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Count your way to fun times with math games every child will love
Your child will dominate the math and science realm when you supply her with a variety of math games to help strengthen her skills while letting her have fun at the same time. It used to be that math was learned through tables and flash cards, but modern technology and educational psychology have helped us to understand that children learn best through play. New math and counting toys rely on play to be the driving force behind learning, and sneak in a little education in the process. From basic building sets to fancy electronic learning systems to science learning toys, there are many toys out there that can help your child get ahead in the math department.
Math games for the youngest children will look a lot more like play toys than games. Basic block sets and Legos are perfect for learning counting and addition skills. After all, many model builds ask your child to select three red blocks and two yellow blocks to make a five block construction. Without even thinking about it, your child is learning to count, add and subtract in a very real and three-dimensional way. Of course, it doesn't hurt to play a few games at the same time. Many games like hopscotch help children learn numbers and counting through kinesthetic activities. Sidewalk chalk is great for making larger and more complex hopscotch courts, or you can buy a hopscotch play mat that already has the numbers painted on.
Board games and card games are also great games for learning math skills. Kids can learn to count dots on dominoes and match them up with similar partners. Card games can teach children counting skills as they learn numbers alongside physical representations in the four suites of diamond, spades, clubs and hearts. Fast-paced games like UNO rely on number recognition in order to get a winning score. Of course, there are also plenty of dedicated math flash card games that encourage children to use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in order to win the game.
Perhaps the most popular math games these days come as applications or games for electronic learning systems. These games typically feature adventures with characters form popular television shows and movies. As the characters approach a villain or dilemma, your child must solve a math or counting equation to beat the level. Many of these games use skills from multiple subject areas, which means that your child may have to solve a scientific equation in order to beat the level, teaching concepts like gravity and angles along with the traditional math skills every kid needs to know.
Whether you are looking for math games that help put your child ahead of the class or you just want your child to play games that will help advance his learning, you can rest assured that these games will be as beloved as your child's other playthings. Start your search for the perfect math game at Kmart, where you will find a large selection of educational toys that cover a wide range of disciplines for children in every age group.