Educational games that help teach math

educational games for homeschool

Sometimes you just need a few old-fashioned card games or board games to “edutain” your children … and what better way to help them apply key math skills like addition and subtraction?

Here’s a quick list of educational games that area homeschoolers have found helpful for wintry days (and instilling mathematics along the way):

  • Farkle.

A classic to delight the whole family, all you’ll need are six dice and some way to record the number of points you’ll accrue.

  • Ninety-nine.

All players receive three tokens and must keep their total below ninety-nine points, or else lose a token. A handy summary of rules and guidelines can be found here. The last player with a token remaining wins!

  • Math War. 

From addition and subtraction to multiplication and division, children can spend hours pitting their skills against each other to see who gets the highest number of correct answers.

  • Fast and Fun Number Crunch’n. 

Players either add or subtract 1, 2, or 3 to the number on the top card on the pile to see whether they have a card that can be played next. Because everyone is playing at the same time, the options are always changing. The first player to run out of cards wins.

  • Hi Ho! Cherry-O.

A counting game for preschoolers, children take turns spinning the arrow to pick pretend cherries, blueberries, apples and oranges and fill their baskets. Whoever is the first to have 10 fruits in their basket wins!

  • Sum Swamp.

Children race one another to journey out of the Sum Swamp by adding and subtracting numbers on the dice. Special squares such as Even or Odds heighten the play experience, and this game can grow in intricacy as your children develop their math skills.

  • Other classics.

As always, don’t forget to add to your repertoire other classics such as Chutes and Ladders, Uno, Yahtzee and hopscotch.

Counting real money can also be a game of its own, too. Just stuff a jar with loose change and get your children to find out how much cash really is in there. (It can help mom keep track, too!)

What other educational games have you found helpful? Let us know in the comments!

2 Comments

  1. Mary Gibson
      January 22, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    And lest we forget Spelling and Vocabulary, you cannot beat Scrabble for teaching both!

  2. Heather Ventura
      January 24, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    We love games at our house. Some of our math favorites are Sleeping Queens, Mythmatical Battles, Blokus, Prime Climb, and Architecto. We also like pattern blocks and cards and Pentominoes.

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