Elementary School Games to Make Math Fun

April 26, 2021 / Parent Resources

Learning math could certainly be draining sometimes. Your kids might be thinking of a thousand other fun things to do as they sit down to solve complex math problems. With these elementary school games, you could help take the fear out of figures and make math a lot more fun (and tolerable!) for your kids.

What Are Some Fun Math Games for Elementary Students?

Fraction Decimal Percentage Puzzles

If you’re looking for fun elementary school games to teach your kids about fractions, decimals, and percentages, we’ve got you covered.

All you have to do is make various triangle puzzles, each consisting of the equivalents of fractions, decimals, and percentages. For example, for one puzzle, you could have 3 puzzle pieces with figures 60/100, .60, 60%.

Marshmallow and Toothpick Geometry

The best fun math games for kids are those that make learning fun. In this activity, kids use toothpicks and tasty marshmallows to learn about shapes.

Print a few flashcards with different shapes on them and then ask your kids to build those shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows. It’s simple and super entertaining.

Check out Osmo’s Tangram game to hone your child’s understanding of shapes.

Popsicle Stick Math

Here’s one of the best elementary math games to try with your kids. First, take several popsicle sticks and number the ends. Place them face down and instruct each kid to draw 5 popsicle sticks. 

Make sure your kids are sitting in a circle. Each player must go around the circle and pick a popsicle stick either from the stack or from another player. They all get 5 turns to do this. At the end of the game, they must count all their sticks and whoever with the highest number wins!

Multiplication Card Game

For this game, first begin by dealing 2 cards to each child. Kids must use those 2 cards to make a grid. Wondering how? 

For example, if your child gets cards with numbers 5 and 4 on them, they need to draw 5 lines going in one direction, say, horizontally, and the 4 lines going in the other direction, i.e, vertically. Once they do that, they need to make dots at every intersection, thereby making grids. Here, they’ll have 20 intersecting points, which is the product of 5 and 4.

What is the Best Way to Teach Math to Kids Age 6-14?

  1. To teach math to kids ages 6-14, first introduce them to the basics. Allow them to recognize the numbers 0-100 by writing them down. Once they write in numeral form, ask them to write in words from 1-20.
  2. Next, teach them addition and subtraction with objects that they use. Toys are a great way to serve the purpose.
  3. Once they’ve mastered addition and subtraction, move to multiplication and division. You could begin to teach them how money works in the process.
  4. Lastly, encourage children to use learning apps (Osmo!) to further improve their math skills. Not only are these super fun, but they teach core skills too.

What Are the Best Math Games for Third Graders?

  1. Playing with dice.
  2. Playing card games.
  3. Using Lego bricks.
  4. Solving math riddles.

We hope you liked these math games for elementary students. Check the rest of our website for more interactive educational games for kids of all ages.