Math can be a lot of fun, and the younger kids learn this, the better their chances of doing well in math throughout their school career! Here are some of our absolute favorite math games for kids of all ages.
The Very Best Math Games for Kids
Spot It is a game that even two-year-old Anna can play! We amend the rules with her playing, so that we take turns finding the match rather than racing to find it. The three older kids hold their own without this amendment, though!
The kids fell in love with The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game at a friend’s house in Massachusetts while we were out there visiting earlier this month. This simple matching game happens to be very charmingly designed.
We discovered Sum Swamp via my daughter Emma’s first grade classroom. She loved it so much that Johnny saved up his own money and bought a copy for us to play. My five-year-old and seven-year-old still adore this game, and Emma still plays occasionally even although at age nine it is getting quite easy for her.
We discovered Prime Climb via my mom, who supported it while it was a Kickstarter project! She sent us our copy of the game, and Mike and I play it quite a bit. The kids also enjoy it, although five-year-old Lily especially needs a fair bit of help to play. The color coding design is brilliant for including younger players.
Rummikub was one of my favorite games as a child! Luckily my kids enjoy it as well. The plastic tiles lend a nice sensory activity, and the luck element can even out the playing field for different ability levels.
Playing Blokus by the rules is an excellent mathematical exercise. My kids rarely do this, but they learn a lot about geometry by arranging the tiles to create beautiful images on the board!
I adore Q-bitz Extreme, and my kids do too. This game builds spacial awareness skills and pattern recognition.
Qwirkle is a fun patterning game, and another one where my kids frequently use the pieces to create interesting mosaics rather than playing by the rules. Building mosaics also builds math skills!
Know of a Game We Should Try?
I always think of our family as not owning board games. Pulling this post together I realized that we have quite a few; it’s just that they are nearly all math games! What board games – math themed or not – does your family love? Drop me a note on my Facebook Page, or via email at mamasmilesblog at gmail dot com.