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Gameschooling Math

Fun Math Games, Logical Games, and Free Online Math Games to Make Learning Math Enjoyable for You and Your Child!

Gameschooling Math
By Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.

Math anxiety is real! You can ask many students—and even many adults—who flinch at the sight of numbers. Even those who do well at math, or even really well at math, may find that the way math is often taught or practiced is boring or tedious. Gameschooling is a great way to reinforce skills and build strategies in math in a way that makes math, well, less like math for many students. Make your math time more productive and fun by exploring some of these resources!

What is Gameschooling for Math?

Math and Logic Board Games
Free Online Math Games for Kids

Other Math Learning Games and Resources for Your Gameschool

*This post contains affiliate links. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission. Although many of the resources listed here are free, those marked with a $ have a cost or require a fee/subscription in order to access the full range of materials.

What is Gameschooling for Math?

The Gameschooling Homeschool Method is easy to use for math because there are so many math and logic games available. Some homeschoolers teach the concepts and types of problems and then use games to reinforce and practice the strategies and skills. Others use math and logic games to break up academic sessions, fill in time gaps, or as part of periodic “game days” in their homeschools. Some homeschoolers, true gameschoolers, teach and practice math largely through games. However you decide to use them, math games and logic games can spice up your homeschool and provide additional learning opportunities during which your children may not even realize they are “doing school”!

Check out our list of multi-subject learning games and resources and try some of these free online math-specific learning games:

 

 


Math and Logic Board Games

What are some fun math games that will really help your child learn? The truth is that almost anything can become a math game. For example, have your child count the peas on a plate and then eat them while subtracting or use math dice to practice math facts informally in a fun way! The best part is that there are lots of structured math and logic board games out there, too.

Allowance Game | Lakeshore $
Our fast-paced game is perfect for learning how to handle money, make change and more. Fun-filled activity turns learning into a game. Perfect for teaching kids to identify money values, add and subtract money, and more.”

Dino Math Tracks | Learning Resources $
“Learn math with a prehistoric twist. Teaches place value, counting, addition, and subtraction. Learn place value of ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands. Includes game board, 16 dinosaurs, 72 cards, 5 dice, and 3 levels of play.

Exact Change | Continuum Learning $
“Teach children to count money with a fun game the entire family can enjoy! Parents will enjoy this game as much as their children. The goal is to play all of your cards first. You can discard cards by matching the color of the last card played, by matching the currency value (play a penny on a penny), or by making exact change. Making exact change allows you to discard multiple cards that add up to the value of the last card played. Exact Change combines an excellent teaching lesson with a fun card game. Kids are motivated to find a way to make exact change and play a lot of cards at once. They won’t even know they’re learning.”

I Sea 10! Math Game | Fun Express $
“Reel in your number sense by catching combinations of 10. Players take turns flipping cards to show numbers and shout out “I see 10” when they see combinations of numbers that together make 10. Collect the most 10s and win. Beware of the hungry shark cards—pull one and you’ll have to start all over again.”

Math War | School Zone $
Math War Addition & Subtraction kids flash cards are an exciting way for children to learn simple addition and subtraction equations. This fun, yet competitive, learning card game helps kids focus and solve basic addition and subtraction problems. Kids play together, flipping over cards and solving the problems on each, and the one with the highest card value wins both cards, making this a set of flash cards kids are sure to enjoy!” Try the Math War Multiplication game, too!

Mobi Kids Numerical Tile Game $
“Parents and teachers will love this for beginners. Each player selects one set of number tiles. […] Players then connect their number tiles to form equations using operation tiles. The first player to connect all their number tiles wins! Works to balance, build, and improve early brain skills in arithmetic, cooperative play, visual processing, sequential thought, focus and attention, recognition and identification, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Genius!”

Money Bags Coin Value Game | Learning Resources $
“Players collect, count, and exchange money all the way to the finish line. Learn valuable money skills through fun game play. Includes game board with spinner, 100 plastic coins, play bills, markers, and dice.”

