Online Math Games to Engage Students At Home

21 October, 2016

Are you a parent looking for resources to support your child’s learning of math at home? There are a wide variety of free online math gaming sites that should bring math out of the abstract and into real world context. Research shows that gamification can help students stay engaged and learn concepts that otherwise may be too difficult to process. Gaming helps meet the needs of all types of learners. Scores, points, and rewards for progress all help provide incentives for learning. Here are some of our favorites!

 

Hoodamath games provide a gallery of highly visual games that are searchable by grade level and math topic. Games in Algebra and Geometry are also available in addition to those for elementary and middle grades.

Math Play allows you to search by grade level and category to find elementary and middle school games. There are even games related to holidays as well as printables.

FunBrain Math Arcade provides an arcade experience with math games as early as preschool and through middle school. There are many sports related games as well as games with cross-curricular connections.

SumDog has over two dozen interactive math games that cover interests including football and clothing. Parents can get a free membership for their child or pay for a family membership that includes multiplayer games, reports, and progress charts.

MathBreakers is perfect for students interested in interactive math and a more complex challenge. MathBreakers is a Common Core aligned role playing. Students will investigate math concepts through a 3D virtual world.

Scratch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a free online platform where students can apply coding to create interactive games. They will learn about algorithms and can share their produced games with others.

Our suggestion to implement with your child is to make it a fun experience! Put links for these sites on the home computer and their mobile devices. Provide it as an alternative to non-learning activities. You can even offer it as a brain break while students are completing their homework. Make it a positive experience and not a punishment.

 

Do you have any favorite online math games? How do you use them with your child?

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