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Cool Math Games Kids Can Play Online

Updated on September 9, 2013
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It's hard to get kids motivated to do math. Between all of the subtracting and adding, many kids feel that there's no room for fun. It doesn't matter whether your kid is in middle school or high school, they'll often find excuse after excuse for not doing their math homework on time. Well, that doesn’t have to be the case. With the internet at our fingertips, there many resources that can help kids get past their boredom and into the fun!

It's been reported that boys are actually better than girls at math, but whether your child is male or female, there are lots of great online games that will help them enjoy math more. Even spending a few minutes with one of these games can convince any kid that math can be fun-- and easy too! Here's my list of five free browser-based games that your child can play using a home computer.

PBS Kids Math Games

PBS Kids has an assortment of cool math games that will help kids practice basic arithmetic skills. The games emphasize adding, subtracting, deceptive reasoning, and counting. PBS also uses well-known children's characters, like Curious George and the Cat in the Hat, to illustrate these concepts. These online games are bright, colorful, and sure to make your little one like math more. Who wouldn’t like doing math with the Cat in the Hat?

Fun School

Fun School has over thirty different browser-based math games for kids to play. The games vary in subject matter and difficulty, and you will need to have Java installed in order to run most of the games. In Addition Attack, players will solve addition problems by shooting down alien spaceships. In Action Fraction, you add fractions together and drive a car around a race track. The faster you solve the math problems, the faster your car races along the track. These types of games are great for motivating your kids to practice their math skill with the fun and fast paced of an action game.

Fun For the Brain

Fun For The Brain has different Flash games for math, English, and science. Their math games cover all of the basic topics, like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For children who like pirates, Arrrgh! is a fun subtracting game for young swashbucklers. It's a mini side-scroller where you collect items and answer simple subtraction questions to advance on the screen.

Scholastic- Maggie's Learning Adventures

Scholastic has two math games that you can play online. The first is Dude's Dilemma, which features a little puppy named Dude. Dude has been trapped on the top of a building and needs your help to be rescued. Each time you answer a math question correctly, a helicopter gets closer to rescuing Dude. The faster you answer, the faster Dude is returned to safety.

In Around The World in 80 Seconds, you have 80 seconds to pilot a plane all around the globe. The faster you answer math questions, the faster you fly and the more exciting your journey becomes! In Around the World, you'll visit exotic locations like Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Sydney. Math practice and a geography lesson all rolled into one!

Houghton Mifflin Education Place

Houghton Mifflin is a well-known educational publisher for children. Their Education Place website also features tons of great resources, including online math games for children in grades 1 through 6. Choose the desired grade level, then click eGames to see the selection of available games.

For a first visit, I recommend trying out Math Lingo since it is much different than the other math games you'll find online. Players need to match up a math term or definition with an example on the game board. Math is a language, after all-- the language of numbers! Once you have three matches in a row, you win the game. The play style is a bit like Tic-Tac-Toe, but with math, of course!

RoboPacker is another Houghton Mifflin game with a unique premise. This game tests your child's understanding of two dimensional shapes. Players need to flip and rotate different shapes so that they fit into a larger two-dimensional template. On higher difficulty levels, this game can be quite a brain teaser, even for adults who know their shapes really well!

Conclusion

Many kids may think math is boring, but thanks to the internet, there are lots of different ways to learn about math while still having fun. What better way to get them learning such an essential skills for the road of life? Whether you're just learning addition or are a seasoned mathematics pro, online games are a great way to brush up on your number skills. With so many games backed by great education-based companies, it’s hard to go wrong.

And, of course, it doesn’t stop there! The internet is loaded full of free online tools for sophisticated mathematicians too. So as your child’s math skills grow, so can their repertoire of online learning tools. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect, and this is as true for adults as it is for kids!

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      Wacky Mummy 4 years ago from UK

      Great hub! Very useful :)