# Here are 7 Mental Maths games that can be played at home. These maths games promote number sense and mental math abilities.

Games give kids maths practice while having fun. If your child hates the rote learning side of math games can give then the practice they need.

**1. Throw the dice**

Use two large dice that have numbers up to 10. Each player takes a turn throwing the dice and have to decide whether adding, subtracting, multiplying the two numbers would be the best strategy. Score one point for each correct answer.

**2. Beat the calculator**

This is a game everyone can play to improve mental math. One player has a calculator and types in a calculation. Player A says the calculation out loud. . Player B uses the calculator to figure out the answer. First person to shout out the answer wins.

**3.Mental Math Card game**

Remove the picture cards from a deck of playing cards. Place the remaining cards in a pile. Take turns to turn over the top two cards. Players add, subtract or multiply. The first player to give the correct answer keeps the cards. The player with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

**4. Math Snap**

Make your own math snap cards. Make one set of cards with answers. Another set with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, depending on your child’s math level. Share cards between players. Players take turns turning over top card. If cards are a match players snap by placing hand on top of cards. Player with the most cards is the winner.

**5. Concentration**

Provide a set of math cards and matching answer cards. Place the cards face down in rows.

Players take turns to turn over two cards to try to match a fact card with an answer card. They keep matching pairs. The player with the most pairs when all the cards have been matched is the winner.

**6. Go fish**

Provide a set of math cards and matching answer cards. Deal five cards to each player. Players take turns to ask each other for a matching fact or answer card. The player with the most pairs at the end of the game is the winner.

e.g. If they are holding a card that says 3 x 5, they would say Do you have a 15?

**7. Number facts competition with dominoes**

Each player places half a set of dominoes face down in front of them. One player acts as referee.

Players take turns to turn one of their dominoes face up so other players can see it. They add/subtract/multiply the number of spots on each end of the domino together.

The first player to say the correct answer keeps the domino. If the referee decides it was a tie, the domino is removed from play. The player with the most dominoes at the end of the game is the winner.

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