Math isn't everybody's favorite subject, but it can be made more interesting with fun games that entertain and educate at the same time. There are dozens of board games made specifically for this purpose. There are also a number of math games that can be played for free online. Here are 15 sites that offer interactive math games guaranteed to engage even the most reluctant math students:
Tutpup - Tutpup is a fun site that allows kids to play educational games and compete with other children all over the world. Math games include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and algebra.
iknowthat.com - This free children's educational site provides standards based math games for PreK-6 students. Kids play in a social environment and are able to save scores, documents, and other accomplishments to show friends and family members.
Funbrain Math Arcade - The Funbrain Math Arcade features 25 arcade-style math games for elementary and middle school children. Visitors choose their learning level to play their first game. Every time a game is beat a new game is unlocked.
Math Playground - Created for elementary and middle school students, this comprehensive math site features math games, puzzles, videos, and other math activities that can be enjoyed online.
Illuminations - In addition to providing lesson plans and information about math standards, this NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) site offers more than 100 different online activities preK-12 students. Activities are sorted by grade level and can be easily located using the site's search feature.
NumberNut - NumberNut is a high quality site devoted entirely to math. Visitors can choose from basic math activities and advanced math activities.
Cool Math 4 Kids - Cool Math 4 Kids is a Net-Mom approved site where elementary and middle school students can play math games and solve puzzles online. The site also offers virtual math flashcards for extra math practice.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - This Utah State University site provides interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives for preK-12 students. Covered subjects include measurement, numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.
Arcademic Skill Builders - Arcademic Skill Builders features arcade-style math games that can be played alone or with a friend. The games can be played online and also work with the Nintendo Wii gaming system.
Sheppard Software - This site offers a new math quiz for every day of the week. Other site features include games that teach basic math, fractions, place value, money counting, telling time, and pre-algebra.
Math and Reading Help for Kids - In addition to offering hundreds of helpful articles and links to math resources, this site also provides several different fun and educational math games for kids. One of the best is Math Search, which combines addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with the traditional word search.
CyberBee - CyberBee provides several standards-based online math games for grades K-5. Visitors who are struggling with math can also use the site's visual math dictionary to gain a better understanding of various subjects.
Multiplication.com - Multiplication.com provides dozens of free interactive games designed to teach students multiplication tables. A new game is added each month.
Wired Math - Wired Math offers fun online math games, challenges, and exercises for grades 7-9. Activities are sorted by grade level and subject.
Math TV - This site features an extensive collection of math videos that can be played online. Videos cover a wide range of math topics, including basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.
Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about online school for OnlineSchool.net.
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