Math doesn’t only mean drills and worksheets. Games, hands-on activities, and interesting books all help keep the joy and fun in your math time.
Hands-On Activities that Integrate Math and Science
Going Beyond the Math Textbook: Scale Model of the Planets How to integrate math, science, and history as you create scale model of the solar system.
Teaching Measurement with Pumpkins Teach your kids measurement with this real-life math investigation: how can you tell which pumpkin is bigger? Plus: how to measure the volume of a pumpkin.
Math games are a terrific way to practice math basics in a fun way. There are tons of great math games out there, but most only allow you to work on one skill at a time–not great for a family where kids are at different math levels. These math games are different. All of them are designed so that your school-aged children can play together, even if they’re working on different math skills.
Math Bingo With my specially-designed Bingo board, your children can each practice a different skill (number recognition, addition facts, or multiplication facts), but still play Bingo all together. Includes free printable!
Close to 100 (or 10, or 1000) This game is terrific at teaching place value and developing kids’ mental math skills. Make sure to read the variations to see how to adjust the difficulty level so that all your kids can play.
Number Race This research-backed game teaches teaches young children to recognize the written numbers up to ten, and the variations offer ways to help older children practice skip-counting or other number sequences. Includes free printable!
Rat-a-tat-tat This fun card game teaches younger kids how to compare numbers, and it gives older kids the opportunity to practice mental addition.
Chutes and Ladders You have probably played Chutes and Ladders a million times with your younger kids, but it can also be tweaked to make a worthwhile mental math game for older kids.
Guess My Number This classic game teaches place-value and number sense, especially when you use a number line to record the guesses.
Math Fact Yahtzee With my free printable and some dice, your kids can practice number recognition, addition facts up to 6 + 6 or multiplication facts up to 6 x 6, all at the same time.
Math War Check out these brilliant variations on the card game War from Denise at Let’s Play Math. The games vary in difficulty from the basic game all the way through improper fractions and positive and negative integers.