Check out Our Top 10 Hands-on Math Resources that will help your kids absorb math in ways worksheets just can’t!
I love to incorporate board games into our learning as often as I can, I have found that we can touch on just about every subject with games or other hands-on activities including the dreaded MATH. We cover everything from calendar skills to multiplication. Here are Our Top 10 Hands-on Math Resources!
Our Top 10 Hands-on Math Resources
- Math Dice- While this set comes with some instructions for activities we also use them for math bingo with a dry erase page and the kid’s race to fill up their squares first while doing whatever math skill they are working on, usually addition/subtraction and my son on multiplication. They are great for reinforcing basic math facts.
- The Allowance Game– Money money, something we have struggled with a bit here. But the game is more fun than sitting and doing worksheet after worksheet so the kids absorb more this way.
- Tri-Facta- Another fun way to practice addition facts that also tosses in some critical thinking skills practice.
- Planners- When Happy Planners came out with the kid’s version of their planners I couldn’t wait to get them in my kid’s hands. They came with stickers and fun things to decorate them with. We use them on Sunday evening or Monday morning and they open their planners while mom opens hers and we go over events for the week and/or a month together. This really helps the kids get a sense of time, as well as build planning and organizational skills.
- Power Pen- This is my alternative to drilling with flashcards or boring them with worksheets (which we regularly do both) Instead of flashcard repetition I hand them a small chunk of cards to practice and they love the interaction and self-correction from the pen buzzing or cheering to let them know if they answered correctly.
- Lego’s- My kids can get behind anything that involves LEGOs! We have used them to practice skip counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, and just about everything you can imagine, they are the ultimate manipulative! Even if the kids have some in the bedroom I recommend a basic box just for your school room or school area.
- Math Box- We have several different topics in the Brain Box series and use the math one at least once a week. This quick and simple game is a great way to review basic math skills and get an introduction to some new ones.
- Sale ads- Plain and simple these are a great tool for comparing prices and budgeting. I am a big believer in teaching your kids these kinds of real-life math skills right from the get-go!
- Monopoly- While your kids may not get to practice coins they will be able to count up their money, pay rents, taxes, etc… They will learn to multiply when they have to figure out just how much those 3 houses on Park Place and Boardwalk will set them back.
- Yahtzee- I love when I can sneak in something of educational value and the kids just think it’s fun. Yahtzee is great for addition and even multiplication, my 7 and my 10-year-old are each able to practice current skills simply by having a family game night!
What is your favorite hands-on activity for teaching your kids math skills?