Math Games For Kids

Some simple games to help children master the basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts that they need to learn.

Helping your child learn their math facts can be a fun and enjoyable time for you and your child. Simple games can give you some good quality time with your child and help build their confidence in their math skills.

Have your child bounce a ball for each number in a math fact, for example bouncing a ball 3 times, and then 5 times for the math fact 3 plus 5. Variations include you bouncing the ball and not saying the number, them having to cound the bounces, and tell you the math fact.

Pick a number and have your child tell you all the math facts that total that number, either addition, subtraction or multiplication.

Play bingo, with the math facts that add up to numbers on their cards. This can be used with any number of children, and if you have small prizes for a 'bingo' would make a great party game. Older children can have multiplication facts only. You will need to have the cards ready ahead of time, but once made can be reused over and over.

Have a speed race, how fast can your child recite the addition facts that start with 2+ up to 15? Time them and see if they can go faster. This will also work with multiplication. With more than one child you can let them race against each other.

Tell a story with math facts in it. For example, Little Red Riding Hood had 4 tassles on her hood and 3 on her dress, she had how many tassles? You don't continue the story until the answer is correctly identified. She took 3 steps and then took another 10, how many steps before she met the wolf? Have your child tell the story adding in the math facts as they go, and having to correctly identify the person who gave the right answer.

With younger children who are just learning math facts, a puppet can be a great help. Have them try to teach the puppet the math facts, of course it will take several tries before the puppet gets them right.

Have your child tell you how many plates and forks you need for dinner. Doing additon and subtraction for everyday chores and activities will help reinforce the learning, and help them to see the need for it on a daily basis.

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