I love to use and create games for teaching and learning mathematics.
Here you will find some more recent versions of games packs and other offerings as I get a chance to add to them.
These are not all mine, some are traditional games here at GVSU, and some have undoubtedly come from other sources.
It's noted when I know it.
- Gameshandout Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. (Or in one Word file.) This is not meant to printed whole (40+ pages) but select and print as needed. (The pdf parts are at breaks for change to landscape from portrait...)
- Highschool Pack: GameshandoutHS. Not all HS content, but also included are easily adaptable games.
- Gameboards pack: gameboardpack.doc
Number cards pack: CardsPack. As a Word file. Or pdfs for individual cards:
Note: Some 2-sided printing is necessary to get the cards right.
I did an adaptation to a classic reasoning card game called Eleusis, and then got to discuss it with the original author. His page is a great one, so please check out Robert Abbot's homepage, the Eleusis page, or one of his logic mazes at Games magazine
There are two of my old games pages: here
and here. They are in html if you want to browse online.
The online games store I most commonly frequent is Fun Again. Good commercial math games include:
But in general, strategy games are good for math. Classics like Backgammon, Chess, Connect Four, or Solitaire (especially Pyramid Solitaire for grades 2-3), or more modern games like Magic, Pokemon, or Settlers of Catan. I would also encourage you to checkout Cheapass Games which often have very nice design and cheap to produce materials. Just like we need for school!
- Beat the Count (early counting, numeral recognition)
- Blokus (great strategy/sequential reasoning)
- Category 5 (2 digit number comparison and difference estimation)
- Kataminos (geometry transformations, puzzle reasoning)
- Mastermind (deduction game extraordinaire)
- Rat-a-Tat-Cat (single digit number comparison, probability)
- Ricochet (2-digit number ordering/comparison)
- Set (characteristics, sorting)
For materials, the least expensive place I have found is Nasco. (I love the AI Abacus aka rekenrek.) Dice, counters, 2-color counters, number cards... load up!