Every parent knows that one of the most difficult subjects for children to learn is math. There are so many aspects to it as well as skills to learn. For these reasons helping children develop these skills is a challenge. In addition, there is the added obstacle of children losing focus quickly.
Fortunately, there are great math board games that engage children while helping them develop skills and gain knowledge . Here are the best math board games or if you would rather see just games for kids, check our our board games for kids page.
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Math Board Games For Ages 4+
This board game, which received an an Oppenheim Best Toy Award is a great way for young children to practice their arithmetic skills while having lots of fun. The goal of Sum Swamp is to escape from the swamp. The challenge is adding and subtracting your way through while avoiding the amusing pitfalls. This game is the perfect alternative to flash cards and a game only lasts about 5-10 minutes.
Here is a few things that have been said about Sum Swamp by people who have played it
- “We bought this for my boys and they really enjoyed it right from the start. There is addition and subtraction practice and the concept of odd and even numbers, but the kids don’t care because it’s fun. The target ages are about 4 to 7, but it’s fun enough that Mommy doesn’t mind playing it again and again.”
- “I have 3 small children and we love playing this game as a family! Granted my 2 year old just likes to roll the dice but it is great at reinforcing the math concepts that I am teaching the kids in homeschool. My 4 year old is starting to be able to add and subtract and my almost 6 year old is gaining confidence in her ability to add and subtract. Not only does it reinforce math concepts but also helps to teach them to be good sportsmen, taking turns, and gives parents the opportunity to help them deal with disappointment if they don’t win. The best part is that this this game is a lot of fun and they have no idea that they’re learning all of these great things!”
- “The game is great for a variety of reasons – it teaches kids addition and subtraction in a fun way, rolling the dice is fun for smaller kids who aren’t there yet to count, and it also teaches kids to deal with winning and not winning (we don’t use losing as a term at home – just our little positive reinforcement thing). The game makes is fun and children learn without feeling that they are sitting down to learn something. Quality of the game in terms of hte board, dice, and pieces is great too.”
Math Board Games For Ages 7+
Head Full of Numbers
Head Full of Numbers is a simple concept and adds the element of visual interest to draw children in. To play, simply shake the head shaped cup to roll the dice. Next, set the timer and write as many equations as possible with the numbers and symbols on the dice. Kids can play as little or as long as they want. The great things about this math game is that they are very versatile. Older children can form equations while younger kids can identify the numbers and symbols.
Check out what some people have said about Head Full of Numbers that have played it
- “I have 4 boys, my oldest is 7 (1st grade), 3 of them can play this game in some form. They love to shake the numbers out. My oldest plays the traditional way, in making math problems. My preschooler tries to find matching numbers and sequences, and my other preschooler tries to identify the numbers. It is such a simple game that you can make up your own way to use it and play it.”
- “My 6 year old often complains about his math homework, so I took a chance on this game, hoping that it would be a way for him to see that doing math can be fun too. He enjoys this game so much, he doesn’t even realize that he’s doing math! Fun and educational! Great game!”
- “I bought this for my 8 year old son. He is in 2nd grade and loves to play this game. His younger brothers and sisters like to join in also, even though they cant really play by the rules. comes with plenty of game sheets. Great game.”
Math Board Games For Ages 8+
What better way to improve your child’s math skills than playing an educational game that involves money? Pay Day teaches children about family finance. During the game’s duration players earn money and decide how to spend it. Whoever has the most money at the end of the game wins. The best part is this Math board game can be played as long as desired and covers math in addition to teaching them how to spend money wisely.
Here are some of the things people have said about “Pay Day”
- “This game is very fun. it can be as long or as short (time wise) as you want it. You learn about money and bills and such, but don’t really see it as a learning game because its fun….”
- “My son learned this game at camp this summer. We got him his own for his 7th birthday. It is great for his math and planning skills. Some of the concepts are way over his head (ie. borrowing money). But that makes this a great game he’ll grow into over the next few years. He loves Monopoly Junior, but it’s almost too young for him at this point and “grown up” Monopoly is still a bit too advanced. This game is perfect.”
- “We started playing boardgames with our kids (ages 6 and 8) by playing Monopoly. I could tell that they liked it, but at times they lost interest with that game. I decided to try playing Pay Day with them. They enjoyed this game a lot more. There were some decisions they could make besides to buy or not to buy. It also has an easier ending to understand versus telling them the game is over because everyone went “bankrupt.” Overall, I think this is a much better game to start teaching children finances rather than Monopoly.”
Math Board Games For Ages 6+
Pizza Fraction Fun
This very clever game teaches kids about fractions with pizza slices. Pizza Fraction Fun is seven fun games in one. Each game focuses on a skill related to fractions including adding and subtracting fractions as well as identifying and estimating them. Great game for kids of all ages and skill levels. They will learn without even realizing it.
