Working with numbers can take up a lot of brain space. If your child sometimes struggles to find the motivation for maths, then this guide is for you. At Edu Prints Plus, we try to make learning fun, so we’ve compiled our favourite maths games for children to provide some light relief from all that number crunching. And the best thing about these maths games is that they don’t require a computer.
This game is great for improving a child’s mental maths as it really gets them thinking on their feet. Start by deciding what multiples to count in, e.g., 2’s, 7’s, 10’s etc. depending on your child’s ability. You can also decide whether to count forwards or backwards.
The first person begins by saying the first number, e.g. ‘2’, then the second person continues the pattern with the next number, e.g. ‘4’ and so on. With smaller numbers, the challenge could be to reach 100, and with larger numbers, the goal could be to keep playing until someone says an incorrect number.
This game can be played with any number of players.
Roll the Dice
This is a quickfire game that really tests your child’s mental maths ability. You’ll need at least two dice – the more you use, the more challenging the game.
Roll the dice and ask your child to add up all the numbers in their head as quickly as they can. The game gets really interesting if you have two or more players to join in, then it becomes a race to see who can shout the answer the quickest.
For older children, you can roll more dice or ask them to subtract or multiply the numbers.
Post-it Note Challenge
This game is a bit like the ‘Who Am I’ game that you may already be familiar with. Start by deciding what numbers you’ll play with, e.g. those between 1 and 10, or those between 1 and 100. Choose a number and write it on a post-it note then stick it to the other person’s head.
They then need to ask you questions to help them guess the number. They can ask things like ‘is the number odd or even?’ Does it start with a 3? Is it higher or lower than 13? (although you may want to put a limit on higher and lower questions).
Once your child thinks they know the answer, they can say the number they’d like to guess. However, they can only have one guess and if it’s wrong, it’s the other person’s turn. If they guess correctly, they get to keep the post-it note. The winner is the player with the most correct guesses and the most post-it notes at the end.
This is a simple card game that’s great for sharpening up your child’s maths skills. Start by shuffling a deck of cards and then dealing to each player until everyone has 3 cards each. Make sure you decide beforehand whether an Ace counts as 1 or 11.
Each player has to add up their cards and the winner of the round is the one with the highest number – they then gain a point. Keep the game going and play until someone reaches five points and can be declared the overall winner.
For older children, you can increase the number of cards you deal, or you can ask them to subtract or multiply each card in the order that they appear in the fan.
If you’re a fan of the TV show Countdown, you’ll love playing this maths game with your child. All you need is some sheets of card, a pencil and paper and an egg timer or stopwatch. This game usually works best when there are two or more players.
Start by writing the numbers 1 to 10 on the sheets of card – use one card per number. Shuffle the cards so their order is mixed up.
Then, choose a large number as the target – how big the number is will depend on the ability of the players. Remember, the number doesn’t need to be rounded up, it can be odd too, e.g. 53.
If the number you choose is in double digits, turn over four cards from the deck and ask your child to see how close they can get to the target number by adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing the 4 numbers on the card. They don’t necessarily need to use all the numbers. The winner is the one who gets closest to the target number and can demonstrate their working.
For older children, you can choose a higher number and turn over up to 6 cards so they have more numbers to work with.
If you’re looking to mix up your child’s maths learning, take a look at our range of times table posters. They’re ideal for helping young children develop their mental maths skills. All of our prints are made from high-quality 350 gsm art card and have a soft velvet finish. Each one also has added surface protection too.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your child’s numeracy, you’ll find our posters a great addition to their learning. All of our prints use bright, bold colours and easy-to-read fonts.
Here are two of our favourite times table prints below: