Math Games

These games for children ages 3 to 6 years old are designed to be both simple to use and very engaging. Some are quick and use everyday materials; others use a game board and require more extended play. All can be repeated many times, and their difficulty can be decreased or increased to sustain challenge as children gain proficiency. The games engage children in problem solving, puzzling, and discussing strategies as they play, and they collectively focus on counting, operations, algebraic thinking, and geometry. The games are designed to promote children’s persistence, executive functions, and social-emotional skills.

Dot Cards Game
Dot card game
Dot cards can be used in so many different ways to help children practice reciting number words in the correct order, counting with one-to-one correspondence, cardinality, subitizing, and written numerals.
How Many Are Hiding?
“How many do we have? Close your eyes, I’m going to hide some. Open you eyes! How many are hiding?” You can play this game in many different ways, with
Pattern block puzzles
Pattern block puzzles
Creating designs out of pattern blocks—those multicolored trapezoids, hexagons, and triangles that are a mainstay in most preschool classrooms—is a great way for children to build geometric thinking. While playing
Pattern Games
Patterns repeat in a regular way that helps you predict what comes next. Patterns are in song, dance, poetry, art, buildings, nature, and numbers. These materials provide some different ways
Two numbers game
Two Numbers
Games that build fluency with numbers are important in the early years. One such game is Two Numbers, in which children learn to recognize written numerals, place them in the
Lily pads
Jumping on the Lily pads
Games like Jumping on the Lily Pads help children develop a mental number line. In this game, children take turns rolling a dot cube and moving a “frog” along the game board.
Shape card games
Shape card games
Card games like Shape Match, Number Match, Memory, Go Fish, War, Slap Jack, Crazy 8s, and Uno help children practice recognizing and comparing numbers. They also develop important executive function skills such
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