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.
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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
Do a science and math class all in one. Plan a fun nature scavenger hunt, looking for specific numbers or colours of items.
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.
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.
This same site has bingo games for addition, subtraction and division practice too. She’s got a ton of free resources!
No matter the question, Lego seems to always be the answer. Let them build and learn at the same time!
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.
This is Lego + board game + math all in one.
This game is easily made using dot stickers. Players must correctly answer the equation in order to remove the jenga piece.
This is a great puzzle math game.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Dice games are a great way to practice quick mental math for little ones. This post has a number of different ideas.
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!