Categories: Homeschool

The Best Games to Teach Kids Math & Money

We are huge fans of board games in our house and homeschool. Board games are a fantastic way to have fun with your kids and get them engaged in learning. There is a myriad of games that you can use across a wide age range.  Some days you just got to throw away traditional lesson plans and focus on hands-on activities like board games. 

Games to Teach Kids Math & Money

These hands-on games are great for younger and older kids. Whether your child is learning how to count or ready to start her own business, these games will satisfy the whole family. 

Cash Flow for Kids

Age: 8 years old +

Number of Players: 2 or more

Duration of Play: 30 minutes

Akin to Monopoly but a bit more relevant to real-life scenarios AND teaches kids the value of tracking expenses and revenue. The goal of this game is to begin teaching kids personal finance through investments, real estate, and stocks.

Your budding entrepreneur just may find the hook to get her going on the path to building her own business. What better way to teach kids money management? 

DragonWood

Age: 8 years old +

Number of Players: 2 to 4

Duration of Play: 20 minutes

Dragonwood is a family game that involves strategy and logical thinking with cards and dice. Plus, the game includes counting practice and a bit of imagination.  Kids and adults are drawn to the mix of luck and tactical strategy in order to lead to victory. Lots of replay opportunity! 

Yahtzee

Age: 8 years old +

Number of Players: 2 or more

Duration of Play: 20 minutes

Classic game for kids that keeps on giving. I know, boring, but Yahtzee is the game that packs a punch with kids. Plus, they don’t even know they’re learning while they’re having fun. 

Cribbage

Age: 8 years old +

Number of Players: 2 + 

Duration of Play: 20 minutes

Cribbage is a classic, timeless game. Did you know that it has been around for hundreds of years? Crazy, right?

Prime Climb

Age: 10 years old +

Number of Players: 2 to 4

Duration of Play: 30 minutes

This game is a perfect STEM gift for pre-teens and teens to inspire deeper math learning. Plus, it is easy to learn, and endlessly replayable, thanks to a dynamic mix of strategy and luck. Learn and master multiplication, division, factorization, and prime number concepts by combining colors

Proof!

Age: 9 years old +

Number of Players: 2 to 6

Duration of Play: 15 minutes

My son’s sixth-grade math teacher introduced me to this game. This math game will improve mental math skills while kids train their brains for multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, and even square roots. 

Exact Change

Age: 6 years old +

Number of Players: 2 to 6

Duration of Play: 15 minutes

A fun game for the whole family to teach kids to count money! The goal of the game is to play all your cards first? How? You discard cards by matching the color of the last card played, by matching the currency value, or by making exact change. 

There is a teaching lesson on money plus loads of fun. 

Rummikub

Age: 8 years old +

Number of Players: 2 to 4

Duration of Play: 15 minutes

This game combines Mahjong and Rummy, two of my favorites! This game works STEM skills such as strategic thinking, sequencing, and patterns. And it is simple. The first player to use all his tiles wins the game.

Players take turns placing numbered tiles in runs or groups, Rummy style, and you can play off other player’s sequences. 

Adsumudi Math Game

Age: 8 – 12 years old

Number of Players: 2 to 6

Duration of Play: 15 minutes

I will admit that I recently discovered this game but man am I excited to dive in with my kids! Say goodbye to workbooks to help kids practice math facts. 

Marnie Craycroft

Marnie hails from Maine where she spent summers buried in sand and winters buried in snow. She is the daughter of a nearly four decade veteran of the public school systems. Teaching has always been a part of her life. She founded Carrots Are Orange in 2010.

Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori learning and living website for parents and teachers.

Marnie graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 with a BA in Economics. She spent nearly a decade working in investment management. In 2006, she earned her MA in business from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999 and currently lives in Boulder with her husband and three sons. She is Montessori trained. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Buzzfeed, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, Huffington Post, and WhattoExpect.com. Besides writing, passions include running (usually after her three sons), photography, and outdoor adventures.

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