We love math in our home, and I honestly put it down to the fact that we have always played math board games as part of our core curriculum.
I have heard from a number of parents that tell me that math is the hardest subject to teach. The way children are taught math is completely different, certainly from when I attended, so I really understand the challenges. Gameschooling is the answer!
It is amazing how quickly the kids pick things up when they are having fun! If you need some help with math see how to make math fun for middle school.
I have put together a huge list of all of the math board games we have played over the years and continue to play now we are in middle school grades.
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I have listed the top 20 math board games below. Please let me know in the comments if I have missed your favorite though and I will add it to the list.
What are the Benefits of Playing Math Board Games?
Learning through play is so important for kids, no matter how old they are. I find that even with math (our favorite subject to learn and teach) that concepts fall into place more easily when they are not forced.
Board games are a great way for students to explore mathematics.
They give them opportunities in exploring fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence and one-to-one correspondence with computation strategies that can be used when solving problems on an equation or worksheet!
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Board Games for Math
These are the absolute best math board games that we have played. On the rare occasion, we haven’t played one of these games, they have come highly recommended.
I have sorted the list in age order, not in preference. Mainly as all of these games have been favorites through the years.
Count Your Chickens
Count your chickens What’s better than a bunch of cute little chicken chicks?
Mother Hen is back and needed your help! Kids learn counting and how to take turns in this fun math board game. Perfect for kids 3+.
Shelbys Snack Shack
Shelbys Snack Shack This math game for preschoolers is perfect because it helps them learn numbers and counting while having fun.
Help Shelby collect all of her bones, spin the spinner and try to collect the most bones.
Sum Swamp Board Game is a fun way to practice math, encourage basic drills through fun gameplay.
Develop fluency in early math skills, perfect for ages 5+ for 2-4 players.
Sums in Space
Sums in Space is a fun and educational math game that can be played by up to four people. It’s perfect for practicing single digit addition/subtraction skills, which are important in grade one!
The different levels of difficulty ensure that you’ll never get bored with this awesome math board game. Ideal for ages 5+.
Mathemagical World is an addition & subtraction math board game for kids ages 5+.
We have not played this as we only found out about it recently and Freddie is too old. But the 5-star reviews look amazing, it definitely looks like a really fun math game.
MOBI numerical tile game. The game of numbers is back! This time, instead of letters and words it’s all about math. You’ll need to use your blue numbered tiles fast if you want any chance at winning because the first person who uses up theirs wins.
There are tons of variations – one where multiplication has been removed from gameplay; another that requires only addition or subtraction skills so it is perfect for kids of all ages. Great for ages 6+, and can be played as a one player game.
Pizza Fraction Fun
Pizza Fraction Fun – Math can be both fun and delicious! I’ve found a way to make math interesting for my kids, the Pizza Fraction Game.
As you may have guessed from its name, it uses pizza pieces that look realistic which helps children learn how to identify fractions as well as adding or subtracting with them too. Ideal for ages 6+
Smath if you love scrabble you will love this math game.
Race to Infinity
Race to Infinity discover the wonders of numbers, and also improve important life skills, such as critical thinking, spatial skills, and decision-making. Ages 6+.
Learning Resources 120 Number Board. We loved learning resources in our homeschool when Freddie was younger, the quality of their educational toys is excellent.
This number board is a great way for the kids to spot number patterns, have great number recognition.
Can be enjoyed on their own or in groups. Suitable for ages 6+
Head Full of Numbers
Head Full of Numbers is a dice game that reminds me of Boggle (the word game). Aimed at kids 7+.
Yahtzee – A really great dice game for 1 or more players, ages over 8. This is often a game we will take on holiday as it comes in a small box and is lots of fun.
Clumsy Thief Money Game
Clumsy Thief Money Game The best way for kids to learn about math is by playing games with it. Cards are constantly changing hands, so you never know what card your opponent will get!
It’s all in good fun as players develop confidence and strong numbers skills while having a blast at the same time. Perfect for kids 8+
You are also going to enjoy our favorite board games about money too.
Monopoly is a family favorite, if you are anything like us you will probably have at least two versions of this in your home. In fact, I am now tempted with a 3rd version, as they have a Friends set! But it is a great math game for the whole family to enjoy, perfect for ages 8+.
Rummikub is the best math board game for kids. This classic numbers game is not just about addition and subtraction, but also strategy.
The player tries to get rid of 14 tiles first by creating runs (ex: 1 2 3) or groups (such as 4’s in the same color). This is the highest-rated math board game we have come across, and we know why. Ideal for players 8+.
Adsumudi is a fun math game for kids aged 8-12 to practice multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.
This game has three levels from easy through to hard which is perfect if you are playing with multiple ages.
Blobby’s Pizza Math Card Game
Blobby’s Pizza Math Card Game is a great math board game to play while having a strategic pizza eating contest between cute monsters!
Use fractions, decimals and percentages as they eat their way to victory. Aimed at kids 9+.
Proof! a fast-paced mental math game. Teachers’ Choice Award-Winning Educational Game, Ages 9+.
Prime Climb is a mathematical board game designed for 2 to 4 players. Roll the dice and add, subtract, multiply and divide your way to the center of the board. Picking up Prime cards and bumping your opponents back to start as you go.
The first to land both pawns on 101 wins the game! Everyone can learn to multiply and divide using Prime Climb’s unique color-coding.
Inspire deeper mathematical understanding while mastering arithmetic. Prime Climb can be used as an aid for home educators to teach and reinforce KS2 and KS3 maths content.
Simple enough for kids (ages 10 and up), and dynamic enough for professional mathematicians.
Last Updated on 25 January 2023 by homeschoolof1