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I am looking for all of my kiddos. I need to get some of the redundancy out of our math lessons!


Ds's K and 1st -- I would like the games to be something they can play together with me if possible.



4th grader and 8th grader anything you can recommend would be awesome! Dd 4th is good in math. No issues. Dd 8th is getting there. She had a HUGE math phobia we are still working on overcoming, that is why we are doing Lials BCM this year. So far so good. She is gaining the confidence she needs and doesn't dread math anymore! She should be done with this and move onto VideoText algebra something late winter/early spring. So anything pre-algebra to Algebra 1 for her would be awesome if anything exists!! (free online is the best ofcourse but any recommendations would be awesome!!)




TIA! :001_smile:

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For your younger kids-

Sum Swamp

Money Bags

war and addition war


for your older kids, how about any of the 24 games? You can make your own or buy them (lots of different levels), or play this version online http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/make24/make24.htm,

or some online games from this site- http://www.mathplayground.com/games.html


Also, yahtzee is fun for all ages.

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Sum Swamp

Money Bags

Zeus on the Loose





math facts bingo. You can make this a simple (2+3) or complicated as you like the numbers are on your board, and the equations are on the cards you draw. We draw and either play or discard one at a time.


Math facts Go Fish ("Do you have an equation adding up to (or equaling) 7?"


Math facts War

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Most are board games; some are card games that come as a specialized deck. Card games played with a regular deck of cards marked with *.




- War* (see rules at: http://www.pagat.com/war/war.html)

- Concentration* = see rules at: http://www.pagat.com/misc/pelmanism.html

(make own deck from index cards = 1 math fact per card / match with 1 answer per card)



- Sorry



- Racko; Uno

- Crazy Eights* = see rules at: http://www.pagat.com/eights/crazy8s.html



- Dino Math Tracks



- Yatzhee

- Triple Yatzhee

- Sequence Dice

- Muggins: Knock-Out

- Mille Bourne

- Fill or Bust

- Snap It Up: Adding



- Free Parking

- Advance to Boardwalk

- 1-2-3-Oy!

- Snap It Up: Adding & Subtracting

- "98"* or "99"* or "100"* = see rules at: http://www.pagat.com/adders/98.html



- Monopoly

- Pay Day

- Go For Broke

- Life

- Careers

- Presto-Chango

- Snap It Up: Money



- Shut the Box

- Dominoes

- Rummikub

- Backgammon

- Cribbage

- "Pig"* = see rules at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_(dice)



- Roll N Multiply

- Snap It Up: Multiplying



- Equate (like Scrabble with numbers, use all 4 math operations to score highest)

- Muggins Math Game (use all 4 math operations to equal a target number)

- Equalz (use all 4 math operations to equal a target number)



Educational Learning Games is a website which sells lots of educational board and card cames; they have a lot of math-oriented games. See them at:


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One of my recent favorites for older kids is Phase 10 dice. They have to use both addition and multiplication, and they get a lot of practice making 10's for quick addition.


Farkle is another great game for adding. (Also called 10,000 sometimes--google "Farkle" for rules)


Math War was a favorite in the younger years--you can play addition war or multiplication war. Same rules as the card game war except turn up 2 cards and find the sum or product--highest total takes all the cards.


Have fun! Merry :-)

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Card games are cheap and effective.


Pinochle, Gin Rummy, Smear, Poker, or any other card games where score keeping and/or card counting is involved. You are working on algebra, probability, and a host of other math skills.


My husband majored in Chemical engineering with a minor (almost a major) in math. I attribute at least part of his math smarts to his growing up on a farm and playing card games with his parents and sister from the time he was able to count. He actually has quite a few generations of engineers in his family, and at family functions they all play cards.

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