Here are some of the things people have said about “Pizza Fraction Fun”.
“I teach 5th grade, and I’ve been using this game for years with my students. The kids LOVE the realistic look of the pizza and really enjoy playing the variety of games included. The whole class likes to play the game in teams, and I use it at a math station. The team atmosphere is great because the kids can work together to answer questions and teach each other along the way.”
- “There is no end to the fun that you will have teaching fractions to small children, about 6 to 9 years old, with these Pizza Slices.
- I find that children instinctively learn better with powerful visual aids like the Pizzas, which are cut into various fractions.
- It’s a breeze for example, showing how 1/2 a Pizza equals 3/6ths and so forth.
- What is really fun, is to see what happens when afterward, you actually take children out for Pizza!”
- “This game really helped my son understand fractions – he needs things to be concrete to understand the concept, and this was the perfect solution.”
Math Board Games For Ages 5+
This board game teaches kids how to count coins in a entertaining way. It includes a colorful Math board, realistic money and a spinner that decides what direction the game will take next. This game is also very easy to follow and exciting enough for children with shorter attention spans. After a few games kids will be more comfortable counting money which will result in better grades in school.
Here are some of the things people have said about Money Bags that have played it
- “Got this for me 6, turning 7, year old son who is in 1st grade. The timing is perfect. He is learning about money and how to ‘make change’ at school and this has really helped him with his schoolwork. And he LOVES playing it! Definitely a great way to make learning fun. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a gift for a child in this age range. My nearly 4 yr old likes to try to play but will certainly enjoy more when he can better grasp the concepts. He is still too young.”
- “I’d been trying to get my 4 year old to understand coins, and he just didn’t get it. (I know, he doesn’t need to know this for a while, but hey, I thought I’d try.) After playing this game three times, he understood the concepts completely. Brilliant product! We add a bit of fun to the game by miming/acting out the tasks associated with the spaces (e.g. pretending to bring out the garbage, etc).”
- “This was a great gift for my 1st grader. She is very interested in money and this is a great learning tool, especially at this price.”
Math Board Games For Ages 8+
Quizmo is a bingo style game in which the caller calls out a math problem while the players find the correct answer on his/her scoreboard. There is a version of Quizmo for each operation as well as math vocabulary, fractions and decimals. Throughout the game kids will be engaged and have incentive to solve the equations correctly. To make it even more fun, offer a prize to the winner of the game.
Here are what some of the best Quizmo players have said about this game
- “I teach 3rd – 5th grade math. This is a two sided game. The students love it. I think it is a real helpful in teaching decimals. When I start teaching fractions I will be using the fraction side of the game.”
Equate is the perfect combination of math and a crossword puzzle. The objective of this board game is to make equations with the numbers and symbols on the board. The more kids play the more their math skills develop. It makes kids view math differently which in turn helps them to gain more confidence and learn. Equate can offer hours of educational fun for kids and adults alike. Players can also earn more points by using division and subtraction operations.Overall, the best math board games listed above are the best out there. They are educational, engaging, and most importantly very fun to play. These games are suitable for a variety of ages and can offer fun for the whole family. It is no surprise that a few on the list received awards for being one of the best toys. Whether you think your child would enjoy a swamp adventure, learning fractions with pizza or an exciting bingo style game there is a math game for that.
Here are some of the things people have said about Equate
- “Recommended to anyone who believes in education for their children. Great!!! It builds character and enthusiasm and nurtures a child’s well-being.”
- “If you like Scrabble and you like Math, you can’t help but enjoy this game. Instead of making words, you make equations (e.g. 2X4+2=10). The game mixes in fractions to challenge your rusty math skills and is a lot of fun to play. The one downside is that equations run left to right and top to bottom on the board, so making equations running from the bottom to the top is not allowed. This cuts down just a little on the possibilities for the board. Still a lot of fun. There is MUCH thinking that occurs during this game. Don’t expect four people to sit down and toss this one off in an hour. Two players can go at it all afternoon. Of course, you can use the Junior Tile Set to make the game easier to play.”
- “Among school teachers, this is a classic, and it lives up to the reputation. It’s basically Scrabble, but with math equations. Fun and educational…this set comes with the medium difficulty tiles, 3rd-5th grade approximately. Other tile sets for 1st-2nd grade and 6th-8th grade are also available.”
Well here you have it! If you are looking for the best math board games, hopefully this list gave you some good quality suggestions! Do you have a favorite math game that we missed? Leave a comment and let us know and we’ll add it for you! Also, feel free to check out which board games are the best of the year or the most popular board games!