This Article is About
personal favourites
number game
times tables
flashcards
board games
learning experience
Games To Develop Numeracy Skills In Children
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Games To Develop Numeracy Skills In Children

Numeracy is defined as mathematical skills required to help us perform calculations, solve problems, make logical deductions, process information and interpret data. It is a basic life skill as we use it in our daily lives, be it in the supermarket, in school, at the office, at home, just about anywhere! It is hence, an important subject for children to pick up. But how should we teach our children Mathematics? I found that games are a great way to develop numeracy skills!

Teaching Children Mathematics In A Fun Way

In order for a child to learn, the best way is through play. When a child is playing, she doesn't realize she is actually absorbing information without any extraneous effort. After going through my daughter's numbers (1 to 100) flashcards, we followed it up with a "Look for the correct number" game. A game of "Hide and Seek" could also be used to enhance the learning experience, by hiding numbers 1 to 10 around the house, and getting your child to search for them!

Books with audio CDs are another great way for children to learn Mathematics in a fun way. I had got a "Times Table" book with audio CD for my daughter, and she loved it very much! The catchy songs from the CD takes the stress off learning Mathematics, and in fact, she was having fun singing along to the CD on times tables. It is a good way to learn, as it is multi-sensory, she is learning through her senses of sight (by looking at her book), sound (by listening to the audio CD) and taste (not literally, but through the experience of singing the times table).

Games to Develop Numeracy Skills

Board games are also good to develop numeracy skills in children, especially those who are just learning numbers 1 to 10. A few of our personal favourites are:

1. Ludo

The players choose a colour each, and have to ensure their colour counters reach their respective "Homes" first. They do this by rolling a dice, then moving forward based on the number on the dice. A child would be able to learn to identify numbers 1 to 6 based on the number of dots on the dice, and also learn to count 1 to 6 when they move their counters forward.

2. Snakes and Ladders

The objective of the game is to reach the 100 mark first. If players happen to land on the bottom of a ladder, they get to climb up the ladder, hence getting closer to the 100 mark. If on the other hand, a player lands on a snake's head, she would have to slide down all the way to the snake's tail, hence getting further away from the 100 mark.

In addition to learning 1 to 6 (the numbers on the dice, and the number of steps to move), a child would also learn the numbers 1 to 100, which are displayed on the Snakes and Ladders board. A parent could ask "Which number are you at?" to help the child remember her numbers, even as they are playing the game.

3. Monopoly Junior (Princess)

Players get to build castles (by paying money) and gets to collect rent if the opponent player lands on her castle. The first player to be bankrupt loses the game.

A very interesting way to introduce children to the concept of buying properties and collecting rent as passive income. Children also learn to handle money and addition and subtraction along the way!

What are your favourite games to develop numeracy skills in children? What other activities do you engage in to develop a love for Mathematics in your child?


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Working From Home Advantages - Are there Any?
Some people tend to think of working for yourself at home a quite solitary process but is that really the case. Sure, there are advantages to working in a big company surrounded by lots of work mates but what about working from home advantages. I only bring this up because…
By: Chris Evans in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Internet Marketing   May 16, 2012  
4
  Likes: 2

How You Mobile Game for Free Intend to Practice Your Current
Three Confirmed No cost Marketing techniques Bound to Make your Internet site Page views. Zero cost online dating sites expertise ensure that you get the ability plus freedom to make the decision exactly how you mobile game for free intend to practice your current adult dating internet mission. You place…
By: appgamenews in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Aug 14, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Kids Maths Games - Struggling to Get Them Involved In Learning Maths? Then Maybe Time to Change Your Approach!
Trying to teach young kids is hard as it is, but when you are set the task of teaching them maths, then suddenly everything becomes even harder. Maths has always been one of those subjects that people consider boring and difficult. So how can you teach Maths, without boring the…
By: Jon Bishop in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Mar 29, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Rethinking Math
When I was in school, math was my least-favorite subject. I had the bad habit of spending a great deal of time on subjects I liked, such as psychology and English, and very little time on math. I paid for my bad habit when I wound up repeating several math…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Sep 28, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Structured Approach to Success In Mathematics
Even if life is complicated, mathematics does not have to be and success in the subject is attainable if we adopt a structured approach to learning. Mathematics as an academic subject can be a challenge to the best of us, and the lack of a proper foundation in math often…
By: Anne13 in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Aug 05, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

How To Pick Lottery Numbers - Stop Throwing Your Money Away
Why do most people play the lottery? Ok the answer is obvious, they want more money, a better life, to provide more for their families and of course themselves. I am no different, even though, I know my odds are better of getting struck by lightening, I still throw my…
By: Justin 1 in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Oct 25, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Five Step Plan For Solving Math Word Problems
One of most dreaded assignments students have in math is solving word problems. If ever a student leaves out a question on an exam, you can be sure it would be a word problem. Part of the reason for this is difficulty in deciding what steps to take to analyze…
By: Lucy Graham in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Jan 24, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Do Students Develop Knowledge And Skills Via College Assignment Help?
College courses are advanced in course material and they demand lots of skills from students for successful course completion. Many shift their courses in the middle and make no proper entry into a suitable career. It is the choice of the course with an estimation of one's aptitude for the…
By: Sunil V Kumar in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Oct 21, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Math Tuition Centres In Singapore
Math tuition is one of the most in demand tuition services. With a number of establishments to choose from, it’s important to choose a learning centre that meets and fits your child’s unique competencies. To help you out, we’ve rounded up four of the best learning centres that provide quality…
By: Kevin Gee in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Aug 04, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Joining A Competent Learning Center is Beneficial
Learning centers can be called as the admired places to find a wide range of students that is enrolled in various educational programs. All these centers render quality tutoring services and several types of academic support to students. They frequently cater a nice environment and the best kind of individualized…
By: Natasha Holmes in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Dec 17, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Are You In Need Of Instant Trigonometry Homework Help?
Some subjects are complicated and needs tricks as well as tips to solve them. Such is Trigonometry, which is an essential part of Mathematics and requires for expert support that can solve the complicated projects. Generally, the students happen to complain that the reduced time limit to solve the problems.…
By: Sunil V Kumar in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Oct 08, 2015  
0
  Likes: 1

My Math Journey Chose My Major Naturally
Many people choose their major based on how much money they will make in that field, but I chose my major because I want a career doing something I love. I realized that it doesn’t matter how much money I make, that God will provide all of my needs if…
By: Marderius Appleberry in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Dec 07, 2012  
3
  Likes: 2

How Can I Teach My Young Child Mathematics
Teaching young children is a great thing; while at times difficult, it is a worth-while task. Thus, how can one teach their young child math? Let's talk about this, focusing on ages 1-5. Age 1-2 At this age, simply counting out loud together is a great thing to do. Counting…
By: Penny Saved in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Apr 09, 2013  
4
  Likes: 1

How to Start Algebra Learning?
Algebra is a major component of Math learning and it helps one in preparation for the challenges of life. Many students avoid Algebra due to lack of basic skills in the subject and try to shun Algebra classes. If a student tries to know the fundamentals of Algebra, his job…
By: Math Umpire in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Jul 23, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Kids Math Help - Make it Fun
If you have been searching for kids math help then read on, this article may be able to offer you a starting point. It is normal for people to struggle with the idea of maths - the same as it is normal for a lot of children to struggle with…
By: Chris Evans in  Reference and Education  >  Mathematics   Mar 15, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1252    Report this Article