5 Interactive Learning Games that Teach Kids Math
Many kids struggle with math because they find the concepts uninteresting or overly difficult. However, it’s important for kids to push through their lack of interest given the way that math and technology are an ever-growing part of our lives. Here are some ways you can transform your kids‘ relationship with math from a dreaded subject to an exciting challenge!
Make math moves!
When kids first learn numbers, they can practice counting using the parts of their body. Connecting math concepts with movements help kids better retain what they learn.
For example, you can ask your kids to count how many eyes, freckles, fingers and toes they have. Follow up with questions like ‘How old are you?’ and ask them to answer using their hands. For instance, if your child is 6, he could show four fingers on one hand and two on the other. This activity also teaches addition, another early math skill.
Hopscotch is another way to introduce kids to numbers. Have the kids write a sequence of numbers on your driveway and ask them to jump over whatever number you call out. You can even ask them to jump over the answers to different equations to improve their mental math skills.
Play math games
For those kids who avoid math at all costs, interactive learning games can make the learning process feel more like entertainment than homework.
Kids can build their math skills and practice running their own business with Pizza Co. In this STEM game for kids, players assemble pizzas according to their customer’s specifications and manage transactions at their pizzeria. Pizza Co. is the perfect game for kids who are working on fractions and how to count money.
A math game early learners love is Numbers. In this creative thinking game, kids arrange physical tiles, including dots and digits, to form numbers and count. Numbers teaches kids that there are many ways to reach a solution, including addition, subtraction or even multiplication.
Gather some objects lying around the house — spoons, buttons, coins — and place them all in a big jar. Give everyone in the family the chance to submit their guess of how many items are in the jar. The person closest to the actual number wins! This activity builds both counting skills and spatial awareness. If you’re looking to add another level of difficulty, you could create a math brainteaser based on the items in the jar. For instance, the magic answer could be (2 * # of spoons) + (# of buttons / 4) – # of coins.
Measure while cooking
There are tons of opportunities for kids to learn fractions and measurement in the kitchen. Ask them to “Fill the pot two-thirds of the way with water”, “add a teaspoon of salt,” and “cut the cake into six equal parts” and soon enough they will have a flying start in mathematics!
Make math an everyday topic
Visiting the grocery store? Let the kids estimate the bill before you head to the checkout. Is there a discount on detergent? Ask your kids to calculate the final price. You can also have them add, subtract or multiply the different digits on license plates around you when you’re stuck in traffic!
Hands-on activities are a great way to engage kids in math topics. These creative teaching strategies make learning fun, all while building kids’ resilience and confidence. Make interactive educational games part of their routine and they’ll see themselves as mini mathematicians in no time!