13+ Ideas for Teaching Elementary Math Using Games

13+ Ideas for teaching elementary math at home using games and play. Fun ideas for kids to learn fundamental math skills at home while playing. Homeschool math ideas using engaging play. Teach fractions, geometry, sums and more with these math-inspired games.

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There are so many ways to turn play into learning opportunities. Toys and games can be hacked into teaching tools and I’m here for it! I’ve found 13 ideas and counting (ha!) for teaching elementary level math at home using games and play.

13+ Ideas for teaching elementary math at home using games and play. Fun ideas for kids to learn fundamental math skills at home while playing. Homeschool math ideas using engaging play. Teach fractions, geometry, sums and more with these math-inspired games.

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Rather than force the kiddos to do page after page of worksheets, I thought some more interactive ideas might be in order. (oh the math puns abound!) I love using everyday items to create a fun learning environment. A. Because then you don’t have to shop around for specialized teaching tools and B. Using items your kids are already familiar with will help them feel like the concepts they’re learning aren’t unattainable.

Young kids learn best through play. (I’m sure I’ve read that somewhere, anyway it sure sounds true!)  So here are the best play-based math lessons and ideas I could find for teaching elementary math at home!

Teaching Elementary Math at Home

1. Math/Nature Scavenger Hunt

Do a science and math class all in one. Plan a fun nature scavenger hunt, looking for specific numbers or colours of items.

Try a nature scavenger hunt for counting and other math skills

2. Driveway Hundred Chart

Another great way to take the lesson outside. Use a hundred chart to practice counting, additions, multiplication etc. There’s a lot of creative ways to use to teach elementary math using a hundred chart.

Driveway hundred chart for outdoor math play

3. Math Card Games

This post has 6 great card game ideas for encouraging math learning. These particular games just use a regular deck of cards, but other card games like Skip-Bo or Uno are also useful for teaching math skills.

Teach math at home with simple card games for kids

4. Multiplication Bingo

This same site has bingo games for addition, subtraction and division practice too. She’s got a ton of free resources!

Multiplication bingo game for single players

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5. Multiplication with Lego

No matter the question, Lego seems to always be the answer. Let them build and learn at the same time!

Learn multiplication skills using lego

6. Math Guess Who

I love this hack for transforming a game of Guess Who into a teaching tool. Players can use equations to guess the number or whatever method is age appropriate. There are loads of other ideas out there too like using geometry shapes instead of numbers or shapes with fractions.

Play fun games with kids to help them learn math skills

7. Adding Ten Lego Game

This is Lego + board game + math all in one.

Play a lego board game to practice addition and subtraction

8. Math Fact Jenga

This game is easily made using dot stickers. Players must correctly answer the equation in order to remove the jenga piece.

Jenga hack for practicing math equations

9. Make Ten Addition Game

This is a great puzzle math game.

Make ten addition game

10. Teaching Fractions with Lego

More Lego math! Lego is fantastic for learning fractions as well as other math skills. And most people with kiddos usually have it on hand. I’m all for using what you’ve already got!

Learning fractions with Lego

11. Math with Dominoes

There are a tons of ways to use dominoes to teach elementary math skills. This post has a whole bundle of useful printables to that end.

Domino activity packet

12. Math with Money

Again, using what you’ve got on hand for the win! Money math will teach valuable (ha!) money life skills too. This post has several ideas for teaching math using money.

Learning math with money games

13. Marshmallow & Toothpick Geometry

There is a whole packet of different geometric shape building cards to build with mini marshmallows and toothpicks. Plus when the project is done, you can eat the marshmallows!

Learning geometry with marshmallows & toothpicks

14. Dice Games

Dice games are a great way to practice quick mental math for little ones. This post has a number of different ideas.

Dice games for Families learning math

Do you have any more ideas for games that can be used to teach elementary math at home? I’d love to hear about them!

 

VINE & LACE

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