Are you a home schooling parent struggling to keep your kids focused on math? Many kids would much rather be playing their favorite sport, talking with their friends, or playing a video game than learning their multiplication tables. These distractions are that much harder to avoid when they’re within reach.

One of the ways you can help get your child interested in math at home is to introduce them to some educational games. These may be played online or on your living room floor. Take some time to check out this list of math games and resources. Some are online games, while others are instructions for creating math activities at home.

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## Addition and Subtraction

• Helicopter Rescue – In the “Count On & Back” section of this game, students are asked to “count on” or “count back” from given numbers in order to rescue people in need. Once the correct answer is selected, the helicopter zooms in to rescue characters in the game.
• Minus Mission – Kids must use the laser to shoot down blobs of slime. Each blob contains a subtraction problem, and players must shoot down the slime whose problem matches the given difference.
• Callum’s Addition Pyramid – Correctly add together the numbers given on the pyramid to gain points. Once you’ve reached 1000 points, you get to see what is inside the mummy’s tomb.
• “Sum Sense” – Arrange the numbered cards into the correct order to complete single-digit addition problems. Your time is limited, though, so add quickly!
• “Number Pyramid” – Students solve addition problems in order to help Molly get out of the Egyptian pyramid. This game teaches basic addition while making use of great animation that will keep your child’s attention.
• “Rock Hopper” – The objective of this game is to get the frog to the large, numbered rock. Only by correct addition can players reach the large rock.
• “Mayan Math Monster” – Quickly solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division problems in order to defeat the math monster located in a Mayan temple. This encourages rapid mental math skills.

## Multiplication and Division

• “Galaxy Explorer!” – This fast-paced game improves division skills. Players navigate through an outer space environment collecting items and trying to avoid aliens. Certain items require you to solve a division problem before continuing.
• “Grand Prix Multiplication” – Players compete against others online in order to win the race. The racecars are propelled by the player solving multiplication problems. Your child will want to know their multiplication tables so they can win the race!
• “Demolition Division” – Each tank has a division problem. Your job is to destroy the tank that contains the problem that matches your blaster’s answer.
• “Math Man” – Similar to Pac-Man, Math Man’s power-ups allow you to eat the ghosts that pursue you. However, you can only eat the ghost whose answer matches the math problem at the bottom of your screen.
• “Cave Run Division” – Direct the explorer through the cave, collecting coins along the way. Solving division problems correctly will give you bonus coins. Be careful not to fall!
• “Three-Digit Numbers” – Players are given word problems to solve that require division. Answer enough questions correctly, and you will unlock higher levels.
• “Croc Doc” – You will be given a division problem at the bottom of your screen. Answer by choosing the crocodile with the correct answer, and you will get to brush the crocodile’s teeth.

## Fractions and Decimals

• “Escape From Fraction Manor” – Cleo the Cat needs help getting out of the haunted Fraction Manor. Solve fraction problems in order to navigate him through the manor and help him escape.
• “Who Wants to Be a Hundredaire” – Answer multiple choice questions that deal with factors and fractions. Answering enough questions correctly will earn you \$100 pretend-dollars!
• “Sea Life” – Experience an underwater adventure as you solve decimal problems. This game helps to improve recognizing place value and rounding decimals.
• “The Decimals Cruncher” – For practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals, check out the Decimals Cruncher. Students can compare percentages with one another and compete for higher scores.
• “Decimal Bowler” – Add decimals together in an attempt to get a strike. Correct answers bowl a strike, while incorrect answers lead to a gutter ball.
• “Fraction Game” – In this challenging activity, players must determine what fractions are less than the displayed card. This will allow you to move your markers to the finish line by using as few cards as you can.
• “Find Grampy” – Find Grampy by estimating what fraction of the fence he is hiding behind. Students will learn how to estimate fractions while getting a good laugh in the process.

## Geometry and Graphing

• “Grid Game for Kids” – Test your graphing skills by parking the car at the given coordinates. New coordinates are given after each successful attempt.
• “Scruffy’s Lab” – Scruffy will show you the outline of a shape that is contained in a mystery box. Your job is to select the correct shape from a list of choices.
• “Bugs in the System” – Drag the bugs to the column that corresponds with their color. This will create a bar graph which will show you how many of each kind of bug have been let loose in the room.
• “Assemble the Square” – Use the different-sized rectangles to assemble the given square. Take your time and concentrate because this can be a challenge.
• “Area Explorer” – Students will be shown a shaded portion of a graph and asked to identify the area. There is also an option to add questions about the perimeter of the shape.
• “Angles” – This fun memory game asks players to match types of angles with the correct number of degrees. Students will increase their knowledge of angles while strengthening their memory.
• “Catch the Fly” – Type in the coordinates of where the fly lands. Entering the correct coordinates will allow the frog to eat the fly.

## Algebra

• “Algebra Meltdown” – Scientists are requesting solutions to their equations. Give them the numbers they need or they’ll get angry and you will lose points.
• “Pre-Algebra Game” – Add, subtract, or multiply to solve the equations given through this equation generator. See how fast you can solve the equation!
• “Pirate Algebra” – Have a battle on the high seas by solving algebraic equations. Correct answers fire an accurate cannon shot at your opponent.
• “Circle Addition Equation” – Select the correct number that solves the given equation. Move quickly because after 3 strikes, you’re out!
• “X Equals Algebra Game” – Solve the equation for ‘x’ one step at a time. Once you get the ‘x’ by itself, you have solved the equation.
• “Algebra Foods” – This game teaches equation-solving principles by asking players to find the prices of each food.
• “MatchIt Definitions” – Kindergarten students are able to learn algebraic concepts by matching the algebra terms with their definition. It’s never too early to start learning algebra.

## Math Games

• Sudoku Puzzles – Sudoku puzzles help to improve problem-solving skills and critical thinking. This Sudoku generator allows students to play this fun game for free.
• Math Racing Game – Players try to win the race by answering various math questions.
• “Math for the Fun of It” – Learning math should be a fun experience. You can learn here about some great math activities to do with your elementary students.
• “Math at the Grocery Store” – Connect to the real world by teaching your child math at your local grocery store!
• “Family Math Games” – Math doesn’t have to be learned in the confines of a classroom. Take some time to learn and practice math as a family with these fun games.
• Math Bingo – Learn here how to create your own game of math bingo. Printable bingo cards are also available.
• “Fun Maths at Home” – Educator Andrew Jeffrey teaches you some very engaging math games through a series of short videos. His proven methods are sure to brighten your math lessons.
• Measuring Puzzle – Students read the puzzle and attempt to answer the question. Puzzle solutions are available.

## Math Resource Websites

• Graphing Calculator – The GeoGebra graphing calculator is a great resource for any high school student. The tools accompanying this calculator allow students to graph virtually any equation or function.
• Worksheet Generator – This worksheet generator covers a wide variety of math concepts. Answers for the worksheets accompany the workable problems.
• Proving the Pythagorean Theorem – The videos from TedEd serve as great audio/visual companions to your math lessons. This video connects to the real world while showing various ways to prove the Pythagorean Theorem.
• Multiplication Tables Practice – Here students can get practice learning their multiplication tables while learning how to look for patterns. It also familiarizes students with inequalities.
• Practice with Derivatives – If your high school student is learning calculus, this page offers some practice for finding derivatives. Solutions accompany the practice problems.
• Printable Number Lines – This site allows you to generate and print number lines of your choice.
• Bar Graph Generator – Students can generate bar graphs to accompany class projects.

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