Math Games for Gifted Children

Some children struggle with math, while others love it and can't get enough of numbers and all you can do with them. Those children who are math fans will love these number games. And those children who struggle with math - or just aren't all that fond of numbers - will have fun as they learn math functions. They might even begin to love numbers! Either way, you can't go wrong getting one of these games for your child.

This game is great for active little kids. Not only do they get to have some math fun, they get to jump around at the same time. In fact, jumping around is required! But kids can't get out of control with this game. They have to listen carefully for the equation the mat broadcasts, determine the answer, and then step on the number that is the right answer. If that sounds like it might get boring for a child who does well in math, then you might want to know that the game speeds up as the player's score goes up. The more right answers the child gets, the faster the game goes. The game has four different games and two different skill levels. Equations include addition and subtraction problems up to the number 20.

Ages 4-7

This game is an Oppenheim Best Toy award winner, and it's no wonder why. Players are stuck in a mucky swamp and the only way out is to make it around the board by adding and subtracting the numbers on the dice they roll at the start of their turn. There are two regular dice and one with plus and minus signs, which determine if the player adds or subtracts the numbers. There are also shortcut spaces players can land on, like "Crocodile Short Cut" and then there is the "Endless Loop." This is a game that helps kids learn basic math skills, allows them to practice those skills, and then just lets them have fun. Even the adults in the house can have fun with this game.

Ages 5 and up

This puzzle ball is like a cross between a Rubric's cube and Sudoku. It is a handheld puzzle made up of twenty triangular tiles with zero to three dots on each of their corners. There are yellow circular pegs on the ball around which the triangles are placed. Each peg has a number on it and the object is to fit five triangles around each peg so that the numbers of dots on the corners of the triangles pointing to the yellow peg add up to the number on the peg. So if a peg has the number 6 on it, the numbers on the five triangle corners have to add up to 6. Sound easy? If so, then you might not realize that there is more than one peg. There are more than two pegs. There are ten. All the corners have to add up the numbers on all the pegs all at the same time! Every math lover in the family will enjoy the challenge of this puzzle.

Ages 7 and up

This game is made up of six dice, a sand timer, and "head" cup that looks something like Einstein. Three of the dice are regular dice with numbers 1-6, and the other three are custom dice with the numbers 0, 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9. Players put the dice in the cup, shake, and then roll them out into a dice tray. Then they start the timer and begin coming up with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations using the numbers rolled.

Ages 7-10

Think Scrabble for mathematicians and you get an idea of what this game is. It has a board and tiles similar to a Scrabble game and players lay the tiles down in a similar way that tiles are laid down in Scrabble. But that's where the similarities end. Instead of scoring points by creating words, players score points by creating equations. Players get nine tiles, which include mathematical symbols as well as numbers. Players can add tiles both horizontally as well as vertically, just as players do in Scrabble, but the rather than adding letters to create words, they add numbers and symbols to create more equations.

Ages 8 and up

Sumoku is a numbers game that is something like a crossword puzzle. It comes with 96 tiles, a die, a travel pouch , and of course rules. Basically, players have to add up tiles to multiples of the number shown on the die. The tiles have a number from one to nine in circles of one to six colors. Players can add tiles horizontally or verically. To add to the fun, there are five variations of game play: speed sumoku, team sumoku, spot sumoku, and even solo sumoku, so someone could play alone.

Ages 9 and up


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