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Books about math

Children of all ages enjoy sharing books with a caring adult. Visit our Virtual Bookshelf for suggested titles that will help improve skills, foster positive attitudes toward math, and create opportunities for family togetherness. 

Online skills practice

There are so many online resources available for kids that it's hard to know where to begin. As part of our ongoing research and development, we have compiled a list of free, age-appropriate games that we believe are effective for practicing basic skills.  

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Kindergarten

Counting 

Speedy Pictures 1   A small quantity of dots, beads, eggs, or fingers is displayed for a few seconds, and the player clicks on the matching number. The quantities are displayed in groupings that lead children away from counting one by one, toward recognizing small groups, counting on, and adding to find the total.

Counting Fish   The player counts small numbers of animated fish. Talk to your child about different ways to count the fish, perhaps by finding groups of 2 or 3 fish. Players scoring 70% or better will move to the next level. Audio directions.

How Many Ants Do You See?   The player counts the ants and clicks on the corresponding number. Ants are grouped and color-coded in ways that help children practice counting strategies. Audio directions.

Ten Frame   Select from several games that challenge students to count objects, build numbers, or answer basic addition problems using a ten frame. A Five Frame is also available.

Number Order & Recognition

Connect the Dots with Artt Games   Connect dots by clicking on numbers in order to make a picture.

Sesame Street Name That Number   Locate this game by selecting "Name That Number" from the picture menu below the viewing screen. In this game, Big Bird asks viewers to click on a number (1-10) and then counts with objects. Audio directions. Site contains ads.

Basic Addition with Pictures

Speedy Pictures 2   Similar to Speedy Pictures 1, players race to beat a timer as they add the number of dots shown on 2 dice, the number of fingers shown on two hands, or the number of beads shown in two rows.

MathTappers: Find Sums   An iApp compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, this simple, free game uses ten frames and is designed to help learners make sense of addition. It's an excellent game to explore with your child while you're on the go.

Geometry

Shapes/Geometry   Complete puzzles by recognizing similarities and differences in shapes. As children master levels, the content gets progressively more difficult. The last stage includes an introduction to symmetry. Audio directions.

Dance Moves   Players explore positions (left, right, up, down) as they follow text & audio directions that tell where to move a dancing bear. This activity records how many dance moves the player can complete in a minute.

Repeating Patterns

Moon Rock Patterns   The player looks at a repeating pattern of colored dots and then chooses the dot that comes next. Ask your child to explain how he or she can tell what comes next and to show you where the pattern starts and where it ends. Levels become increasingly difficult.

More Games

The sites below contain some of the best games for elementary math students to play at home. Look through the sites to find other games for your child.

ABCya!

Johnnie's Math Page

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Grade 1

Counting

Speedy Pictures 1   A small quantity of dots, beads, eggs, or fingers is displayed for a few seconds, and the player clicks on the matching number. The quantities are displayed in groupings that lead children away from counting one by one, toward recognizing small groups, counting on, and adding to find the total.

Counting Fish   The player counts small numbers of animated fish. Talk to your child about different ways to count the fish, perhaps by finding groups of 2 or 3 fish. Players scoring 70% or better will move to the next level. Audio directions.

How Many Ants Do You See?   The player counts the ants and clicks on the corresponding number. Ants are grouped and color-coded in ways that help children practice counting strategies. Audio directions.

Ten Frame   Select from several games that challenge students to count objects, build numbers, or answer basic addition problems using a ten frame. A Five Frame is also available.

Number Sequencing

Numerical Order   Players put numbers in order from 1-10. Advanced levels include numbers from 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, etc. Audio directions.

Super Connect the Dots!   In these connect the dot pictures, you set the counting sequence. For example, you could set the sequence to "2" and have your child practice counting by 2s while forming a picture. Before you begin, practice the counting sequence aloud with your child. Consider using counting sequences of 1s, 2s, 5s, or 10s.

Basic Addition

Speedy Pictures 2   Similar to Speedy Pictures 1, players race to beat a timer as they add the number of dots shown on 2 dice, the number of fingers shown on two hands, or the number of beads shown in two rows.

Addition with Manipulatives   Players see and hear an addition problem. They can drag marbles onto a work surface to help them figure out the problem. Play includes five levels of addition, starting with simple 1 digit problems. Players must score 70% or greater to advance levels. Audio directions.

Bonds of Ten   Set a whale free by adding pipe sections with numbers to make ten. Before your child begins, talk about the number combinations that make ten. You might even look at different ways to make ten using game pieces, marbles, or pennies. Children may need some help to get started. No audio instructions.

MathTappers: Find Sums   An iApp compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, this simple, free game uses ten frames and is designed to help learners make sense of addition. It's an excellent game to explore with your child while you're on the go.

Basic Subtraction

Balloon Pop Subtraction   View a subtraction problem and pop balloons to figure out the solution. 3 levels of difficulty available as well as audio directions.

