Math Games to Engage the Brain and Explore Fundamental Concepts

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# Math Games to Engage the Brain and Explore Fundamental Concepts

Engaging math games for kindergarten and first grade that give students the opportunity to practice basic number skills including numeral recognition, number bonds, addition and subtraction, ten frames, shapes, and more.

### Math Games

Math games are a fun and a motivating way for students to practice various math skills in the classroom. They provide an opportunity for students to strengthen and build upon fundamental number concepts. Additionally, research supports playing games over drill techniques and timed tests when it comes to students mastering their math facts. We want students to build their understanding by actively engaging in math activities.

This post includes four different types of math games that can be used throughout the entire year. Teach each game once and then add it to your collection for students to play all year long. The skills may change, but the game objectives stay the same. All of the games listed below are great for learning centers or stations!

#### Math Game #1: Roll, Say, Keep

In this game, students place six cards on a mat. They roll 1 die and read the card. Students identify the number represented in a variety of ways. Addition and subtraction cards are also available. With so many different cards and math skills, you can easily differentiate within your classroom.

#### Math Game #2: Bump!

Your students will love playing these BUMP games. Once again, there are several math concepts that can be practiced.

#### Math Game #3: Numbers, Bonds, & Families

Not only are these games great for kindergarten and first grade, but also second grade and beyond, because they are editable!  Students practice numbers, number bonds, and fact families with these monthly themed games.

#### Math Game #4: Math Fluency

Using a math board game, students practice numbers to 10 and, addition and subtraction fluency to 10. This game is also editable! There are several different themed game boards to mix it up throughout the year.

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