math Facts Games for Kids:
Math War: The most popular math game in our house is also the simplest and most well-known. It’s played just like the game War with regular playing cards except in this version the players have to add or subtract to figure out which player has the highest number.
I’m not kidding when I say my kids will beg to continue playing this game. I also have them do all the math – so they have to add or subtract my card as well.
The one aspect of this game I don’t understand are the wild cards – it seems unnecessary and makes it so one or two players will never deplete their deck. I’ve just taken them out and kept them in the box.
A second game we’ve been playing is tri-FACTa . In this game, an equation is formed from three numbers, say 2 + 3 = 5 and placed in a triangle configuration. As each player takes a turn they try to use two cards from their deck to form a new equation, such as 2 + 2 = 4. The idea is to try to challenge players to think through the relationship between the numbers of an equation and how that same equation can also be represented as 4 – 2 = 2.
My six and eight-year-old like this game but the six-year-old in particular is just a little too young for it. I often end up helping her figure out which cards she can use to form a new equation. Also, while the addition side of the game is very clear, I’m not sure that my kids have really picked up on the subtraction yet, but I do like the connection this game makes between addition and subtraction.
The last game, Equate, I recommend with some hesitation only because while our family owns it, we haven’t played it very often. My kids are slightly too young to really get into it, but both their teachers recommended it as a way to work on math skills at home and I can see how the concept of the game could be really appealing to older kids who know addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Think of Equate as the math version of Scrabble. Players need to build a new equation off of one a previous player built. So if one player puts down 2 + 3 = 5, the next player can use the 5 to build the equation 5 – 4 = 1 if they have “4”, “-“, and “1” in their possession. Like Scrabble, points get doubled or tripled if a player is able to place a tile on a certain square.
Know of any other fun ways to teach kids math facts? Share your experiences below!