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Everyday Games Which Help Develop a Child's Math Skills

Math games

Parents and grandparents spend hundreds of dollars per month, trying to buy materials that will help develop their grandchildren's math skills, ensuring they succeed in school. They scour the markets for the best products, hire tutors and keep their children with noses stuck in books full of redundant math problems.

What if they were told that a simple game, that simple behavior and subtle questions within one's everyday routine are more than enough to get the brain working and math skills developing? We know that reading to our children from the day they are born helps develop language and reading skills. Would it not make sense that simple number games would do the same for the math and counting?

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We've already mentioned how playing with building blocks builds up math and spatial skills.

What are some other games you can play in the comfort of your home?

  • Draw up, print out or buy a snakes and ladders game. It's simple, can be played with pennies and would cost you nothing. It would even be fun to make one together with the child!
  • Pick up a few packs of cards or make your own. It would be fun to have the children do this on their own, sequencing and counting as they go along. Later on, you can create all sorts of counting games, whether you are playing a modified version of blackjack or poker, Go Fish, Uno or many other card games
  • Try out some free math games online
  • Parents should check out the free math games placed on Teachers Pay Teachers to print out and play at home
  • Give your child a newspaper or magazine and have him or her look for numbers up to a certain cap and cut them up before sequencing them according to what you want to be teaching. These include from 1-50 without change, only odds, only evens, adding 3 or subtracting 5.
  • Create estimation games out of household objects. Have your little one compare size, width, height, etc., using fruits, vegetables, bottle of water and glasses of juice.
  • Take your child grocery shopping, having them help you count costs so you do not exceed a certain budget.
  • Use license plates to practice counting, telling largest and smallest digits, sequencing in different ways, etc.
  • Keep asking time-related questions. Ensure you have introduced the clock and how time is told, reinforcing their knowledge with asking real life questions. It could be anything from time child has to play a game between extracurricular activities to counting hours and associating with daily routines.

Here is a great resource for activities to improve math skills

What are some math games you play with your children?