While I’m a huge fan of hands-on math using Montessori Materials, sometimes it’s just a bit of fun to use math games or math activities to get kids excited about math!
Children develop real interests often when something fascinates them, challenges them just the right amount, and they discover they are pretty good at something. Using a math game can make learning fun, creating positive associations with math processes and numbers and allow children to see real-world representations of math concepts.
3. I’m really excited about the Hungry Minds Kickstarter campaign. They are offering free goal-setting and printable activity downloads if you are willing to make any pledge to their fundraising efforts. You can also receive a free version of the 4-game box set when you pledge to donate $15 plus shipping, and because the campaign is being run through Kickstarter, if they don’t reach their fundraising goal, your donation will never be collected from you.
5. Learning2Walk (who provides the free CVC printables for our series) has three free math game printables, for shape recognition, graphing, and a math board game. Laminate the printables to get more use out of them.
7. I love mixing sensory activities for kids in with other subjects, so this Play Dough Math activity from Simple Learning for Kids is right up my alley.
8. How cute is this Spring Lambs counting activity from Adventures of Adam? My daughter is obsessed with Shawn the Sheep, but I immediately think of counting sheep for bedtime… although this might make that too fun!
9. A magnetic fishing game has been on my DIY-to-do list forever, and I’m feeling more motivated after seeing this math magnetic fishing game from Messy Little Monster and this one from Buggy and Buddy. (You can also buy a set.)
10. I love spending only a few minutes setting up an activity that the kids get tons of use and learning from — which is exactly what this cute mailbox set-up from Arts and Crackers offers! Letters, numbers, shapes, colours, and simple equations… the possibilities for this invitation to learn are endless!
11. Play dough subtraction smash — doesn’t that just sound fun?! A great math activity from Mama Papa Bubba.
12. Similar to their play dough idea, Mama Papa Bubba also have this fun berry subtraction idea, with a special twist on how the subtracting is done…
13. The Sum Swamp board game uses addition and subtraction to allow players to progress in the game.
14. Magnets and dice provide some fine motor practice for this free dice game from Measured Mom.
15. Help children understand different representations of numbers and practice number recognition with this dice game from Danya Banya.
16. Modern Preschool generously shares these watermelon counting cards to be used with some play dough, although you could easily substitute beans or laminate them and draw the seeds on (and wipe them off after).
17. A fun twist on practicing equations, Left Brain Craft Brain made some DIY math scratch cards.
18. Gather some bottle caps and print off this free printable from Messy Little Monster for some ladybug-inspired summer math.
22. Another math activity using bottle caps, Learn with Play at Home shared a series of math activities from a simple bottle cap picture.
23. Estimation jars are a fabulous way to enthrall and capture children’s imaginations while reinforcing a basic math skill that is often overlooked.
24. What about a life-sized math board game? Coffee Cups and Crayons shares a quick and easy set-up for some gross motor math!
25. Simply playing hopscotch like we did in 7 Indoor Bean Bag Games is a great number recognition activity, and you can mix things up by calling out a simple equation and encouraging children to jump on the answer (sum).
What are your favourite math games for kids?
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