# March Is Math Month:  Enjoy Math Games To Build Math Skills

Mar 10, 2017
You and your child may both dread math, and you probably feel as though there’s nothing you can do to help build your child’s math skills. Think again! You use math more frequently than you think because it has become an automatic skill for you.

The list below shares 10 math games for you to play with your children to incorporate math fun into their daily lives!

1.  Keep score.
Kids love sports and games, so play up the role of scorekeeper and “statistics manager.” Help them see the various ways to slice and dice the numbers of a game — most singles in a game since last month, fewest errors in a game against the Bluebirds, highest attendance ever, etc. Let the kids come up with categories.
2.  Use manipulatives.
Manipulatives are objects that kids can, well, manipulate to visualize the numbers they’re working with. Use egg cartons and raw macaroni to count out arithmetic problems, for example, or make piles of paper clips, toy soldiers, checkers, marbles or gummy bears to visualize counting by five or ten.
3.  Learn to estimate.
Show kids how important it is to learn to estimate. Estimate with them some fun concept — how many slices of pepperoni on the pizza, how many coins in a piggy bank, how many toys on the floor or how many steps to the second floor? Estimate, then count to check accuracy.
4.  Tell time.
Telling time is math too. Make a game out of figuring out how long it will take to get somewhere in the family car. Ask questions such as, “What time should we leave to get to church at 10 if it takes us 15 minutes to get there? What time should we get up? Have breakfast?”