By introducing a few fun math games into the classroom or homework schedule, you will change 'I HATE math!' into 'I LOVE math!'.
Best of all, children do not even know they're doing math when it is this much fun. Just make sure that kids are challenged.
Included below are a few fun math games for kids for use at home or in the classroom. These are games that practice number skills.
Higher or Lower
This is a perfect math game for practicing order of numbers.
You can use numbers that have 2 digits, 3 digits or more.
To begin select the upper and lower number limits, eg between 10 and 100.
One player selects a number and records it on a piece of paper.
The other player / s guesses what they think the number might be. For every guess the first player tells if the chosen number is higher or lower. Keep playing until the number is guessed.
Find It First
Use this fun math game to practice basic times tables (or addition, subtraction or division also).
Simply write the answers to tables you are going to practice, randomly over the board or a piece of paper, eg to practice eight times tables write – 8, 16, 24, 32, 40 etc. To make the game a bit more challenging, you can add a few other numbers.
Two kids stand or sit either side to the numbers and a multiplication table is given, eg 7 multiplied by 8.
Kids compete to be the first to point to the answer.
The first point to the answer, scores a point and the first to have three points is the winner.
This game works well as a whole class game with children representing their team or have a tournament to find who the class champion is with each child having a go.
This is one of my favorites. It is a simple and fun math game that always motivates children.
Each person rolls the dice. Use
-3 Dice for children to practice 3 digit numbers
-4 Dice for children to practice 4 digit numbers
-5 Dice for children to practice 5 digit numbers
-6 Dice for children to practice 6 digit numbers
Each person rolls the dice and records the numbers shown, eg 3 4 1 6.
The players then organize the digits to make the largest possible number that they can, eg 6431.
The player with the highest number receives 1 point.
Twenty Questions Number Game
No equipment is needed for this children's math game.
First choose a number within the range to be played, eg 1- 20, 1-100, 100-1000.
The number is recorded on a piece of paper but not shown to the others.
The other players then ask questions to help them to identify the number.
Only yes / no questions can be used.
Encourage children to ask general questions to begin with, eg Is it odd? Is it more than 50? Instead of trying to guess the number, eg Is it 38?
Using games in math offers so much more than just fun. These games also help to develop a deep understanding of number concepts and a confident attitude towards a sometimes unpopular subject. Do not be surprised when hear, 'Gee that was fun! Can we do it again? '