Board games are a huge staple of family time, and are handy tools for teachers to use in the classroom. A fun and effective way to help kids learn while having a good time are math board games. Incorporating math into games helps children open up to more problem solving skills, without classroom or homework stresses. Everyone wins playing math games because kids are not only having fun but they are also learning at the same time.
Here are the 12 best math board games for kids in 2017.
1. Sum Swamp
Build on basic addition and subtraction skills by making it an adventure to cross the Learning Resources Sum Swamp. One of the most popular math board games, two to four players can play Sum Swamp, and the game includes three dice that each player rolls. Two dice have numbers on them and the third contains plus and minus signs. Once you roll, you will either add the two numbers or subtract to see how many spaces you can go. Fun swamp creatures are used as game pieces, and the game is a simple but effective way of learning basic math.
If you are up for a math challenge or just looking to make equations fun, the Learning Resources Head Full of Numbers offers multiple ways to play. The game comes with a notepad, six dice and a funny head to use for shaking. The basics of the game are to shake the dice up in the head and then toss them out. Players must make as many correct equations as they can before time runs out. You can use addition and subtraction only or add in multiplication and division for a challenge. Learning Resources have a great selection of math board games for kids that are worth checking out.
Math board games that look like Scrabble are bound to be exciting and challenging. The Equation Thinking Game is set up very similar to that famous word game, but in this version you have tiles that are numbers and equation signs. You must think outside the box to build on each others numbers in order to get a high score. While this game can take a while to play, it is a fun way to focus and build on problem solving skills.
Use addition and subtraction to find where to place your tiles when you play Sequence Numbers. Each player receives a game board and tiles to place on it. Flash cards are used to show an equation with addition or subtraction. You need to solve the problem and find the solution on your card. The goal is to get five solutions matched in a row to win. Different groups of numbers are color coded to help you with number recognition.
The Money Bags Coin Value Game is a great way to learn about saving up and exchanging money. As you work your way around the board, players collect small sums of coins. When you have enough added up, you can exchange the coins for almost real looking dollar bills. Included are one hundred plastic coins and ten play dollars to collect and exchange. Math board games can teach valuable money skills and lessons while being fun to play.
Making fractions look tasty, the Pizza Fraction Fun game is just what you ordered! Players get hands on experience with fractions, allowing you to learn as you build different pizzas. Each pizza has the fraction equivalent written on the opposite side. The game includes thirteen realistic looking pizzas that all fit nicely in a to go box for storage and three double sided spinners that give you different ways to play.
How can you make math more fun, just add dinosaurs! In the Dino Math Tracks game, you will learn how to add, subtract, count and use place values. The game includes a game board, sixteen dinosaur pieces, seventy-two cards and five dice. It offers three levels of play, so that you can find the right fit for your game to make it easy or more challenging. Using fun dinosaur showdowns, this math board game has exciting gameplay and will keep your kids entertained while learning.
Roll the dice and multiply the fun with Sumoko. The game channels Scrabble and Banagrams in number form. It can be played alone or with up to eight friends. Once you roll the dice, you have to make a row of numbers that are multiples of the number you rolled. While the game can be challenging, once you get the hang of it the fun is endless. Great for all ages to learn more multiplication values or to sharpen those old skills back up.
9. Prime Climb
This bright colored board game will awaken your senses as you add, subtract, multiply and divide your way to the center of the board. In Prime Climb the object is to get both of your pawns to the center of the board while trying to bump back your opponents. Each tile is color coded to help you decide which equation to use as you go along. It’s a great family game for two to four players.
Can math board games really be fun? ThinkFun think so! This simple yet challenging game is great for all ages. While playing ThinkFun Math Dice Jr, you roll the odd dice. The number you get is your solution. Next you roll the regular dice to find your numbers for the equation. Once all the numbers are rolled, you have to figure out how to make the numbers equal out to the odd first number you rolled. You can use multiplication, division, addition or subtraction to reach this goal.
These fun and colorful flash cards are a great way to jumpstart your way to a fun education. The Super Genius – Addition game is great twist on old flash cards. The game shows two cards to the player. One card has the equations while the other card shows the answer. Players must match the correct answer to each equation to move on. It is excellent to help build on addition skills and processing speed for young learners.
The 24 Game is played on multiple four by four squares. Each square contains four numbers that you have to use to make the number twenty-four. You can use addition, subtraction, multiplication or division to reach the number and each card has one solution. The cards vary in difficulty by the dots on the bottom corner. One dot is easy, two dots is challenging and three dots is hard. Great for all ages and fun to challenge your friends and family to make the number twenty-four.
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.