Repeating Patterns

Moon Rock Patterns   The player looks at a repeating pattern of colored dots and then chooses the dot that comes next. Ask your child to explain how he or she can tell what comes next and to show you where the pattern starts and where it ends. Levels become increasingly difficult.

More Games

The sites below contain some of the best games for elementary math students to play at home. Look through the sites to find other games for your child.

ABCya!

Johnnie's Math Page

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Grade 2

Addition

Speedy Pictures 2 Players race to beat a timer as they add the number of dots shown on two dice, the number of fingers shown on two hands, or the number of beads shown in two rows.

Math Lines The player races to pair numbers that add up to 10. Before your child plays, review the pairs of numbers that add up to 10. Site contains ads.

Addition with Manipulatives Players see and hear an addition problem. They can drag marbles onto a work surface to help them figure out the problem. Play includes five levels of addition, starting with simple 1 digit problems. Players must score 70% or greater to advance levels. Audio directions.

Speed Grid Addition Players select two numbers from a grid that equal the given sum. Timed game.

Subtraction

Speed Grid Subtraction Players select two numbers from a grid that equal the given difference. Timed game.

Balloon Pop Subtraction View a subtraction problem and pop balloons to figure out the solution. 3 levels of difficulty available as well as audio directions.

Number Pyramid Help Molly through the pyramid doors by completing addition and subtraction number sentences with the correct number or symbol. Choose from 3 levels of difficulty.

Place Value

Number Sense PBS Cyberchase game in which player must create a 3-digit number bigger than Hacker's.

Telling Time

Learn to Tell Time Select type of clock and drag hands or click time button to record the correct time.

Money

Coin Combo Players click on coins to equal total money value shown. Coins continually fall in columns; when a column fills, game is over. Levels increase in difficulty, starting with nickels & dimes and small money values and increasing to larger coins and money amounts.

Learn to Count Money Players count money by clicking & dragging coins & bills into box. The game becomes progressively more difficult as students master levels. Level 1, count to 99 cents. Level 2, count to $10. Level 3, count to $100. Also choose from beginner level (using any combination of coins) and expert levels (using least number of bills & coins.)

Fractions

Identifying Fractions Game Identify which picture of a pizza represents the given fraction. Use arrow keys to choose the correct pizza. Select from 4 levels of difficulty. Turn off timer and sound if desired. One or two player game. Site contains ads.

Hundreds Grid

Give the Dog a Bone Find 10 "bones" by identifying numbers on a blank 100's grid.

More Games

The sites below contain some of the best games for elementary math students to play at home. Look through the sites to find other games for your child.
ABCya!

BBC Bitesize (skip money games on this British site)

Johnnie's Math Page

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Grade 3

Basic Addition

Speed Grid Addition Players select two numbers from a grid that equal the given sum. Timed game.

Math Lines The player races to pair numbers that add up to 10. Before your child plays, review the pairs of numbers that add up to 10. Site contains ads.

Basic Subtraction

Speed Grid Subtraction Players select two numbers from a grid that equal the given difference. Timed game.

Larger Addition

Falling Problems A beat-the-clock game in which the player has to decide whether an addition or subtraction combination will be less than or greater than 10. In a more challenging version, the player decides whether an addition or subtraction combination will be less than or greater than 100. This game is great for developing number sense and estimation skills.

Larger Subtraction

Falling Problems A beat-the-clock game in which the player has to decide whether an addition or subtraction combination will be less than or greater than 10. In a more challenging version, the player decides whether an addition or subtraction combination will be less than or greater than 100. This game is great for developing number sense and estimation skills.

Basic Multiplication

Times Square This game provides practice with multiplication facts as players race to be the first to get 4 products in a row on the game board. Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Factor Dazzle Players score points for finding all the factors of target numbers set by their opponents. Your child may need some support to get started. Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Multiplication Grand Prix Up to 4 players compete in this race car game by entering basic facts. Students can race one another or play against the computer.

All Basic Facts

Math Magician Specify facts to practice. Select from addition, subtraction, multiplication & division. Timed. 

Money: Subtraction with Decimal Numbers

Making Change The player finds the difference between a price and the amount of money paid. Then the player shows that change using the fewest coins and bills possible. Talk to your child about some ways to calculate the amount of change mentally. For example, can he or she add up from the price to the amount paid to figure the difference? Site contains ads.

Telling Time

Bang On Time The time is displayed in words. A player stops the clock when hands are in the correct position.

Watch and Learn An extensive list of links to games and activities to practice telling time.

Fractions

Identifying Fractions Game Identify which picture of a pizza represents the given fraction. Use arrow keys to choose the correct pizza. Select from 4 levels of difficulty. Turn off timer and sound if desired. One or two player game. Site contains ads.

More Games

The sites below contain some of the best games for elementary math students to play at home. Look through the sites to find other games for your child.
ABCya!

