Math Games Kids Can Play
For the most part, math gets lost when kids take their summer breaks. We’re only partially responsible, as teachers realize math is just one more stressor that schools tend to shy away from. (Hey, there are still summer school options! Kind of.)
We all know that learning math in the summer months is key to being successful in high school and college, so we make it our mission to get our kids to learn it in a fun, exciting way. Looking for inspiration? We’ve rounded up some great math games, games to build fractions, and really fun math projects. And with little to no effort, you can make your students ace the bar exam (or the sign-in process). Keep reading to learn more about eight fun math games and how to make them happen.
Simple Math Puzzles
Why settle for board games when you can play math games? For easy math questions that anyone can figure out, try these simple games that typically have 20 to 30 questions that you can test students on. Some of our favorites: the math version of Scrabble, the math version of Clue, and even math versions of Risk.
Plain White Numbers
Imagine if parents stopped forcing their kids to memorize the multiplication tables, the division tables, the squares, and the colors of all the clothes in the house?! Well, we can only imagine how much easier life would be! If you like the idea of buying a bunch of stickers and printing them out, pick one of these simple plain white numbers puzzles. You can substitute a silly letter for a number or a silly animal for a number. One of our favorites: The Big Even
Little Miniature Math Puzzles
The other night, we played Tetris in the car. Tetris is a fun game to play. Why not skip all the complicated stuff and just do math? The science behind what goes on in the little puzzle called the “zebra cube” is pretty much the same as the big puzzle called the “zebra.” And in fact, the big zebra was designed to demonstrate the fact that all of this stuff can be easily abstracted by observing the non-distant interactions between objects. Our favorites: The Brick With Zebra Cube and The Dinosaur Blocks
Particle Physics Games
What’s a better way to learn about math and physics than by playing the fun and exciting lottery game called Super Glue? Or by counting how many people are in the same room and playing a game of Scattergories? No word yet on Super Glue’s clear part, but we may see that soon. For some actual, physical math, try these particle physics video games to stretch your mind.
Some of our favorites: one of which is Calculus Sudoku, a rudimentary math application.
Stick Toy Engines
Look at us. We’re running around with games! That’s why you might want to look at these interactive stick toys that let you see your homemade harpsichord with a digital display attached to it.
1 In 1 Figure
1 In 1 Figure is a game where everyone starts at one center point and players rotate every 2 to 5 seconds to see how far they go. The main thing here is how few points you rack up. Keep in mind that you are probably in the same brain space as the people you’re playing with. And more generally, studies have shown that more challenging games lead to smarter players. So, when people get the opportunity to play with more serious and challenging games, they will look forward to it.
What better way to stimulate your brain, keep your brain connected, and decrease the stress in your brain, than by reading a simple but quick and challenging math game at home? You could try this one called Fun Math, in which you can solve fun problems. And if you would rather play with your kids, check out Math Commons, a site with games that are for kids, by kids, and for children.