## Awesome Algebra Games for Kids

Algebra games can help even young children make sense of complex ideas about number relationships. I’ve got two games I think you and your kids are going to LOVE…but first we should probably answer an important question: what is algebra, anyway? What is Algebra? Algebra is more than just “math with letters”. Elementary kids are ready to grapple with these important … Read More

## Clumsy Thief: A Cartoony Card Game For Adding Big Numbers

Clumsy Thief is a wacky, cartoony math game that kids will beg to play–and also happens to be amazingly effective at teaching kids to mentally add big numbers. There are two versions (both of them awesome) that teach mental addition. The original game teaches kids number pairs that add to 100. The newer game, Clumsy Thief In The Candy Store, … Read More

## The Perimeter Game: A Hands-On Geometry Game

This perimeter geometry game was inspired by this short conversation with a 4th grader: Me: What’s perimeter? 4th grader: It’s where when the two sides are the same, then you um, I mean you times them by two. Me: Ok…I see where you’re going with that. But what does perimeter mean? 4th grader: I know, but I can’t really explain it. A … Read More

## Pay The Difference: A Subtraction Game With a Money Twist

This cool subtraction game gets played a lot in my house. It packs in a ton of learning, and it’s a game kids really, really like. (The fact that it uses REAL MONEY probably has something to do with it.) Kids will compare numbers, mentally subtract to find out “how much more”, count coins, and understand the concept of subtraction as difference … Read More

## Pigs In A Pen: A Multiplication Game for Kids

It’s hard to find a good multiplication game for kids that goes beyond times tables memorization and actually teaches the concept of what multiplication means. Pigs In A Pen is my go-to game for introducing to the idea of multiplication as adding equal groups. Kids really like the tactile nature of this game, counting out rubber bands and “gems”. Older kids … Read More

## Money Bags Game: A Kid Favorite for Counting Money

The Money Bags game by Learning Resources is a teacher’s and a parent’s dream: it helps kids learn counting money and other math skills, is quick and easy to play, it works with mixed ages, and kids seriously love this game. Read my review of Money Bags (after 3 years of playing it with kids), learn how to play it, and … Read More