Board games are fun, involve the entire family, and are a great way to introduce and fine-tune mathematical concepts in a fun, child-led manner. Such concepts as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, grouping and sorting, money management, patterns, and more can all be taught using board games. So next time your children announce their boredom to you, have a few of these games on hand. By playing with your kids you will be getting in quality family time as well as educational time.
This simple card game is addicting, and the ideal way to practice sorting and grouping. The game involves cards with three attributes each. Players attempt to create ‘sets’ using these attributes before other players claim the same ‘set’. This game is generally best for ages 6 and up, but some younger children may catch on just fine.
Ticket to Ride
This game is time-consuming, but well worth the hour or so it takes to finish. Players are required to use planning and counting to build railroad tracks between cities on a map. Ticket to Ride tends to be best understood by ages 8 and up.
This is a puzzle game played by only one player at a time. The object of the game is to free a little red car from an enormous traffic jam. It can be quite challenging, and requires the player to use mathematical problem-solving thought processes. Traffic Jam is the perfect game for long car rides or other long waits, and can be played by children—and adults—ages 7 or 8 and up.
Ideal for teaching children about the value of money, Pay Day is fun for the whole family. Players make ‘money’ while working their way along a board. They are given opportunities to spend money, and the person with the most money at the end of the game wins. This game is also best for players ages 7 or 8 and up.
This game requires addition and/or multiplication and can be played by one player, or a whole group. It is portable, and easy to set up and put away. Some people describe it as the Scrabble of numbers. During the game, number tiles are set up in a crossword fashion to add up to the number rolled on the included die. This game is best for ages 9 or 10 and up.
There are plenty of board games not listed here that would be equally as fun and educational. Check out your local toy store to see even more options, pick out a game or two, and get playing. Your kids are sure to thank you for it, and you will likely have fun too.
If you are looking for a place to get together and play with friends, we at The Loop welcome your group with open arms. Contact us to set up a fun, board game session in our space and avoid to hassle of cleaning up for company.