For many children, math is neither fun
nor easy. Many children find it difficult and uninteresting
and unfortunately this attitude can lead to less chance of
success and further distress. But changing a negative
attitude towards math into a positive one can be as easy as
making math more fun with some fun math activities.
One of the best ways to do this is with the use of math
games. Fun math games can be used in all areas of math and
they are a great way introduce math concepts and to practice
basic math skills.
If you choose the right math games they won't be complex to
play or to learn, or time consuming. There are many simple,
quick math games that can be played with little or no
equipment.
Many math games can easily be adapted for the classroom or
for use at home. Some of these games can be used to teach or
practice different math concepts and can be used with
different ability levels. The following is an example of a
fun math game that can be adapted for different skills and
levels.
This math game is very simple to play but requires skills in
different areas. Students must have a concept of number
order and place value to give the answer higher or lower and
to provide guesses that are appropriate for the clues given.
Higher or Lower
To begin select the upper and lower number limits, e.g.
between 10 and 100.
One player selects a number and records it on a piece of
paper.
The other player/s guesses what they think the number might
be. For each guess the first player tells if the chosen
number is higher or lower. Play continues until the number
is guessed.
Variations of Higher or Lower Math Game
This game can also be played in more advanced varieties to
develop skills in ordering larger numbers, decimals or
fractions. See the examples of more advanced games below.
- 3 digit number between 300 and 600 (e.g. 345)
- 4 digit number between 2000 and 4000 (e.g. 3027)
- number with 1 decimal place between 6 and 9 (e.g. 7.3)
- number with 2 decimal places between 4 and 5 (4.87)
- fraction with single digit numerator and denominator,
between 0 and 1 (e.g. 4/5)
This fun math activity can be played with two people so it
is easy for a parent to challenge a child or it can be
played by a whole class. In the classroom, the teacher can
select the number and challenge students to guess it or a
student can select a number between the given limits.
The game can be played with each guess being recorded and H
or L written beside each guess. A more advanced version is
to play orally which requires players to remember the
previous guesses and answers.
So if you really want to make math fun for children, math
games is the answer. The games don't need to be complex and
often you don't need any special equipment.
Choose games that are simple to play and have simple rules
but most importantly choose math games that are challenging
and fun. For more fun with math why not try using a variety
of games including math board games, card games and pencil
and paper games.
I know that you are
interested in making math fun and easy for the children in your
life so -
Here are some other
resources that you may be interested in -
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Secret Code Math
Kids love playing
with codes and now they practicing basic math skills is as much
fun as solving secret codes.
Kids will be
motivated to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division, basic facts, comparing numbers and rounding off
numbers.
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The Math Riddle Book
This is Math
practice that kids love. It combines Riddles (Which kids always
enjoy) and math practice.
Each sheet
motivates kids to practice a basic math computation by rewarding
them with a riddle.
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Fun
With Figures Brilliant Mental Math Short Cuts That Will Amaze
Everyone!
Discover the
amazing techniques from Ancient India that will have you
figuring in your head, faster than most adults can with a
calculator....
Vedic Math is sure
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