Math centers are a lot more fun when games are involved. Let your students explore the fun and educational math skills games on these 11 free websites. They encourage practice with everything from sorting and counting to tessellations and fractions. Be sure to print out the free downloadable at the end with all of the sites listed. It is a great resource to hang by your students’ computers.
1. Fun Brain
Find math games by topic or by grade at FunBrain. Students will enjoy playing a variety of math games that reinforce concepts and engage young learners.
2. Math Blaster
The message to Math Blaster’s is clear: “Your success depends on your ability to use your brain and logic skills.” With a space/alien theme, Math Blaster’s lets your students become intergalactic heros based on their math operation and critical thinking skills. Registration is required, but the game itself is free. Be sure to check out the Teacher Section to find Math Blaster for the Classroom.
From the Multiplication Grand Prix to the Knight and the Princess, students can practice their basic math skills in a fun and engaging way. There are additional resources available for parents and teachers to help reinforce and teach skills. Check out the Classroom Games section for off-line fun.
4. Learn Zillion
Find lessons that complement what you are studying in the classroom based on the Common Core Standards for grades 3-9. While less of a “math game” site than some of the others on the list, Learn Zillion provides a strong, comprehensive approach to online math education. Take time to explore the free resources available to teachers and parents.
5. Hooda Math
Logic and reasoning, math fact practice, and more make up the free educational games at Hooda Math. There are quite a few games that call for higher order thinking and ask students to problem solve to complete the activities.
6. Manga High
Mange High offers free and subscription packages to classroom and homeschool teachers. The free site allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others. The subscription version gives teachers the opportunity to track students’ progress and see where there are gaps in their basic skills.
7. Math Game Time
Designed for students from Pre-K through 7th Grade, Math Game Time offers fun, educational games. From games like Integer War, Ratio Martian, and Jet Ski Addition, students quickly engage with games that are on-target for their grade and the Common Core Standards.
8. Math Playground
“Play with Numbers and Give Your Brain a Workout” is the motto of Math Playground. Assign students games to play related to logic, number skills practice, geometry, algebra, probability, fractions and more. There are also math word problems and video instruction to help students remember how to solve them. Does your school use Singapore Math?
Math Playground has a section dedicated just to it.
America’s CryptoKids website is sponsored by the NSA and focuses on codemaking and sodebreaking. Students can learn more about cryptology and create and break common codes. There are student resources, high school programs, and even college programs that can be explored. While the site may not focus on basic math skills, cryptology requires critical thinking that essential to student success.
10. BBC KS2 Bitesize
Math practice with a bit of British humor is what Bitesize is all about. Based off of Britain’s standards, the site still
offers ample practice with decimals, factors and multiples,
addition and subtraction, and more. The games are
amusing, but the skill practice is substantial.
11. Cool Math Games
Coolmath-Games has exactly what the name implies – fun and unique math learning opportunities for students. One of the most interesting features is an online jigsaw puzzle section that features a variety of photos turned into puzzles. This is especially helpful for developing spatial relations in young learners. They have an extensive preview and review of Precalculus and Calculus in addition to their elementary and middle school games and reviews.
It is a comprehensive site worth examining.
Download a Free Printable Resource with all 11 Free Math Sites for Kids.