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Online Games to Improve Your Child's Math Skills

Updated on March 21, 2015

The Math Struggle

Do you remember your days as a student? Did you fear math class, loath math homework and dread the inevitable math test?

I did. I still get nervous if someone asks me anything that requires a little quick computation and promptly excuse myself from the conversation. I do not , however, want to pass this fear down to my children. I want math to be a positive experience. I'll settle for not excruciating!

We are all gifted in different areas, and for the child who is not a math whiz, there are plenty of resources to help them survive and maybe enjoy the process of learning the essential and sometimes irritating math skills.

If your child is struggling with math, or even if they are great with numbers online games and math homework help websites can help them catch up or excel in Math.

Improve your child's mathematical ability through online practice.
Improve your child's mathematical ability through online practice.

The Best Math Site for Kids

Let's get right to the point. I searched far and wide to find the best sites that are free, child safe, contain limited advertising and provide excellent content and games that will keep my kid's attention for more than 30 seconds.

My all around favorite site is Math Playground. Designed for elementary and middle school students, this site has features your child will enjoy and really learn from. It offers games, help and activities from basic computation practice to learning programming.

Here are a few examples:

  • How to do (almost anything) in math: a video collection that thoroughly answers questions submitted by students
  • Logic Games
  • Math at the Mall: percent shopping game
  • Word problem games
  • Timez Attack: a game to master multiplication
  • Collaborative math project
  • Printable worksheets

Math Playground is a highly rated, kid safe site.

Help your child improve their math skills.
Help your child improve their math skills.

Online Math Games, Learning Resources and Homework Help

These sites have a wide variety of activities to offer your child. If they get bored with certain games, they can move on to another. Also, as their skills develop and advance, different sites will fit their needs.

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Encourage and Reward

It is possible, that no matter how you try, your child will still not believe that math is fun. Math is usually fun for people who are good at it. For the rest of us, it is best to try to limit the pain of math by making it easier to understand. Reward and encourage your child for their efforts. Math phobias are born out of a lack of confidence, and are difficult to overcome.

Daily encouragement and enthusiasm will be remembered and leave a lasting impression on your child. The more fun the math activity, the lower your child's stress level will be and the more open they will be to learning.

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      Cool Math 

      6 years ago

      Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer! I will bookmark your blog and have my children check up here often.

    • Jennifer Kirby profile image

      Jennifer Kirby 

      6 years ago

      Thank you, very helpful! Voted up!

    • doctor.t profile image

      doctor.t 

      7 years ago

      I have over 25 years experience in tutoring math, starting well before online games were around! Games are of course great but there is much more a parent & child can do that games don't address - they only address a small fraction of what a student has to do in his/her school career. From 9th grade onwards games are not much use. What then? What should have been done to prepare for that? I have written down what I have learned in a book (search in Amazon for "What Can I Do to Help My Child with Math When I Don't Know Any Myself?" or ask at your local library). I have also put together a comprehensive set of web links to free resources covering the entire scope of grades 1-12 and early college math. You can find the link from the blog on the author Amazon page.

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      Nicole Norton 

      7 years ago

      i want to say. i use this site and i love it. it is a great help and a wonderful thing to use.

    • arizonataylor profile image

      arizonataylor 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      I' heard of Prongo before, but some of these sites are new to me. Great resource. This one is a keeper!

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      Barak Sofer 

      7 years ago

      Here you can find a huge assorted list of online math games, which could be selected and grouped for creating a custom online lesson:

      http://www.free-training-tutorial.com/math-games.h...

    • arizonataylor profile image

      arizonataylor 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      I enjoyed the read. You've added a lot of good information. There are some great resources listed. Thank you. I'll certainly pass this on to other teachers.

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      Jenny 

      8 years ago

      Great hub page. Have you tried mathletics.com.au?

    • profile image

      NewMommy 

      8 years ago

      Thanks so much. This is a well thought out page that really contributes and helps!

    • profile image

      sally 

      8 years ago

      great work! keep it up.

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      esolefl 

      8 years ago

      Great work! Keep it up.

      Shiva

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      HoodaMath 

      8 years ago

      Have you heard of Hooda Math yet?

      It is the newest most popular education site sweeping across the country.

      Students and Adults love to play the challenging thinking math games during and after school.

      Don't hesitate just check it out at http://hoodamath.com/. And make sure to share it with a teacher, student, or friend.

      OH BTW, DID I MENTION IT IS COMPLETELY FREE!

      Cheers,

      Michael Edlavitch

      HoodaMath.com

      p.s. READING TEACHERS might be interested in Hooda Word.

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      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks! Math help is always needed! :)

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      jguthrie1979 

      8 years ago from Bonita Springs, Florida

      very informative hub!!! keep it up!

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you Duncan, for adding your suggestion. It is always great to find new sites that aim to help kids love - and not hate - learning math!

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      Duncan 

      8 years ago

      Just noticed this hub, and thanks for the suggestions. There's so much stuff out there, parents often don't know where to look. I'd recommend Math-Whizz (http://www.whizz.us), not least because I've helped develop it!

      But it is, seriously, a good place for online math tutoring with interactive math games. We're quite proud of it, and we're trying to spread the word...

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      HangMan 

      9 years ago

      Hii Nice hub

      but have you heard About the HangMan game??

      It is The Game of Hanging", hangman is a simple word guessing game that has been known to exist in various forms since the year 1894 where a version of the game was recorded in a book named "Traditional Games" by Alice Bertha Gomme. It is commonly used to help teach children how to spell certain words.

      It increases the intellectual power and chuen the mind of the small kids and of childerns

      Play Hangman online at http://playhangmangames.com/

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you hubby7 - I'm sure your son will love these math games! My kids are still entertained by them and it helps solidify many of the skills they are learning in school.

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      hubby7 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Great Hub. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I will definitely use the sites with my 10 years old son.

      hubby7

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks sayersteach, for the additional information. I agree that games can really help a child develop their math and reading skills with ease -instead of pain! Adding fun activities changes the way they view learning.

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      sayersteach 

      9 years ago

      Games are the best way to promote a childs Math and English Skills. I've been teaching for 10 years. Over that time I have found that anything you can do to encourage a student to want to actively seek out learning activities can have a great educational impact. I like some of the resources that are avaliable at http://www.mathandenglishworksheets.com

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you Koncling, the math games that are highlighted here are aimed at young children, who have (hopefully) not developed a taste yet for the more "action" oriented video games available.

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      koncling 

      9 years ago from Nice Winding Room

      that's right an online game can inprove kid's math skill,

      but many kids love to play game containt with violation and brutality....

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you, Ervin! I have looked long and hard for ways to make math fun and interesting for my daughter. Many of these math games are interesting enough to hold her attention and make practicing math less boring.

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      solarshingles 

      9 years ago from london

      Amy, that's just superb hub about online games to improve kid's math skills! And not only humans like it, but google loves it, as well!

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you Cynergy Diva! I hope they enjoy the fun math learning opportunities. :)

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      Cynergy Diva 

      10 years ago

      This is great! I'm going to pass this on to my Daughter for my Grandson

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      You are very welcome, Kerryg!

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      kerryg 

      10 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the links!

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Uninvited Writer!

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      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Great hub. You certainly did your homework :)

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks aoleon! :)

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      aoleon 

      10 years ago

      Great game resource!

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for reading Mr Marmalade!

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      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      An very well reasearched hub

      Thgank you

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