Cool math usually involves some interactive piece, math games, and a challenge for kids. All students everywhere love when they can mix learning and fun.
Practicing various number skills can be done with free online web-based applications. Or having a printed math activity that is based off familiar games, such as chess and checkers, can really enhance student educational concepts.
True story: My 2 children are polar opposites in every sense. When it comes to math, even more obvious. My daughter loathes math and always struggled in school when it came to mastering math concepts of any type.
My son loves math. His eyes light up when anything math-related is mentioned. In fact, he asks us to play “24” with him on a regular basis.
I really think the difference is that my son was encouraged to play math games by his teachers – she made it “cool.” My daughter did not have the same classroom experience and thought of mathematical concepts as a chore, rather than a puzzle to play.
Making math “cool” for your students definitely can make a difference in how a student relates to it all throughout his or her life.
Let’s stick with “cool” math as much as possible.
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How do you play online games for math?
There are lots of highly recommended apps and online games to run for kids. Of course, before choosing your favorites for the classroom, you’ll want to make sure they are unblocked by your school server filters.
- Figure This from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- Count On – This looks like some really fun games, but there is a LOT of text reading on the pages, so perhaps use it with older students.
- Khan Academy
- Hands On Math – While this is mainly a teacher blog, this blogger has some amazing lessons using games that many students already love (such as Minecraft or football)
- APlus Math – MATHO is one of my faves!
- Internet4Classrooms – sooooo many different online games and they are broken down by grade level and skills too!
- Mr. Nussbaum
- Virtual Manipulatives – choose from lots of different game boards and have students use the virtual pieces to play the game right online. No cleanup required!
What are some cool math games for kids?
Need even more cool math options for your daily lesson plans? Complete with questions (and answers when applicable), our Classroom Freebies authors have you covered!
Easy Prep First Grade Math Games: Addition and Subtraction game boards with a fun summer theme!
Easy Prep Math Games for Kindergarten: Any game that uses dice is usually a win for students. They relate dice with fun times. That’s a good thing when you are sneaking in learning too.
Shark Week Math Games: Come on – who doesn’t love shark week? Engage kids even more with these math themed games.
Math Games with Dominoes: Love, love, love!
Math Games: Greater than, Less Than comparing equations. Super fun!
Two Math Games: Sums strategy game and a golfing bingo par game are sure to be a hit with your students.
Hundreds Chart Math Games!: There are so many ways to use a hundreds chart for games. Check out this fun packet of five different options.
Smart Board Math Games: Having interactive white board games is a wonderful way to get the whole classroom involved at once.
Math Games and Practice: 16 page packet filled with great math practice options. You could even use the handouts to have students “race” in partner groups or compete for the title of math champions of the day for those who had the most correct.
Practice Subtraction and Logic with Diffy: Love that this game can be used for any grade level and is just right for whole numbers, negative numbers, fractions, and money. Multi-use resources are the best!
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Time to Get Those Math Brains in Gear!: Learning how to solve more complex expressions just got a lot more interesting with this idea.
Second Grade Addition Game for Spring: An interactive dice game that grade two teachers will use over and over again.
Gomoku: A series of five in a row games: Gomoku is a series of math games where students roll two dice, perform a specific operation and choose a square with the answer.
Having Fun with Fact Families!: Have students “play house” with these fun fact family foldables.
Free Math Centers for Grades 3-5: Incorporate students’ interest in sports and soccer with this game perfect for your center rotations with intermediate children.
Practice Multiplication Facts with Multiplication Bingo: Bingo is always a classroom hit and the perfect activity for a fun Friday reward party!
Free comparing decimals game: Older students working on decimals want fun math resources too. This freebie will meet that need for sure.
Math Operations Game: “Spin and Say!”: Game boards available for all operations which is helpful for most all teachers!
POP! Up Some Addition Facts!: Seriously, how cute is this?
Building Number Sense Freebie!: Anything that mentions an Operation Word Sort with math vocabulary sounds like a fun activity to me.
Fraction Spinner Freebie: Anything that spins is sure to be a hit with students. Grab a paper clip and let the learning commence!
What are some of your favorite cool math games both online and offline? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments below too!
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