Math is an essential subject for academic progress and also sharpens life skills such as logical thinking and reasoning. A friendly introduction to math can help kids develop these skills early on. It can give them a head start on advanced mathematics. With the myriad of animated and educational math-based games to choose from, you can watch your kid develop a natural liking for math and see their confidence skyrocket.
Whether your child has just begun to learn to identify numbers, count, and solve basic addition and subtraction problems, or have started lessons on algebra and geometry, the games and activities mentioned below will make math enjoyable for them.
To begin with, choose a game that reviews a topic they’ve already learned and provides some additional practice. Once they have warmed up and mastered the basics, encourage them to take up new challenges.
You’d be surprised to see them unlock new skills with each game and how the same textbook math lessons become more fun for them.
Use this famous game format to help kids practice for a quiz or exam in a fun way. You are probably familiar with the basics, but let’s do a quick recap, shall we?
To set up the game, connect pockets to a bristol board and group them into columns and rows. Each column should be dedicated to a single subject, and each row should be assigned a point value of 200, 400, 600, 800, or 1000.
A group can ask a question from either bag, while the other groups must compete to solve the quiz and raise their hands to claim their chance first. When everybody in the room has completed all of the questions, the group of kids with the highest point total wins. In terms of participation and peer reinforcement, however, each student wins.
Additionally, it teaches kids the value of teamwork, decision-making and leadership.
Performing this variant of bingo will make reality fluency drills more fun. At first, make bingo cards with answers to various multiplication tables. Then, distribute them among your kids, ensuring that each has a separate sheet for calculations. Finally, rather than using numbers, use equations like 8 7 instead. They will cross off the number if it’s on their cards after finding the product is 56.
There’s nothing more fun than a game of Bingo if you have got a big group of kids, or you could join the kids on one of your family get-togethers.
3. Stand Up, Sit Down Game
Yes, it’s the good old Stand Up, Sit Down game. You can make it to make it more challenging according to your kids’ age and ability level. The basic concept is simple: you choose a number, and kids must stand if the answer to an equation you read aloud corresponds to that number. If it doesn’t, they will have to sit in a circle. You have to keep switching your positions at each turn accordingly.
4. Prodigy Math Game
It’s a curriculum-aligned math video game. It keeps kids engaged at home or school while reinforcing lesson material and critical skills. Players engage in math duels against in-game characters, which borrow elements from role-playing games (RPGs). They must answer a series of questions to win.
Educators can also use these questions to complement class content. The game also adjusts content based on integrated learning and differential teaching values, solving each student’s weak points. You can sign up for the Prodigy Math game, here.
5. Math is fun
Another fun way to engage your kid in math is by directing them to the mathisfun games and puzzles. The games vary from complex math classics like Sudoku to counting drills, making them ideal a learning station or classroom for one-to-one learning. They provide concise instructions and animated characters to make the concepts easier to grasp.
6. Around the Block
Play ‘Around the Block’ is a hands-on activity to practice almost every math ability with only a ball. To start with, create a list of questions relevant to the ability. Instruct kids to form a circle. At last, hand the ball to one of your students and have them read a question from your list aloud.
The ball must be passed clockwise around the circle. The kid who receives it first must answer all the questions before their next turn. You pass the ball to a classmate for the next question if the student responds incorrectly. If the kid answers correctly, he or she selects the next contestant.
7. Flashcard Race
This is a super fun game for younger kids. Take flashcards and write some math puzzles, riddles or problems according to their level. Set them in a line for each child on the floor and mark the start and finish points of the race. Kids start from the starting point and solve the flashcard’s puzzles that come on their way. They can call out or write down the answers. The flashcards may or may not have the same set of quizzes for each child as it can vary to the age group of the children. Each child gets 1–2-minutes to solve each flashcard. They collect the flashcards they solve and leave the ones they cannot under the set time duration. The one who has the highest number of flashcards and takes minimum time to reach the finish point wins the race.
8. Puddle Jump
To play this game, spread the paper puddles on the floor highlighted with numbers. Now call out the math puzzle or quiz turn by turn for each child and the child has to jump on the correct answer. For each correct jump, they get points. The child who gets the highest points wins the game. Puddle jump keeps the kids both physically and mentally active.
9. Pebble Hide & Seek
This game becomes every kid’s favourite. To start with it, take pebbles and paint each of them, you can take children’s help in this. Now write numbers on some pebbles, signs of addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (*) and division (/) on others and their answers on other pebbles. Make a set of each puzzle so that pebbles don’t get mixed. Next, hide the pebbles with answers in the playground. Show children the set of pebbles labelled with a puzzle. E.g. ‘24/8=’ in which ‘24’,’/’,’8’ and ‘=’ are written on separate pebbles. Now the children have to find the pebble with the correct answer which is ‘3’. The child, who finds it quickest, wins the race.
10. Giant Clock Game
To teach children how to watch time, this is the perfect fun game. Make a big clock with chalk on the floor and take two children to be the hour and minute hands. Now call out the time and they have to stand in the correct positions to tell the time. You can add more complicated elements to make it more interesting and difficult, by having them add or subtract from the originally said time. E.g. you can say ‘now it’s past 42 minutes or 27 minutes later.’
Many of these activities can be tailored to fit several math topics, so pick a few to get your kid excited about the subject. You can also explore next-gen skills like coding.
Math & Coding
Coding involves a great amount of mathematical thinking. Kids unknowingly perform many arithmetic functions like problem-solving, critical thinking through systematic approaches like grouping variables, applying conditional logic and also experimenting with creative techniques like trial & error and working with a hypothesis. In a way, Coding is a smart way of learning math in real-time. Check it out yourself, here’s a free episode of Tekie’s world’s first animated series on Coding.