Use Classroom Games to Build Math Skills

Getting kids excited about math is no easy task. Indeed, for a variety of reasons, many younger students just don’t seem to want to learn it.

Luckily, there are a bunch of new games on the market now that are intended to get kids interested in and excited about math. Today’s centerpiece article on does just that. Penned by frequent contributor Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator based on the East Coast, the article loos at the following math board-style games:

  • Sum Swamp
  • Connect Four
  • Money Bags
  • And More!

Janelle sums up her article thusly: “Mathematical thinking requires students to self-reflect and collaborate with their peers. Challenge students while in the midst of a game to explain why they made the particular move that they did. Encourage them to talk and discuss what they are thinking while they are playing. Children benefit enormously from any activity that requires them to think critically.”

What are your favorite board games to build math skills? Do you have any favorites that you use in your classroom? Please share your ideas!

Engaging Classroom Games for All Grades

One of our most popular stories in the history of has been one in which we lay out some popular classroom games. These games are time-tested, and work at just about every grade level.

Classroom games add flair and student engagement to more tedious, yet necessary tasks like teaching math facts, grammar rules and vocabulary, reviewing for tests or even completing lab experiments. Adding an element of competition motivates and energizes students.

Our list of great classroom games includes:

   Educational Bingo
   Around the World
   And More!

We also encourage educators to implement student-created games whenever possible – after all, what student doesn’t like to show off his or her creative talents?

What educational games do you use in your classroom?