Add a Math Twist of Traditional Games to Reinforce Skills

Jan 2, 2019 | Sharyland




Games are a great way to have fun and engage with your child mathematically. Tips to Enjoy Family Games and Incorporate Math Try a variety of games because different games inspire different thought patterns. We added ideas of how you can slightly change these classic games to make the math more advanced.



1. The Original Rummikub®  

Players must organize their tiles into sets of the same number or runs of the same color. It is easy to learn and great for large groups.

Number of players: 2-6

Ages: seven and up

Math Skills Reinforced: Strategy, sequencing and patterns.

A Suggested Twist for Extra Math:

A traditional run is three tiles of the same color that are consecutive, such as 5, 6, 7. To increase the math, allow players to play a non-traditional run. A non-traditional run must follow a mathematical pattern that the player can explain and other players understand.  A non-traditional run might be consecutive primes (2, 3, 5), or evens (2, 4, 6), or multiples of three (3, 6, 9).


2. Yahtzee

This classic dice game has many of the same underlying features as poker. To play strategically players must use probability and computation. Younger players can learn the probability of rolling different combinations to get the highest score.

Number of players: 2-6

Ages: seven and up

Math Skills Reinforced: Strategy, sequencing and patterns.

A Suggested Twist for Extra Math: For suggestions about using math to play strategically read the description here.


3. Connect Four

Connect Four is perfect for young children. It is a noisier, more fun version of tic-tac-toe.

Number of players: 2

Ages: four and up

Math Skills Reinforced: pattern recognition, strategy, and counting

A Suggested Twist for Extra Math: Instead of playing connect four, play connect ten! Write the numbers one, two, three, and four on the small discs. The object is to get a row of discs that add up to ten. A winning combination could be a row with two discs with fours on them and one disc with a two on it.


4. Monopoly

This is a great game for children who are learning about budgeting and financial skills. Kids have the opportunity to count money, and make change, as well as starting to learn about rent and investments. If you have children under the age of eight consider trying Monopoly Jr. ®

Number of players: 2-8

Ages: eight and up

Math Skills Reinforced: adding, subtracting, budgeting, counting money, making change.

A Suggested Twist for Extra Math: Let younger players assist you as being banker.


Games are a great way to keep your kids having fun with math during the summer. They will remember spending quality time with you.  If you want more math games ideas, call Mathnasium of Sharyland We have fun with math and we make math make sense. Call us today! 956-467-4422

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