With school starting back up, it’s important to ensure your child is ready for his or her classes, especially mathematics. A strong understanding of math is one of the most critical learning tools in your child’s education. You can create a positive approach to math by exploring it with your child through every day occurrences such as noting symmetry in leaves or patterns in flowers as you walk down the street. For more interactive play, consider these games that make math fun:

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**What Are My Chances? Understanding Probability**

Probability is an essential aspect in many areas of math. By playing games that involve chance, you can help your child learn about the fundamental laws of probability. With the game “What Are My Chances?” you’ll need two coins, paper, and a pen or pencil to keep score. This game is perfect for children in grades K-5.

- Flip the first coin. Each time the coin shows tails, your child gains a point. Each time it shows heads, you gain a point. Tally these points on the paper. Continue flipping for 50 times. The winner is the person with the most points. If, at the end of the game, there’s a person with 10 points more than the other, they’ll get an extra 10 points. Discuss with your child if this happens often, and ask them why not.
- The next round, flip both coins. Your child gains a point if the coins either come up with two heads or two tails. You’ll gain a point whenever the coins are mixed face. Continue again for 50 flips and discuss. Is the game fair? Why or why not?

**Guess If You Can! Understanding the Meaning of Numbers**

This game works for children in grades K-5, and helps develop an understanding of number characteristics and their meanings.

Ask your child to think of a number between 1 and 100. Once they’ve selected a number, you’ll try to guess that number by asking a series of questions about its characteristics such as:

- You: Is it more than 50?
- Child: Yes.
- You: Is it an odd number?
- Child: Yes:
- You: Is it more than 70 but less than 90?
- Child: No.
- …and so forth until you guess the number.

At the end of the game, switch turns, pick a number, and let your child guess by asking *you* a series of questions.

**What Are the Coins? Understanding Patterns and Money**

Understanding patterns and unknown variables is a critical aspect of algebra, and using money as a learning tool can jumpstart your child’s skills for the real world. This game is ideal for children in grades 2-5 and will require a mix of hidden coins.

You’ll begin by asking your child a series of questions in order to determine what and how many coins you have. For instance:

- I have three coins in my wallet. They equal 16 cents. What are they? (a penny, nickel, and dime).
- After you run through a mix of questions, switch roles and let your child ask you the questions.

**Brainie: An Online Game Testing Core Math Skills and Algebraic Thinking**

Strapped for time? Having your kids visit an online site like FreeKI Games will help them develop and grow their math skills with a fun and easy game. Brainie is designed with multiple levels like Tetris, and works for children grades 1-6. Kids choose numbers, or processes like addition to get rid of blocks in order to score points.

Playing these games at home is a cool way to grow your child’s math skills, all while having fun!

Racquel says

My kiddos are math geeks just like me! I say that lovingly of course. I love these ideas!

Tonia says

Math is one of those subjects that I had to work on. It’s great to get kids started early and help them say ahead.

lisa says

My son loves Math! These will be great for us to do at home to carry over the learning fun!

Rosey says

Learning the basics of probability will be very useful to getting off to a good start in higher grade math. I like the guess number game too, though we’d have to write the number down. I have a little one who tends to change things if you guess them right. 😉

Cam | Bibs and Baubles says

These are some fun game ideas. My son is just getting into math (he’s 4).

Christie says

We do games with coins all the time. That’s how my son earns his money for chores 🙂

Christie says

We love using coins to teach. My son earns them when he does his chores 🙂

Chrysa says

Love your fun math games. Sometimes the best way to learn math is by playing games for the young ones. Thanks for sharing.

Ann Bacciaglia says

These are great math games. My dad used to play games with us when we were growing up. Spelling games were our favorite because he would say spell this word and you can have all the change in my pocket. It certainly paid well.

Catherine S says

What great games to help kids learn math. I know my son always struggled with math when he was younger.

brett says

my three kids LOVE math related anything. my kindergartener was most excited for kindergarten because she would learn more math!

Krystal says

I will have to pin this to reference later! Right now we are working on colors and numbers.

Kendra says

These are great ideas for on the go. I like that they don’t need too much to help you get in extra math practice. I’ll be looking for at the site.

Felicia says

These are such great ideas for kids. I love making learning fit into every day life.

April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition says

These are all great games to help learn and understand math. It’s much easier to relate it to a practical use instead of just as a concept.

Chrystal @ YUM eating says

Kiddo struggled a bit with math last year. We are hoping this year goes a little better for her.

Jaime says

My toddler loves counting. These are great games to get him into the world of adding and subtracting!

Tracey says

These are great games to help kids struggling with math. It’s nice to try and make it fun for them.

Kecia says

It’s easy to use common items to teach math at home. Turning it into a game always makes learning more enjoyable. I’m going to use these ideas as I homeschool my preschooler!

Shell says

What great math games to get kids thinking. My boys all love math.

Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

My 7 year old struggles in math. These games would really help drive the lessons home!