BBC Bitesize (skip money games on this British site)

Calculation Nation (register or use guest pass; for upper elementary & middle grades)

Cyberchase

Johnnie's Math Page

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Grade 4

Multiplication

Times Square  This game provides practice with multiplication facts as players race to be the first to get 4 products in a row on the game board. Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Factor Dazzle  Players score points for finding all the factors of target numbers set by their opponents. Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Table Numbers  Choose a factor between 2 and 9. Then view 3 different numbers, and select the one that is a multiple of the chosen factor.

MathTappers: Multiples  App compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad for math practice on the go. This is a simple, free game designed to help learners make sense of multiplication & division using visual models.

Amoeba Multiplication Game   Look for "Written Multiplication Game." This activity breaks multi-digit multiplication problems into partial products to solve. Excellent practice with larger multiplication. Beginner level includes 1 digit x 2 digit; Advanced level uses 3 digit x 2 digit.

Division

Sum Sense Division  Drag & drop numbers cards to make a division sentence. Also see Sum Sense Multiplication Ordering cards correctly provides an entirely different way to review basic multiplication and division.

Drag Race Division  Race to answer basic division problems. Students can race one another or play against the computer.

Fractions

Dig It  Players take turns digging in a field loaded with precious stones. The object is to collect as much dirt and as many stones as possible. Players tell the shovel where to dig by using a set of numbers to make a fraction--including improper fractions--and then locating that fraction on a number line that runs across the field. The more accurately they locate the fraction, the better their score. Students may need some help to get started. Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Fraction Feud  Players use number "cards" to create fractions that are larger (or smaller) than their opponents' in a series of mock jousts. See the "fraction bar chart" to figure out how big a fraction is in relation to an opponent's. Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Drop Zone  Players add fractions that will total 1 as they race to win 5 points in this action-packed game. Develops fraction sense, estimation, and skill at adding fractions with like and unlike denominators. A winner! Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Melvin's Make a Match   Match a visual model to a fraction number by pairing bottles with equivalent fractions in this Cyberchase game.

MathTappers: Estimate Fractions   In this free App for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, students relate fractions (symbols & pictures) to the nearest half. Then they use fraction estimates in addition & subtraction problems. Excellent game to use while on the go.

Geometry

neXtu  Players place shapes on a tessellating game board, collecting points and capturing opponent's pieces. Math concepts include: Greater Than, Less Than, Tessellations, and Symmetry.

Symmetry  Players create symmetrical figures and find lines of symmetry in this futuristic mission.

More Games

The sites below contain some of the best games for elementary math students to play at home. Look through the sites to find other games for your child.
ABCya!

BBC Bitesize Level 1 (skip money games on this British site)

BBC Bitesize Level 2

Calculation Nation (register or use guest pass; for upper elementary & middle grades)

Cyberchase

Johnnie's Math Page

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Grade 5

Multiplication

Factor Dazzle Players score points for finding all the factors of target numbers set by their opponents. Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Amoeba Multiplication Game Look for "Written Multiplication Game." This activity breaks multi-digit multiplication problems into partial products to solve. Excellent practice with larger multiplication. Beginner level includes 1 digit x 2 digit; Advanced level uses 3 digit x 2 digit.

Division

Sum Sense Division Drag & drop numbers cards to make a division sentence. Also see Sum Sense Multiplication Ordering cards provides an entirely different way to review basic multiplication and division.

Bamzooki Multiplication & Division Help the Bamzookis by solving multiplication & division problems. Problems include single digit multiplication, 2 digit x 1 digit multiplication, and 3 digit/1 digit division with remainders.

Fractions

Dig It Players take turns digging in a field loaded with precious stones. The object is to collect as much dirt and as many stones as possible. Players tell the shovel where to dig by using a set of numbers to make a fraction--including improper fractions--and then locating that fraction on a number line that runs across the field. The more accurately they locate the fraction, the better their score. Students may need some help to get started. Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Fraction Feud Players use number "cards" to create fractions that are larger (or smaller) than their opponents' in a series of mock jousts. See the "fraction bar chart" to figure out how big a fraction is in relation to an opponent's. Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Drop Zone Players add fractions that will total 1 as they race to win 5 points in this action-packed game. Develops fraction sense, estimation, and skill at adding fractions with like and unlike denominators. A winner! Use "guest pass" to enter game list & play against the computer.

Adding Fractions This activity challenges students to use pictures to help add fractions with unlike denominators.

MathTappers: Estimate Fractions In this free App for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, students relate fractions (symbols & pictures) to the nearest half. Then they use fraction estimates in addition & subtraction problems. Excellent game to use while on the go.

Convert Fractions to Decimals Crack this BBC Maths futuristic mission by converting fractions to decimals. The game provides a calculator to help convert fractions to decimals.

Geometry

Building Houses with Side Views View plans for a structure from top, front, and right views. Then build it.

3D Shapes Futuristic mission in which players use knowledge of 3D shapes to escape Roboidz.

More Games

The sites below contain some of the best games for elementary math students to play at home. Look through the sites to find other games for your child.
ABCya!

BBC Bitesize (skip money games on this British site)

Calculation Nation (register or use guest pass; for upper elementary & middle grades)

Cyberchase

Johnnie's Math Page

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives