If you want to help your child learn basic math skills, try some of these simple math games and printables.
Math Games & Printables
Math is something that people use almost constantly in their day to day lives. This makes learning basic math skills a very important part of a child’s education. However, practice drills at school may not always be enough to help your child learn how to apply math to real-life situations. Try working a few simple math games into your daily routines to help reinforce math skills.
Banking Math is a great way to teach a child to manage an allowance and learn practical budgeting skills. Create a check book ledger and checks/cash for an imaginary bank account and explain how it all works. Then, give the child a beginning balance in the ledger.
Explain that every time the child makes a purchase, he or she will need to write a check for it or hand over the cash. Explain to them that the purchase amount must then be deducted from the ledger balance. To make this fun, set up a small grocery store or toy store and have your child ‘purchase’ food or toys while working on their math skills.
Grocery Store Math
There are many opportunities to use math in the grocery store. After all, groceries are all about prices and weights. Here are a few things you can try.
- Give the child a set amount of money and instruct him or her to buy snacks for a week.
- Ask the child to find the best deal per pound by comparing several brands of the same product.
- Show the child how small savings can add up by asking him or her to match prices of different brands of the same products. Use the savings amount to buy a special treat.
For this game, gather a ruler, a measuring tape, and a selection of different sized objects. Children will need to measure the objects and record the measurements. Then, they will need to arrange the objects from tallest to shortest or thinnest to widest. Young children really enjoy being able to measure, especially if a family member frequently uses measuring tapes or rulers around the house.
These Measure An Animal Print Worksheets are a great way for kids to practice their measuring skills.
How Many? Counting Game
Counting games can be made very simple or quite challenging. For young children, try setting out a line of cereal pieces, blocks, toy cars, or doll shoes. (If you have math manipulatives, you can use them instead, but everyday items are more interesting for children to count.) As children become adept at counting the items, introduce basic addition and subtraction concepts by adding or removing pieces. For older children, estimating games using a jar full of small objects are also fun.
These counting mats and cards are very versatile. They can be used with the included pieces, with playdough, pom poms, candies or mini erasers, to help children with their counting as well as simple addition and subtraction skills.
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Stacey is a homeschooling Christian mum trying to live a simple, frugal, healthy life. She lives with her husband and two gorgeous boys in the sunshine state of Queensland, Australia. You can check out her blog at Simple Living Creative Learning where you find printables, kids activities, homemaking resources, homeschooling encouragement, and even some recipes!