What's a child to do? Why, hone up on their math skills with some fun and easy games of course! Just like we did! Playing board games or games on the computer will help keep math skills from sliding during the summer. Here are some family favorites!
Yahtzee. My daughter, her girlfriend and I played this game of strategy and probability that involves addition. It was especially fun as we played by candlelight with lots of chatting and laughter. Meanwhile, the girls, who are teenagers were practicing their basic math operations. (For those who like playing games online there is a Yahtzee Online Version. Just make sure to turn off chat feature.)
Monopoly: This classic board game is a sure hit with the family as they wait to see who has the most money at the end. For older children it is a great review of counting money and you can even work on the skill of counting back change! There is an online version by Hasbro for younger kids with a 'Lightning McQeen, Cars' theme and smaller values.
|Tower Blaster Online Game|
Racko: I LOVE this game as it reminds me of my childhood. However, I use it in my classroom during math centers. The player to put their cards in order first, wins. Click on the Racko link above to learn the rules. An online version of this game is called "Tower Blaster".
Revisit the games of your own childhood and you will likely find many connections to mathematics. Playing them with your child will surely bring about fond memories for all of you!
Enjoy these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer while they last (and have some fun connecting with your kids while practicing math!). Let me know what games you'll be playing in the comment section!