Math Games

        

The Brain Magic Board Games

These family board games are specifically designed to improve memory, strategy and math skills with young children.  

Barnyard

A laugh out loud game designed for children 4-8, but its so much fun that even adults want to play.  One of the most popular games, it reinforces recognition skills of colors, shapes and barnyard sounds.  

Homer:  

A board game to reinforce addition and subtraction facts.  This is a great 2 person game that incorporates the rules of baseball to make math fun.  Perfect for those who are still who are still working on the basics.

Diamonds:  

This is the game featured on TVs 'Dragons Den' and sold in 'Chapters' book stores.  It was originally designed as a sidewalk game, but evolved into an engaging board game perfect for classrooms or families.  All ages will be hooked on this rare game that is both cooperative and competitive.  It works on all addition and subtraction facts.

 Seven Ships:  * Best Seller

This is popular for those with developed math skills.  Using strategy, players try to sink ships and block others.  It focuses on basic multiplication facts.  Great for children ages 8+.


Games and sets

Games are printed on heavy duty vinyl which is both waterproof and very durable.  Each game or set includes all pieces including 10 sided dice, cards and markers.  

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The Education Behind the Games

Math games are a great way to get students involved in math. Just like chess, math games get students hooked. Each time they play, they have more confidence and better strategies. With the competitive itch, they strive to do better each time they play.

Math games should be specifically designed to work on math skills. It may work on addition, multiplication or fractions. Having the skills as part of the game makes it easy to make learning seem fun. Just like mothers often sneak vegetables into a casserole or pasta dish, teachers can sneak learning into games.

The games should have some elements that make it playable. The game should have simple rules. If there are too many rules, kids will lose interest. Soccer is relatively simply. You need to kick the ball into the net without using your hands. In golf you try to hit a ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible. With Scrabble, you try to make words with the highest point value possible. The general goal or core rules of the game should be relatively simple.

Once this is established, there should be room for developing strategy. The game Tic Tac Toe is not played by adults or even most kids as it is too simple. The game of chess however allows players to make choices that affect the outcome of the game. If you can’t develop strategy or feel like you are affecting the outcome, you probably won’t continue playing.

There also needs to be an element of chance. Even though players may have different abilities, each one should feel as though they have a chance to win. You wouldn’t enter a 100 meter race if you knew the other runner was a great deal faster. In Scrabble the element of chance comes when players randomly choose letters. When chance affects the game it evens out the playing field.

Games in the class create hours of solid practice. Students actually focus on the skills and develop their skills quickly. Aside from the math skills students learn, they also learn some much needed social skills by working with partners that they can’t get from video games. Games are the way to reach children and make learning a truly fun and inspiring activity. The skills they learn will last a lifetime.


© Tanya 2016