Here is a fun article by Victor Expand about using board games to help teach young kids math.
Teaching Children Using Math Board Games
By Victor Epand
Board games can be used for a number of educational purposes, as they have proven to help stimulate the minds of children in a fun, informative way. Learning things like multiplication tables, long division, or even more basic tasks like simple addition and subtraction can be difficult for young children, usually depending on their age and the amount of attention they have received on the object. It has also been long proven that most children have a better time learning skills when they are presented in a fun, interactive format, giving educational math board games a great platform on which to make their stand.
Math Smart is one such board game which helps children to easily begin to master the skills of basic math. The game plays out across a table, much like dominoes. There are 100 durable cards in each set of the game, which come in editions for each basic math skill. Some set focus on addition, while others help players learn their subtraction, multiplication, and division skills. The easy format helps any player to adapt quickly to the game and with a fun, slightly competitive environment, the learning aspect of the game may even go entirely unnoticed!
Another popular game, Goose Egg, can help children learn how to complete their math skills more quickly. Coming with three 10-sided dice, answer boards, a timer, and chips, players will need to roll the dice, figure out the multiplications between the numbers, and quickly cover up the correct answer on their answer sheets, all within a 30 second time frame! This teaches children to think quickly, trying to encourage them to learn how to complete the skills within a short time frame. However, players must be careful about the dice they roll, for if they end up with 3 zeros in any turn, they have received a goose egg and may be out of the game. This game is incredibly popular, as it encourages quick thinking in an easy to learn, fun environment, and many children have greatly benefited from playing with it.
Totally Tut is a great example of a game that gives children the chance to learn a number of basic math skills and the order of operations potentially without them even realizing it. Racing across a board made of different pyramids, the players try to correctly solve math puzzles that have been presented to them. When the problem is correctly solved, that player gains a piece which will help them to build their own pyramid. However, the game is not as simple as just building pyramids by solving problems, for other players have the chance to either steal or swap pyramid tiles, helping to complete their own and ruin another!
This game raises the level of competition, making the game a high-paced, harrowing experience for any players participating. With such an exciting environment provided by the game, it is no wonder that all of these educational board games help players to learn their techniques so quickly. Teaching math to young children has never been easier or more fun!
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for board games, chess boards, and dungeons and dragons miniatures.
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