Games are fun, and math should be too!

We love games. We play a lot of them. And having several laptops in the house, our gaming life has taken on a whole new level of interactivity! Still, there’s nothing quite like bringing out a board game, organizing the pieces, counting the money….sounds like a math adventure to me!

Out-rolling MathMum every time, the lucky monkey!

We have found the following traditional board games to be absolutely excellent for learning and reinforcing math concepts with Scarlet. She’ll squirm through a worksheet, but doesn’t bat an eyelash at counting everyone’s stash in Monopoly. In fact, she’s recently taken on the role of the banker. A future commerce grad? Maybe once the breakdancing phase is over…..

Our favourite math enhancing board games:

- Game of Life (money, number sense)

- Monopoly (money, multiplication, calculating)

- Mastermind (combinations, logic, probability)

- Scrabble (adding up word values – great for literacy too! Try it with math words!)

- RISK (counting troops, rolling dice, probability, substitution)

A quick informal poll on Twitter also resulted in suggestions for High Ho the Cherry Oh, Cariboo, Chutes and Ladders, and Sorry. Which means I’d better head to my local toy store soon…..

Strategically kicking MathDad's butt.

And I’d be remiss in not mentioning the online games that Scarlet enjoys as well. Her digital literacy has expanded in leaps and bounds over the last year, and it’s a joy to watch her build these skills as well as honing her math understanding. Here are her current faves:

Online Games for Math Mastery

- Arcademic Skill Builders – division, grandprix mulitplication, meteor multiplication, Penguin Jump multiplication, Tug Team Tractors multiplication)

So yes, math can be all fun and games!

What are your favourites?