Math games originated as a fun way of teaching kids, and adults alike, basic maths skills. Over the years, they have developed and, reactive to trends, change in their focus. What remains constant is their effective way of getting a message over, explaining a theory and teaching a lesson.
But what can math games do for you, and how can they help you and your kids learn? Completing math games with your kids is a great way of getting involved in their school work, helping them with their homework and interacting with them. No matter what their age, there are plenty of math games that kids can play.
Math games for younger kids can include ways to make counting fun. Try playing a math game where you count the green cars you see, or the birds in the garden. As they get older, kids can play math games that include times tables and division. There are plenty of resources available on the internet that can be downloaded for free and make learning fun. How about looking up some themed math games worksheets. Try ones that your kids are likely to be interested in, such as football scores, or a trip to the shops.
Math games are still a great way of learning, even as kids hit their teens. There are lots of resources available to get them through their GCSE’s and beyond. It’s hard for many kids this age to have any real enthusiasm for the obligatory GCSE’s but playing maths games with them could help them along. Why not try using one of their text books to test them and going through the answers with them. This way, you are interacting with them whilst they improve their knowledge.
Math games are a great way to learn with your kids, and you never know, you might learn something too!