View Full Version : Fun Games for Math Skills?

04-03-2011, 01:03 PM
I am looking for suggestions on what types of games, books, and other math related things you all do with your elementary age kids. I decided to go ahead with Saxon 3 but I feel more time is needed in practicing math facts (other than the dreaded flash cards) and I want to encourage mental math, which I feel Saxon is weak on. I'm looking for FUN things. We have Sum Swamp, which is good, and I play some math card games with her (Frog Juice is our favorite) but I thought I'd pick your brains and see what I'm missing.

Thanks in advance!

04-03-2011, 04:42 PM
My kids like the math games on www.fun4thebrain.com.

We also play our own made-up game with pennies, dimes, and dollar bills to practice addition and subtraction with renaming We use a two ten-sided dice to generate a random, two-digit number. They alternate rolling a number to add for their "allowance" and one to subtract for "shopping". We pretend to shop for crazy stuff. They "go to the bank" when they have to trade in a dime for pennies (to borrow) or vice versa (to carry).

On the Pioneer Woman website, they reviewed a couple of math products:
Math Gear Fast Facts http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeschooling/2010/10/product-review-math-gear-math-facts/
Zillio Mini Mountain http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeschooling/2010/08/product-review-the-zillio-mini-mountain/

04-03-2011, 06:13 PM
http://www.livingmath.net/Home/tabid/250/language/en-US/Default.aspx is not specifically games, but its all about learning math outside of textbooks, in fun and engaging ways

04-03-2011, 06:57 PM
I do several of these dice games with my son. We have the instructions for several printed out to take with us when we go out to eat.
Many can be altered for older kids by adding dice or changing the operation.


04-03-2011, 07:43 PM
Rat a Tat cat
Sleeping queens
Knock out or Muggins
Going to the dump

Knock out (and Muggins for older kids) is one of the BEST math games. If you're interested, it's easy to play with some dice and a little whiteboard - go to the website and there's a video that shows how to play. Going to the dump is a rightstart basic addition facts game - you can also find a video on their site about how to play it (though it might be too easy for you guys). I would link... But I'm computerless right now - forgive me if there's any strange autocorrects too!

You can also look at good strategy and logic games - rush hour, mastermind... But that's a longer list...

04-03-2011, 10:30 PM
We use two different web sites for fun math exercises. We use Learning Games for Kids (http://learninggamesforkids.com). It is really good for elementary math and basic review games. We especially used this when my daughter was a little younger. We also use Timez Attack for multiplication tables. I hope these help!

Homeschooling 1 child for 4 years with Time4Learning~!

04-04-2011, 10:31 AM

04-08-2011, 10:30 PM
Hi Elkhollow -

I've made a mission of sorts out of searching for fun materials that homeschoolers can use - and blogged what I have found so far. If you visit the blog in the left sidebar you'll see a 'Math' category. Click on it and it will take you to a bunch of posts about fun math stuff. There are tons of really fun resources out there and I'm always excited to share them!

The blog address can be found in my signature - hope you find something you can use!

04-14-2011, 01:27 AM
RightStart Math has a whole book on games (http://www.alabacus.com/pageView.cfm?pageID=275)

04-20-2011, 10:54 PM
Yep, I love the RightStart Math games, as well as the card games people mentioned. We also have tons of logic games like Rush Hour.

(And Frog Juice is our family's favorite card game!)

04-21-2011, 02:35 AM
Great ideas here thanks ladies :-)

04-21-2011, 12:47 PM
We like junior monopoly. I let everyone bank for themselves and do not offer very much help with counting totals when we have to pay each other.

They have all gotten better at counting their money and making change.