When it comes to math, my children are split. I have two that really enjoy it. And I have two that struggle with it. And my other two haven’t started yet, so the jury is still out on them. However, I learned early on that games were a simple and easy way to get them not only interested in math but learn it with ease too!
Now games don’t guarantee they will learn, but it can help those who dislike school to see that learning can actually be fun. It is a tactic I have used with my second son for years. He loves games and playing strategy games. He loves figuring out to beat the levels and the game. In fact, most of the time he beats them in a week or less. So I knew playing to learn would resonate with him.
Even now, he prefers to play rather than sit and watch a math lesson. So we still play games on occasion to help him understand a concept or work through a math problem. And since we have encouraged him to play while learning, he is now teaching the little ones the same thing. It’s a wonderful cycle!
Why You Should Play Math Games
Math is one of those subjects that not everyone gets right away but is essential to master before you can move on successfully. Just like in reading, you need to know the letters and sounds first; in math, you need to understand the basics first. And games are a great way to master the basics in a fun way.
Types of Math Games
Math games are a great way to get the reluctant student to do math without realizing it. You can have them count the squares on a board game or have them add up the dice as they roll them to move forward. They can practice patterns with teddy bear counters. Give them a problem to solve and allow them to use snap cubes to help them visually see what they are adding and subtracting.
How to Make Your Own Math Games
While there are quite a few math games out there you can buy, you can also make your own at home. Find something that your little one is interested in and figure out a way you can turn it into a math game. Get creative and play games outside that require them to add two numbers together.
Do they like trains? Have them get all their trains out and count them as you line them up on the tracks. Or do a little addition and subtraction as you put more on the track or take them away.
Use Themed Games
Another fun way to incorporate math into your preschooler’s learning is by taking advantage of the holidays and special themes throughout the year. Valentine’s Day is a great day to practice adding up hearts or counting candy. Add this fun printable pack to your holiday activities this year.
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