Ready for learning fun? Enjoy these cool hands-on math games for kids. Great for younger and older students, fitting all grade levels and areas of math.
Want to help your children or students love math? Ditch the worksheets for a while and play some fun math games instead. Kids of all ages can benefit from gamifying math concepts. Games help kids with strategic thinking and problem-solving. Not only that, but hands-on math games that allow kids to explore number concepts and combinations with manipulatives help them establish a deeper understanding of numbers and operations.
What are some Fun Math Games for Kids?
Kids’ games are just fun. Math games are a break in curriculum and instruction and allow kids to play without even realizing they learning. Often the hands-on math activity creates a deeper understanding of a math concept before transitioning to a new math unit.
A few fun math games to introduce into the classroom or even a family game night include…
- ABC Mouse
- Crazy Fractions
- Fraction War
- Nicecho Shut The Box Dice Game
These games are fun, but did you know you can make your own homemade math games? Additionally, online math games are fun, they add additional screen time which is not always desirable in the classroom. Let’s get the kids off an electronic device and back into hands-on learning with printable mathematics board games and puzzles.
A quick game is great for kinetic and visual learners in any grade level. If you want to motivate your young learner, try one of the free math games below. Many are easily adaptable to a single player or small group, so they’re perfect for home and in the classroom. You can even use them as indoor recess rainy day activities for many grade levels.
Take a look at these super fun DIY Math Games for Kids – preschool or middle school. Let the fun begin.
Math Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Begin teaching important math concepts early. Toddlers and preschoolers are the perfect age for fun and motivating math games to help them explore number concepts. Pick one or two of the games below to begin practicing today!
Play a few rounds of Number Bingo to help your toddler or preschooler practice number recognition. Kids of all ages can play math games bingo, so it’s a fun way for older kids to help their younger siblings practice their math skills. The calling cards have the number and the word version to help kids associate the two concepts. | Artsy Fartsy Mama
Here’s an apple-themed math game that’s perfect for the start of the preschool year. Each number has six cards with a different way of counting on each card — fingers, apple seeds, the word spelled out, dots, etc. | A Dab of Glue Will Do
Preschool parents definitely know who Pete the Cat is. This fun math game is based on his Four Groovy Buttons! You can play this in several ways. The first is to roll the dice and add that number of buttons to the felt shirt. The second is to start with 10 buttons and subtract the number you roll. What a fun way to work on addition and subtraction and can be adapted into multiplayer games for a larger gorup! | Buggy and Buddy
Springtime is the season of flowers, and this game is sure to get kids excited for all the beautiful blooms they see. You can play the game with real or fake flowers, but the artificial flowers have sturdier stems that will stick in the playdough better. Roll the dice, and add that number of flowers to the pot. Easy peasy. You can practice subtracting, too. | Fun-a-Day
You’ll be very “hoppy” with this math game that helps kids learn how to count to 10 and practice addition. It’s perfect for preschoolers who are obsessed with amphibians or can be used in kindergarten, 1st grade and even 2nd grade as a an indoor recess game. | Homeschool Preschool
Go fish with this printable math game featuring colorful fish. Clip a paperclip to each paper fish, and use a magnet on a string attached to a stick or dowel to fish for numbers. This cool math tiny fishing game is perfect for number recognition. You can also create an outdoor fishing game with foam fish and a water table! | Buggy and Buddy
Learning shapes is an important early math skill. This game helps kids recognize shapes in everyday objects — a wheel is a circle, a slice of pizza is a triangle, a book is a rectangle. | A Dab of Glue Will Do
Who says you can’t play with your food? Moms are okay with it if you’re learning math skills! This fun game helps kids learn addition and one-to-one correspondence by using their snacks as math manipulatives. | Artsy Fartsy Mama
Dice, Froot Loops, and this cute rainbow craft are all you need for a few minutes of rainbow math fun. Roll the number, add that number of cereal pieces to the color strip (match the colors), and keep rolling until all the strips have pieces on them. | Housing a Forest
Graphing is a great skill for little ones to learn, and it’s easy with this apple race game! Spin the paperclip, and graph the color it lands on by adding that color pom-pom to the apple graph. Easy as apple pie! | Playdough to Plato
Little astronauts will love this Moon Math printable to practice number matching! The glass gems add to the lunar theme, but you can use any circular markers you’d like. | Stir the Wonder
For another roll-and-cover game for your preschooler, try this monster-themed game. While it’s perfect for Halloween, it’s cute enough to use anytime during the year. | Fun Learning for Kids
Math Games for Older Kids
The games don’t have to stop after those early years. Older children, too, can benefit from engaging math games that help spark creative thinking and improve problem-solving skills.
First, a deck of cards can solve a lot of math problems. Go back to the classic with these Standard Deck Card Games from us (at Frugal Coupon Living) – lots of cool math games you can play with 52 playing cards.
You can start this Money Smarts game with younger children, but past preschool age, it’s especially important to teach them about responsible spending, saving, and giving. Grab your coins nad dollars and play this money smart game with printable math game board. | Left Brain Craft Brain
Grab your sidewalk chalk and head outside to make this engaging math game that exercises your body as well as your mind. This is easily adaptable for all ages. For toddlers, practice number recognition. Early elementary kids can practice their addition and subtraction skills. Older children can practice multiplying and dividing. | Look, We’re Learning
Put your Uno cards to good use with this math facts game using colorful cards. Try it with addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. | Childhood 101
Take a classic game and turn it into fun addition games for kids. If your family likes Go Fish, then Tens Go Fish will be a cinch for everyone to play! The goal is to get pairs of cards that add up to the sum of 10. | What Do We Do All Day
Play a game of leapfrog to improve addition or multiplication skills. This game is twice the fun because first, you’ll make origami frogs together before learning to make them “jump” to get to the lily pad numbers. | Teach Beside Me
Practice geometry concepts with homemade dice made out of tissue boxes and duct tape. You can make this simple for little ones (like shape identification) or more complex for older children with questions that quiz them on things like right angles. Adapt the game for children in 3rd grade to 6th grade. | Look, We’re Learning
Do your 5th grade kids have a new skill? Turn into a fun game. Fractions and decimals can be challenging for some learners, but it’s easier to grasp when you make them fun. This fractions-to-decimals game is a great way to do just that. In this printable math board game, using dice to determine the number of spaces you go, the older kids will move around the gameboard, solving problems as they go. When children are first learning this process, you can use decimal grids or even calculators in the game to help them familiarize themselves with the equivalent numbers. This equivalent fractions game is also great for 4th grade or 6th grade.| Math Geek Mama
This Base Ten Math Game is helpful kids ages 2 through 8, but it’s especially useful after kindergarten when kids start learning the concept of base 10 numbers. Plus, it’s a handy way to get more use out of those pool noodles in the garage. You’ll need two colors: one color will be used for all the 10s while another color will be used for the ones (this pool noodle will need to be cut into 10 equal segments). Use them to practice numbers 1 through 100. | The Educators’ Spin On It
Work on multiplication math facts with a basketball-themed shoot and score game. You’ll match the problems to the products to help reinforce times tables. It’s definitely a lot more fun than doing multiplication worksheets. | Look, We’re Learning
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Who can play these Math Games?
These math games range from younger kids to older kids but each can be adapted to your child.
These math activities include
Preschool Math Games
Kindergarten Math Games
1st Grade Math Games
2nd Grade Math Games
3rd Grade Math Games
4th Grade Math Games
5th Grade Math Games
6th Grade Math Games
They likely stop in early middle school but you can try these with any grade level. Adapt games as needed or pair young kids with old kits as buddies or partners.
More DIY Game Printables for Kids
There are plenty of other homemade games for kids you can print. Hands-on games are perfect for kids of all ages as they give a sense of accomplishment with the DIY part of the game. Plus it’s like having your very own board game that wasn’t purchased at a store. Take a look at these additional printable games for kids you can put together yourself.
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