Kid math games have a great impact on the children,
as they provide several benefits to the children. There are
math games that are fun which help foster a positive and enjoyable
attitude to math in the child. The one thing that has to be
remembered while playing math games is that in math, like
in life, attitude is extremely important. Math games tend
to provide motivation to kids to play more of these games.
Keeping this point in mind, a wise teacher capitalizes on
this desire whenever possible.
Kid math games tend to provide context for mathematics. Context
means weaving together, and this is exactly what a kid math
game does to kids and math; weave them together! With the
right exposure to substantive and enjoyable math games, children
learn how to weave together various facts and concepts of
math.
Through kid math games, the kids learn to gain familiarity,
practice and master important mathematical facts and concepts
of math. It is through kid math games that the kid learns
to incorporate important dynamics supporting memorization
like motivation, variety, context and fun.
Playing shopkeeper is an interesting kid math game. Items
have to be collected around the house and tags have to be
placed on them. A small cardboard box could become a cash
register. The kid is the shopkeeper while the rest of the
family, the customers. You buy things from the kid, requesting
change in return for money given. The kid learns addition
and subtraction when calculating the change that has to be
returned to you. You can even discuss on the possibility of
expanding the business, and teach the kid the fundamentals
of investments, and math at the same time.
One of the best quantitative math activities for small children
is skip count song. By skip counting, the kid learns how to
count in multiples of numbers like 3,6,9,12…etc. through
skip counting, the kid gets a solid foundation for addition,
division and multiplication at the same time. It is a good
idea implementing this skip counting in the form of a tune.
This makes it more catchy and interesting to learn.
Good old fashioned dice and card games like Cribbage, Rummy
and Yahtzee give multiple opportunities for children to practice
counting and simple addition. Adding the numbers on the cards
give exercises on math for the kid. The board games like Monopoly
and Chutes and Ladders provide lots of counting opportunities.
You can also modify board games to use not the sum of two
rolled dice, but instead, the difference or the product of
the two rolled dice!
One interesting kid math game is the mathtarget games. Here,
the goal is to use all four given numbers, in any order, with
any operation signs to make the mathematical expression equal
to a fifth number. It is up to the kid to use his mathematical
skills to find out which number has to be multiplied or subtracted
from the other to provide the fifth number.
