I showed my favorite family math games, and we played some of the games together as a group.
Start your own family game night
Looking for ways to keep math fun in your family? One of the best things you can do is play math board games as a family. It’s fun, it connects your family, and it helps develop a love of mathematical thinking. Yes, playing games with your kids is as important for math literacy as reading books with your kids is for language literacy.
So how do you make math games part of your family culture? Here’s how:
- Choose a time. I recommend a weekly family game night.
- Choose a place. I recommend putting a games cabinet in your dining room or living room, or wherever your family hangs out,
- Choose games that the whole family will enjoy. And don’t stop with the usual suspects like Monopoly, Scrabble, Yahtzee and Chess. There’s a huge world of new board games, just as rich and varied as the world of books or movies.
- Change the rules. You can get more learning out of playing games by considering what happens if you change the rules. For instance, you could add an extra player, change the board size, or change how pieces move. Changing the rules of a game engages you in critical thinking, and thinking like a game designer. In my work as a game designer, I often get ideas for new games by asking “What is wrong with this game, and how could I make it better?” For more ideas on critical thinking questions to ask about games, see my article Changing the game.
Math Game recommendations
Here are my favorite math games — games that both kids and parents enjoy, that are both fun and educational.
Other lists of recommended math games
Big list of Mathematical Board Game from Mind Research
Fun Math Board Games from Bounce Back Parenting