Inside: Find the top math board games for kids that will help children with number recognition, counting, addition, subtraction and more!
Remember when you were a kid and practicing math meant doing worksheet after worksheet of math facts?
Kids today are way luckier than we were.
Now, there are countless board games for kids that have been specifically created to help reinforce math concepts and develop a love of math.
And best of all, kids actually enjoy them!
If your child is struggling in math or if they simply love math, then you’ll love having these board games in your home that help develop better math skills.
These Are The Most Fun Math Board Games For Kids
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1. Sum Swamp
In this adorably illustrated board game kids ages 5 and older practice adding and subtracting numbers. The objective of the game is to get to the opposite side of the swamp first.
On your kids journey to the other side of the swamp, they’ll learn the number of spaces to travel by rolling the three dice. Two of the dice are numbers and the third die has addition and subtraction math symbols on it.
Each turn, your child will roll the dice and figure out the total number of spaces they travel by completing the simple math equation.
Along the way, kids will run into special spaces on the board that have particular objectives to allow the game a little more variety.
This game earns a whopping 4.8 out of 5-star rating!
2. I Sea 10!
I Sea 10 is another math game, but this one focuses on addition only.
To play this game, the circular game pieces are spread out on the table with the number side down. Kids take turns flipping over the pieces one at a time.
After each flip, players race to find number combinations (2 or more) that add up to 10. When your child spots a 10 combination, they yell “I see 10” and get to collect those pieces for their pile.
The player with the most pieces at the end of the game wins.
To make things more interesting, there are 10 sneaky shark cards hidden amongst the pieces. If you flip one of those over on your turn, you have to give all your pieces back and start over!
3. Math Dice Jr.
Math Dice Jr. is a highly rated dice game that works on addition and subtraction. In this game, players roll a 12-sided die and five 6-sided dice. The 12 sided die is the “target die” and has the numbers 1-12 on each side. The 6-sided dice have the numbers 1-6 on each side.
To play, the youngest player rolls all the dice. Then, each player looks at the target die (the 12-sided one) to see what number they are adding or subtracting to reach. Using the 5 standard dice, players try to come up with addition or subtraction facts that equal the target die’s value.
The first player to discover a math fact that adds up to the target die, yells “Math Dice” and collects the dice involved. The round continues until all possible combinations are found. Each player gets to move one space for each die they collect.
If you’re not playing with others who are on the same mathematical level (like parents and kids), there’s also a cooperative version you can play.
4. Prime Climb
This math board game is geared towards older children (the box says 10+). In Prime Climb, the objective of the game is to get both of your game pieces to land on the center 101 circle exactly.
The game has many rules and variations of play, but it involves using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
One really cool feature about this game is the color-coded spaces. Kids who haven’t mastered math yet can use the color-coded board to help them discover the answers to their math problems.
5. The Ladybug Game
The Ladybug Game is a board game for the earliest of kids learning math. This game is rated for ages 3 and up. In the game, players race to get their ladybug from the start position to the home position first.
To play, kids draw from a pile of ladybug cards that tells them how many spaces to move forward or backward. Hidden amongst the cards are also aphid cards and praying mantis passes that players must collect.
The board features big spaces that are great for young players. It also has special spaces on the board where ladybugs need to use their aphid cards in order to progress towards the home space.
6. Money Bags
Money Bags is a fun board game to teach your kids the value of coins and dollar bills. When you play Money Bags, players try to collect as much money as possible before the game ends.
The game uses a die and spinner to move players along the board, towards the finish. Each time the player lands on a space, that space will indicate the amount of money they’ve earned for their turn.
Along the way, there are also special spaces where players get to pick up the money bags jackpot or exchange their exact change to the bank for a special interest bonus!
Parents love this game for teaching kids about the value of coins and dollar bills!
7. Mobi Math Whale
This Scrabble-like game features number tiles and equation tiles.
The simple objective of this game is for a player to use all of the blue number tiles to create a “Pod” as fast as possible. The first person to use all their number tiles correctly wins.
There are more detailed instructions on exactly how to play and several variations as well. What’s great about this game is the wide range of skills that can play.
If you have young kids, simply remove the multiplication and division tiles, so only addition and subtraction are available. There’s even a version for solo play!
The classic numbers game Rummikub has to make the list of best math board games for kids! This game is not just about numbers, but also about strategy.
In this game, players try to get rid of all 14 of their number tiles first by creating sets of either runs (ex: 1,2,3) or groups (ex: 4’s of each color).
Playing the game consists of playing off of your own and opponent’s sets that are on the table. There are several different ways to build onto sets including splitting runs, combined splits, multiple splits, adding to runs and creating new groups.
This game has one of the highest ratings for math games – a whopping 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 1,900 people!
9. High Seas ADDventure
In this math game for kids, players race around the board with the goal of being the first one to reach the island.
To play, each player receives 5 cards that go face up for all the opponents to see. All the remaining cards stay face down in a pile.
On each turn, a child flips over the top card of the community pile and players race to figure out which card they own that will add up with the newly flipped card to equal 10. The first player to say “10” out loud and grab the community card gets to move one space closer to the island.
Play continues this way, but watch out for the special shark and octopus cards! These cards make players switch their personal cards with others and allow stealing too.
One great feature of this game is the two different levels of play. Once your children are able to add two cards to make ten, they are ready to move up to add as many cards as they need to in order to reach ten.
10. Fish Stix
Fish Stix is a great board game by Peaceable Kingdom that helps kids become familiar with matching, color recognition, counting and graphing.
The objective of the game is to get every one of your six fish tokens from the starting line of your score pad to the 10 line first.
Players take turns using their fish stix cards, which are similar to dominoes, to match the fish stixs already played on the table. A player gets to move their fish by matching it (including the direction it’s swimming) to other cards.
11. Shelby’s Snack Shack Game
This math game is perfect for teaching preschoolers numbers and counting while having fun at the same time.
The object of this game is to have the most bones in your doggy bowl at the end of the game.
Using two spinners, players determine whether they get bones from the beach (and how many), if they can steal another players bones, lose a turn, or whether any seagulls have stolen their bones.
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