One of the most successful ways of engaging children in mathematical thinking is to play a game with them. The playing is the fun part and the game is the place where the learning or the practicing takes place. The wonderful thing about games is that it is also fun time spent together. Playing games provides positive experiences and helps to boost confidence when children experience success.
Usually when we think of “maths games” we think of card or dice games designed to practice basic facts but there are many other types of games that build confidence and understanding in lots of areas of mathematics. The quick practice type of basic fact games are available through http://www.nzmaths.co.nz/number-knowledge-activities and http://www.nzmaths.co.nz/resources-students. A search online for “maths games” can provide you with lots of interactive games or printouts of simple board games using dice and counters.
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