Games have been a big part of our family long before we even considered homeschooling. Games are an excellent way to spend quality time together as a family.
“Gameschooling” is something that I did not find valuable to our homeschool in the beginning. I found games valuable to our family culture but not to academics. I did not see them as a resource for learning.
That was until I Emily could NOT learn her math facts. It was like they would fall out of her head. I was so frustrated with her and myself. My husband suggested we just take some time off from “school” and enjoy the holidays together (it was the week of Thanksgiving).
We ended up taking from Thanksgiving through the first of the year off. While we did not do any structured school we played A LOT of games as a family. The one we played the most was Yahtzee (it is my husbands favorite).
Guess what? When we began school again in January Emily knew ALL of her math facts. Not even just the simple ones we were focusing on either, but more complex problems like 6+6+6=18. We all know that is from her playing Yahtzee.
That is when I realized games were not only great for learning but they were going to be ESSENTIAL in our homeschool. That my friends is the day we became gameschoolers.
All games are educational in numerous ways.
Even the simplest games teach turn taking and losing/winning gracefully. I get asked questions all the time about games, so I decided to do a gameschooling series. This series will feature our favorite games broken down into subjects. This post will be all about math games.
NUMBER & COUNTING GAMES
LogicRoots Feed My Pet Math GamesThinkFun Zingo 1-2-3 Number Bingo GameNumber Slap Jack – a FunEducational Insights Shelby’s Snack Shack CountingPeaceable Kingdom Count Your Chickens AwardNumbers Bingo GameSpot It! 123Briarpatch The World of Eric Carle
COLOR, SHAPE, & PATTERN GAMES
Colors And Shapes Bingo, For AgesHasbro Gaming Perfection Game, MulticolorThinkFun Shape by Shape Creative PatternMindware Qwirkle Board GameEducational Insights Frankie’s Food Truck FiascoEducational Insights Brownie Match GameLearning Resources Ed in Sneaky SnackyEducational Insights Hoppy Floppy’s Happy HuntPeaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot –Educational Insights Sophie’s Seashell ScrambleEducational Insights Koala Capers Card GameEducational Insights Raccoon Rumpus Game, Dice
ADDITION & SUBTRACTION GAMES
School Zone – Math War AdditionThinkFun Math Dice Junior Game forAddition and Subtraction Bingo Board GamesSums in Space – an AdditionLearning Resources Pop For Addition &Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game, Homeschool,Melon Rind Clumsy Thief in TheMelon Rind Clumsy Thief Junior MathLearning Resources I Sea 10! Game,Logic Roots Ocean Raiders Math AdditionLearning Resources tri-FACTa Addition and SubtractionLearning Resources Snap It Up! Math:CLOUD HOPPER Addition Subtraction STEM gameLearning Resources Head Full Of Numbers,Learning Resources High Seas ADDventure AdditionRace to Planet X: Number Bond
MULTIPLICATION & DIVISION GAMES
Junior Learning Multiplication Dominoes Educational ActionMultiplication & Division Bingo GameLogic Roots Multiplication Games for Kids,Learning Resources tri-FACTa Multiplication & DivisionThinkFun Math Dice Chase – TheSchool Zone – Math War MultiplicationSTEM game PET ME for MultiplicationSiEque™ Cool Math Games for KidsCarson-Dellosa Multiplication & Division Bingo BoardSAY Cheese – Math Board GameLogic Roots Big Catch Advanced DivisionDragon Times – A Math Adventure
PLACE VALUE GAMES
Learning Resources Money Bags Coin ValueLearning Resources Buy It Right ShoppingWinning Moves Games Pay Day, TheExact Change Card Game – EducationalMoney Bingo GameGrandpa Beck’s Cover Your Assets CardMonopoly Classic GameLearning Advantage Sale – Consumer Math
Fraction Fortress Board GamesLearning Resources Pizza Fraction Fun Game,Fractions Bingo GameLogic Roots Froggy Fractions Math GameseeBoo Make a Pie Spinner BoardLearning Advantage Fraction City – MathEducational Insights Fraction Formula GameJunior Learning Fraction Dominoes Educational Action
Tracking Your Math Game Play
Being able to quantify game playing as “school” doesn’t have to be hard. You can just keep track of the games you play. I reccomend using a game log. There is one avaliable in my FREE Guide to Gameschooling. It is perfect for logging the games you’ve played and easy to add into a homeschool portfolio if you have to keep one.