Five games to have fun with maths in Years 1-2

These five games are a great way to have fun and help your child develop their ability to think mathematically.

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26 February 2021

 
 
 

Blokus

This award-winning game of strategy is an enjoyable way for your child to enhance their spatial reasoning skills and explore area and position.

How do they win? They need to be the player with the most pieces on the board at the end of the game. The players take turns placing coloured tiles on the board. The tiles must have a corner touching another corner of a tile of the same colour, but they cannot be placed edge-to-edge. Good luck reasoning your way into a winning position!

 
 
 

Checkers

This two-player board game is a classic and helps enhance your child’s problem-solving and spatial reasoning skills. As they move across the board, players have to make careful decisions to help them outwit their opponent!

By moving game pieces diagonally and always forward on a checkerboard, your child’s goal is to remove all of the other player’s pieces from the board or put them in a position where they cannot move. They remove the other player's pieces by “jumping” over them. To win, they’ll need to be able to think and plan a few steps ahead!

 
 
 

SET

SET is a card game that uses a specially designed deck with 81 unique cards. The standard game involves laying down no more than 12 cards on a table, with the players finding sets of cards with certain features.

It’s a great way to develop skills in patterning and probability, with the odds of finding a set increasing as the game continues.

 
 
 

Mancala

This ancient game is a great way to help your child work on their problem-solving and reasoning skills as they quantify collections and try to outwit you!

While there are many variations of this game, it usually involves two players and the game ends when one player has captured all of their opponent’s pieces.

 
 
 

Jenga

A game of Jenga will involve you and your child carefully removing blocks out of the tower, and then placing them carefully on top. The person that collapses the tower loses and the game is over.

Jenga by itself is fun enough, but it also supports ideas about 3D objects, mass, equivalence and also basic engineering concepts like balance, load and position.