The Coolest Math Games that Kids Love!

games that will befriend your child with math.

Mathematics is complicated? First of all it is interesting and fun! So believes Evgeniya Ilyushevich, a teacher of children’s educational center in Omsk, who herself invents unusual mathematical .They help children to understand in essence of addition and subtraction, to give representations about different geometrical figures, to fix concepts about volume and the area. We have made a selection of seven games developed by Eugenia, and we hope that they will make friends with your child with mathematics. Careful: it is impossible to break away from these games!
I work with preschoolers, and for children of this age the game is a leading activity. By playing, they not only have fun, but also learn the world and acquire important skills and abilities. Mathematics, despite all its seriousness, too, you can learn through games, which my students and do with great pleasure.

“Finding the numbers.”
If your child is already familiar with numbers, this game will help him consolidate their knowledge. Take the office box from the corrugated cardboard, divide it into two parts, put the numbers in them from soft puzzles. Make holes at the sides of the box: through them, the child will feel the numbers. His or her task is to find the same pieces in the compartments, name them, take them out of the box and place them in the corresponding fragments of the puzzles. You can change the task: let the child look for the numbers you set.
“Clear Subtraction.”
The best way to explain to a child what the essence of arithmetic actions is to show them clearly. Cut strips of colored paper 5-10 cm wide, on each of them draw in a column any number of familiar to the child objects: cupcakes, candy, carrots, coins, pencils. At the top of each bar, write an example to be solved: you will need to reduce the total number of cupcakes and other items by some part. To solve the example, you just cut off as many objects as indicated after the minus, and the answer will be right in front of your eyes.

Try to use not the word “subtract”, but other verbs that match what you have drawn and that are found in school subtraction tasks. For example: “You had three cupcakes, and all three you gave me and my dad and grandma, how many did you have left?”, “Here are four birds, two of them left,” “There were five fish, but four left.”

“Folding device.”

I’ll have to work on the inventory for this game, but it’s worth it. You’ll need a small box (it needs to be cut and opened like in the picture), two cardboard cylindrical bushings, which you put on the box lid from the inside, a small bowl. Also prepare cards with numbers and pluses and a few bowls, where you put nuts, cones, any other small identical items.

Write a plus between the bushings and an equal sign on the walls of the bowl. Make examples using the numbers cards. The task of the child – with the help of the device to add them to solve. How? Very simply: in each bushing he puts as much counting material as necessary under the conditions of the problem: in the left bushing – the number equal to the first summand, in the right – the second. The sum of the sum of the sums, that is, the correct answer – in a bowl.

As in the previous game, use verbs that the child will then encounter in the school problem: “Yesterday the squirrel found five lumps, and today there are two, how many of them?”, “The bunny ran through the forest and saw three nuts under one tree, under the other two. “How many nuts did he see?”
“Constructive triangles.”
For this game I use Montessori material, but you can cut out triangles from colored paper. It’s important that you have all kinds of triangles in your set: equilateral and isosceles, rectangular (you can get them by cutting the square diagonally). Consider them together with the child, let it will tell, that at them the general (three corners), and what they differ (colour, the size, can be rectangular and with equal sides). Offer it to find identical triangles (a method of imposing on each other: identical will completely coincide), try to add other figures: a square, a rhombus, a trapezium, a parallelogram, a rectangle. Let the kid to be convinced that these figures turn out at addition of two identical triangles.