When my youngest daughter was in 5th grade, I had the opportunity to take a general leave and homeschool her for half the year (not enough time, but I'll always be grateful for it!) As I was at that time, I'm always on the lookout for math games that can be used for homeschoolers or for parents who don't homeschool but want to help enrich their students' learning!
Playing games is a fun, educational way to help students grasp a wide variety of math concepts. The great part is they can play with each other or you. With so many games to choose from, it can be hard to choose the right ones. Here are a few suggestions:
Sumoku is a crosswords style game, but with numbers. It features five different play modes. It’s designed to grow with your child and is made for ages 8 to adult.
Equate: The Equation Thinking Game
Think of Equate: The Equation Thinking Game as Scrabble for math. I love Scrabble, but I enjoy the challenging math version too. It’s designed to help students better understand equations by creating their own on the board and building upon others.
A great math game for teaching prime numbers and critical thinking is Prime Club. Players must work their way to 101 by using division, multiplication, addition and subtraction. It’s made for ages 10 and up, though it can be played with younger homeschoolers.
Kitki Three Sticks
Kitki Three Sticks makes geometry about far more than just memorizing shapes. I’ve found kids remember more when they’re able to engage with the subject matter in a fun way. This game challenges them to interact with geometrical shapes in new ways, helping them experience shapes in a memorable way. The game is actually listed as a STEM toy.
Math Card War
Math Card War is one of the cheapest games on this list, but I think it’s still highly effective for homeschoolers. All you need is a standard deck of playing cards. It plays like the classic War card game, but with math concepts. All the rules and variations for everything from addition to logarithms are listed on the Math Card War site.
Playing With Dice
While that isn’t the name of a game, The Teacher Next Door provides several different math games using nothing but a set of dice. They’re ideal for learning basic math all the way through area and perimeter.
I like a good brain teaser and the MindTrap series of geometrical brain teaser games is perfect for helping your homeschooler master geometry.
Of course, games like Life, Monopoly, UNO and Yahtzee are all ideal for teaching math skills.
And you can always create your own unique games - as long as students are having fun and learning, it’s a great game.