Perfect Timing | Continuum Games $
Learn to tell time in this fast paced, fun, and cooperative game. The goal of this Perfect Timing card game is to get the clock to the right place just in time. Players work together to move the hands of the clock and get it to read the time on the 12 clock cards. If the time is passed on a clock card, that clock busts! An educational game the whole family will love. Perfect for teachers and parents to teach their young ones to tell time in a fun and educational way.”

Pizza Fraction Fun Game | Learning Resources $
“Segmented pizzas provide a multisensory way to introduce and explore fractions. Practice identifying fractions, matching fraction equivalents, and performing fraction addition and subtraction. Game features 7 different ways to play with multiple levels of challenge. Includes 13 double-sided pizzas, 3 double-sided spinners, and instructions. Winner of 2 awards. Ideal for ages 6+.”

Rack-O $
“Rack-O” was originally released in 1956. This new retro edition, featuring fine quality cards with bold numbers, will delight players young and old. Each player is dealt 10 cards. Place cards in your rack in order, slot 50 down to 5. Turn over top card from the stockpile. Continue taking cards in turn, exchanging for cards in your rack. To go “Rack-O,” player must have all ten cards in his rack from a low card in the #5 slot to a high card in the #50 slot. […] For 2-4 players. Recommended ages 8+.”

Sums in Space | Learning Resources $
“The basic building blocks of math for first grade students are all here: addition and subtraction from 0-9, comparing numbers (greater than, less than, equal to) and learning odds and evens. 2-4 Players. Cooperative game rules let your child learn to communicate and work together as a team while working toward a common goal. Or choose to play the classic competitive version for a fast-paced race to the finish. The cooperative rules feature 3 difficulty levels to make sure your child can play when they are still learning and be interested as a review.”

Yahtzee $
“Yahtzee – one of the most popular dice games since its introduction in the 1950s, with over 50 million games sold each year. Our “Classic Yahtzee” is the same styling as the original. The name of the game is also the name of the best hand. The odds of rolling a “Yahtzee” (5 of a kind) on your first roll are 1295 to 1, so you won’t see that happen very often! While luck plays a big role in Yahtzee, strategy makes a huge difference. […] The player or team with the highest total score for all games (up to six) wins!”

 

 


Free Online Math Games for Kids

The Internet is chock full of resources for helping kids learn math, which is good, but that fact also makes choosing a math game online not so simple. Here are some places to find free online math games and some of the best logic games for kids:

Arcademics
Arcademics combines the excitement of video games with educational content to produce a high rate of learning through exciting, focused repetition that enables automaticity and fluency to be achieved quickly.” Find online games to practice math, language arts, typing, and geography. Check out these games for shapes, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, integers, money, time, decimals, fractions, ratio & proportion, and algebra.

Brain Bashers
Try a new challenge every day! Daily 30 Seconds asks you to solve 3 mathematical questions in 30 seconds or play Daily Sudoku, Daily CaluDoku, or Daily MathemaGrids, or others. “All daily items change at midnight GMT.”

BrainDen
Enjoy this collection of puzzles, optical illusions, games, and quizzes meant to tease your brain and test your logic.

ChessKid
“Empower children to learn the timeless game of chess on the world’s #1 chess site for kids! Our learning tools will keep kids motivated to learn and improve their chess skills. More importantly, learning chess will give them skills that they can take with them throughout life: strategy, tactics, creativity, perseverance and calculated risk-taking.”

Cool Math 4 Kids—Math Games
Search this collection of math games by grade (K-6) or by topic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions). Try Alien Addition, Integer Warp, Dirt Bike Proportions, Meteor Multiplication, and more!

Cool Math Games
Explore this collection of online games covering numbers, strategy, skill, logic, and more!

CyberChase | PBS Kids
Get involved by watching this animated adventure television series about a team of kids on daring missions in Cyberspace. Then use math skills and a lot of brain power in games and activities related to data, the environment, fractions, measurement, money, patterns, problem solving, shapes, and more.

