Even though multiplication is one of the elementary arithmetic skills, kids and adults alike can still find multiplication tricky. Once a child hits the third grade, they start learning about more advanced math during the school day - often including multiplication! While there are all kinds of tricks and tips that should help make the math easier, sometimes you need a fun game or two to really reinforce learning.
The games below are great opportunities for your child to practice their multiplication skills and multiplication tables. These are also great family learning moments where parents and kids can work together on sharpening their number skills. Here are six multiplication board games for your kids and family to try!
- FUN GAME PLAY: Multiplication practice becomes cheesy and fun with this amazing fun for kids of all ages. Great tool to...
- MATH PRACTICE: Converts family time in to a time to bond over math. Lots of fun where kids actually apply math to win...
- LIFE SKILLS: Builds 4 Key skills - Communication competence , Memorization , Hand eye coordination
This game is designed for children ages 8 (2nd grade) and up. This award-winning game helps children (and adults) practice their multiplication tables and factor recognition. The game description claims to help with retention of times tables and to reinforce common core math skills. The most useful skills in this game are quick thinking and multiplication knowledge. The faster your child can use their multiplication skills, the more cheese wheels they’ll receive!
Super Genius Multiplication
- Super Genius is an educational matching game developed hand-in-hand with teachers.
- Multiplication 1 prepares students for more complicated math skills.
- Teaches multiplication tables, works on visual perception and processing speed.
This particular game is geared toward younger students learning about multiplication. The game comes in two parts - Multiplication 1 and Multiplication 2, allowing you to play the version that best matches your child’s current skills. Children can play this game alone or with up to six players and there are up to five ways to play to combat boredom. Very similar to flashcards, your child can practice matching cards while simultaneously practicing recognition of factors and equations. A great tool to keep your child’s multiplication skills sharp during the summer break!
Bumper Car Math
While practicing math and problem solving, the goal of this board game is to capture the cluster of bumper cars and buses - to score as many points as possible. Children will not realize the skills that they are using while playing this game since it’s so fun! Created for grades 3-6, players are using mental math skills to practice their multiplication tables up to multiples of 9. You and your child can also practice division while racking up the cars and buses! This easy to play game is designed for 2-4 players, making it another great family learning opportunity.
Multiplication & Division Bingo
- Master fact families with options for differentiating with multiplication or division
- Fun for large or small group use
- Set includes: 36 playing cards, over 700 chips, caller's mat and cards, and a sturdy storage box
Who doesn’t like Bingo? Even Grandma and Grandpa play Bingo! This particular take on the popular game can be played so many ways - fill the whole card, fill a row or column, four corners, etc. This is a simple board game that can be played with a few players or up to 36 - making this a great game option for families, small groups, and even classrooms. This would be a great way to meet some learning goals inside of a classroom. Since this game can be played with a focus on multiplication or division, there are great chances to work on multiplication table memorization and finding factor families each time Bingo is played.
This easy to learn game has won several awards for its mix of math skills and strategy. For a fast game, play with less players. However, if you are looking for a longer game you can add more players to enhance the competition. This board game reinforces all basic math skills - addition, subtraction, AND multiplication. The game supports multiplication up through the 6x table. Each time the dice gets rolled, the players have to use addition and subtraction. The strategy of playing this game makes it all fun and doing the math is just a part of the game playing process.
- Fun family numbers game that children from aged 4+ and adults can enjoy together
- PROVEN to help improve confidence with numbers and maths by independent research
- Super flexible for all ages and abilities - and there are lots of video tips on the plyt website to help you - plus...
PLYT is a unique game that can be played by all ages 4 and up! This is another award-winning game that uses numbers and increases math knowledge by up to 27 percent, according to game description on Amazon. Endorsed by National Numeracy, this game has rules and limits that are adaptable to however you want to play. Your family could choose to play for fifteen minutes or an hour - that’s entirely up to you! This game combines addition, times tables, and multiplying up to six dice at a time - which could be challenging even to adults who are very proficient in math.
The more that a child can practice their math skills, the more likely they are to retain the information that they’ve learned. Games give children a chance to practice skills and give parents and teachers the chance to see where there might be gaps in their understanding. Playing math related board games as a family helps to reinforce a student’s learning at home. Try a new game and brush up on your own math skills!
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