Physical Math Games for Children.

More and more educators are taking a new approach to teaching math, promoting not only computing skills but physical fitness as well!

Introducing physical activity into math games adds fun for the students. They not only reinforce the math they are learning but also get playtime and improve physical well being.

To introduce a game to your math students, write rules for the game using clear language that your students will understand. Written rules can help you remember the game from year to year and also help students remember how to play it. Make sure that your rules tell the students what to do in each step of the game and that they also state the objective of the game. By providing rules you are able to circumvent arguments between students about how the game is played. In addition, students are able to practice reading for information while they read the game’s rules.

If you’re using children’s literature as an inspiration for your game, read the book to the class before introducing the game. This hooks students, introduces them to the concept and generates excitement.

Here’s an idea: Explain the ancient race of horse-drawn chariots. Replicate the Olympic games by giving each student a straw and a cotton ball. Each team member competes by blowing the cotton ball from a starting point to a finish line. Have the students time each other using a stopwatch. Allow individual team winners to compete for the gold. Challenge the students to convert the race times from minutes to seconds or to total each team’s race times for a team prize.

Math is a subject that often requires repeated practice. Because motivating students to practice math problems can be a challenge, using math games in the classroom will help to keep them interested.

Math can get repetitive and monotonous for a typical elementary school student. Keeping your students engaged is critical to their learning.

Change it up. Play some online math games too.

Did you know that Monster Online provides opportunities for students to play free interactive math games through a knowledgebox link. Players can enjoy games such as, “Baseball Geometry,” to freshen up identifying and selecting skills concerning angles. Students can practice addition, multiplication and finding coordinates on a grid, with “Cowboy Math.” Simple addition and subtraction games can be found in “Big Count Bayou” while animal counting games or fraction conversions are found in the “Fraction Cafe.” Other online sources that provide free interactive math games are Sheppard Software, Fun Brain and CoolMath4Kids.

Hope this helps you.