Free Internet Chess Server
The Free Internet Chess Server, with over 300,000 registered users, is one of the oldest and one of the largest internet chess servers. Whether serious with your chess or just looking for the occasional game, whether looking for another player or eager to challenge a strong computer, whether you like a blitz chess or you are fond of one of the many variants, here you can play chess over the Internet for free.”

Funbrain—Math Zone
Find online learning games across grade levels and subject areas. Play Math Baseball, Measure It, Mathcar Racing, and others!

Grogono Magic Squares
This Magic Square website shows how the abundance of Magic Squares can sometimes be reduced to a few underlying patterns. […] A Magic Square is intriguing; its complexity challenges the mind. For order 4 and above the number of different magic squares is astonishing – and the number remains large even if we limit consideration to Regular Pan-Magic squares. This website presents techniques that reduce the huge numbers to a much smaller number of underlying patterns or Magic Carpets.

Ken Ken | Merriam-Webster
Play this challenging math-based puzzle.

Knowledge Adventure—Math Games
Find educational games that are easy to access by grade (preschool to grade 6), subject (word, reading, spelling, science, math, animals), and age (toddler to age 12), plus arcade games that are just for fun. An index of game titles helps you go back to your favorites with one click. Check out games like Addingtons, Math Man, Math Search, Picture Math, and more!

Learning Games for Kids
“Want educational games that make learning fun for preschoolers up to middle school kids? You’ve come to the right place! […] We’ll be adding new educational games often so make sure to come back and check us out frequently.” Have fun with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division games, as well as games that practice ‘RandoMath’ skills like odds and evens and math vocabulary!”

Logic Games | SuperKids
SuperKids has created a small collection of classic mind-challenging games that focus on spatial reasoning and strategy. They’re fun, they’re addictive, and best of all, they’re free!”

Logic Puzzles | PuzzleMonster
“Eric, our puzzlemonster, writes these original puzzles by hand, every day. For years, he sent them to a super-secret list of puzzleheads. Now, we share his logic puzzles and other puzzles on puzzlemonster.com for you to enjoy! Some are hard to solve; some are easy to solve. All of them are printable puzzles – so you can print and share with friends, kids (middle school kids especially love these!) and even co-workers. Have fun with these unique logic puzzles!”

Math Games.com
Practice math with games like Mathimals, Math Slither, Number Worms, Math Dash Ninjas, Bug Smash, and others. Interactive skills practice and worksheets are also available on this site.

Math Game Time
Discover these fun math games for preschool through middle school ages, sorted by grade level through 7th grade.

Math Goodies–Puzzles
“Our math puzzles hone students’ vocabulary skills the fun way! We have interactive crossword puzzles with three levels of difficulty. Each crossword has a timer and buttons to help you. We also have interactive word search puzzles to keep you engaged. […] Solutions to all puzzles are also provided.”

Math is Fun
“Have fun with puzzles, numbers, strategy, logic, and multiplayer games” like Math Match Game, Billiard (Math) Tables, Breakout Numbers, and others.

Math Mayhem
“Are you ready to put your math skills to the ultimate challenge? Here is your chance to compete head-to-head in our exciting, fast-paced, multi-player arena.” Game play is available for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. “Join us for ‘Mayhem Time’ every day at high noon!”

Math Playground–Games
Play “fun games at Math Playground” for grades K-6. Explore games that help you learn how to add and subtract, multiply and divide, or work with fractions and more. Look for games on shapes and graphs, money and time, or pre-algebra and more.

Mr. Nussbaum Learning + Fun–Math
Try games related to equations, estimation, fractions, geometry and shapes, graphing, mathematicians, patterns, place value, and more!

Peg Solitaire
The Peg solitaire game is a fun wooden puzzle always found on tables at Cracker Barrel restaurants in the U.S. This one-person strategy game really makes you concentrate.

PBS Kids Games
Choose from online single-player and play-together math games, as well as games related to shapes and measurement, and other subjects!

Sheppard Software–Math
Check out this library of online math games focused on early math, basic operations, fractions and decimals, place value, money, time, geometry, integers, and algebra!

Sudoku | Merriam-Webster
Play a new numbers logic puzzle every day.

Sudoku | New York Times
Click here to get Sudoku puzzles that you can customize as easy, medium, or hard.

Toy Theater–Math
Search this collection of elementary math games on topics like counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, graphing, patterns, geometry, place value, and time. Sort by grades from Kindergarten to grade 3.

Vector Kids
“Strengthen basic math and other skills with interactive educational applications. Exercise your brain with a round of timed math flashcards” or play games like Geometric Matching and Math Invaders. Great way to learn the Divisibility Rules, too! “The content is geared to a younger audience but is fun for all ages.”


Other Math Learning Games and Resources for Your Gameschool

…And if those weren’t enough, we have a few more resources to share that can help you make math time more enjoyable for you and your child. Explore these resources when you get a chance!

Amazing Game Room
“Welcome to Amazing Game Room – the best online resource for everything MTG (and some other card games). Here you’ll find a wide range of topics about Magic the Gathering from real players.”

Cryptogram Maker | KidZone
Choose one of our pre-made cryptograms or create your own!

Fun-Schooling Math: For Minecrafters $
By Isaac Joshua Brown (Author), Margarita Brown (Author), Sarah Janisse Brown (Author), Joseph Arrow Brown (Author)
“Help your child to enjoy many aspects of math including Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Fractions, Story Problems, Number Games, Building Challenges, Cube Crafts, and Mazes. This is a math book that will change a child’s attitude about math. It not only includes number games but other activities that help kids to process the math lessons, so they will be able to remember them later.”

Homeschooling Multiplication Games $
By Sarah Janisse Brown (Author)
“The book was created by a mother of children with dyslexia and memory problems – therefore the way this book is organized works very well for children with these challenges. […] Use the blank multiplication tables until the child can fill it out effortlessly, and then return to the book in the future to sharpen the skill. This is an excellent approach for students who are resistant to, or cannot memorize facts, with flashcards. Includes logic and problem solving, creative thinking, art, and other activities as well.”

A Maths Dictionary for Kids plus Maths Charts | Jenny Eather
“A Maths Dictionary for Kids is an online math dictionary for students which explains over 955 common mathematical terms and math words in simple language with definitions, detailed visual examples, and online practice links for some entries. Maths Charts is a collection of over 270 free printable maths posters suitable for interactive whiteboards, classroom displays, math walls, student handouts, homework help, introduction and consolidation of mathematical topics and other math reference needs. These free math posters include definitions and examples covering a wide range of math topics including Numbers, Operations on Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, Percent and Percentages, Ratios and Rates, Beginning Algebra, Data and Statistics, Probability, Geometry, Measurement, Time, Money, Symbols and Notation plus handy Blackline Masters.”

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
“The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF-supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis).” Includes interactive manipulatives for number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability, and covers grades Pre-K to 12.

Quia–Mathematics $
This is a paid subscription that allows you to access shared activities or create your own online versions of popular games like Battleship, Hangman, Jumbled Words, Matching, Concentration, and others.

Time4MathFacts $
“Time4MathFacts uses the power of technology and engaging gameplay to motivate students to move from learning math facts to math fact mastery. What students experience as they play games to practice math facts is an immersive world of fun characters, rewards for improving their recall, and confidence-building feedback showing them their progress.”

Well Played, 6-8: Building Mathematical Thinking Through Number and Algebraic Games and Puzzles $
By Linda Dacey (Author), Karen Gartland (Author), Jayne Bamford Lynch (Author)
Well Played shows you how to make games and puzzles an integral learning component that provides teachers with unique access to student thinking. This third book in the series helps you engage students in grades 6–8 in discussions of mathematical ideas and deepen their conceptual understanding. It also helps you develop students’ fluency with number systems; ratio and proportional relationships; expressions and equations, statistics and probability; and patterns, graphs, and functions.”


 

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