Five games to have fun with maths in Years 5-6

These games will help enrich your child's reasoning and problem-solving skills as they enhance their knowledge of how numbers work, quantifying collections, patterning, algebra and probability. Help your child expand their mathematical skills using these five fun games. 

5-6

09 March 2021

 
 
 

Prime Climb

A colourful board game for ages 10 and up, Prime Climb combines strategy and luck as players battle to be the first to land both pawns in the 101 circle at the centre of the game board.

By rolling dice and choosing which operation you’d like to use, players can bump their opponent’s pawns off the board in this exciting race to 101! 

 
 
 

Mabble

Described as “crosswords with numbers”, Mabble is a mathematical version of Scrabble. Players use tiles to create equations, aiming to be the player with the highest score.

Mabble enriches reasoning skills as your child draws on their knowledge of algebra and operations to make, or add-on to, mathematical equations. Like most games, the whole family can enjoy this one at your next celebration or games night!

 
 
 

Yahtzee

Yahtzee is a great way for your child to enhance their skills in quantifying collections, understanding how numbers work and using operations. Combining both skills and luck, there’s a chance that probability might enter the conversation too!

The object of the game is to get the highest score. Players take turns rolling dice and meeting specific criteria to grow their score. Good luck rolling a Yahtzee!

 
 
 

Qwirkle

This is a game of spatial reasoning and strategising that you can enjoy with mathematicians young and old! This award-winning game involves matching colours and shapes on a set of tiles and using them to form rows and columns, similar to Sudoku.

Your child will need to use their knowledge of patterning, the operations and position as they carefully work out what and where to play!

 
 
 

Battleships

Battleships is another classic board game that can be enjoyed by players young and old. The goal is simple: Find the hidden battleships on your opponent's board by taking turns to eliminate coordinates using skills in reasoning and position.

As the game progresses, figuring out which squares are more likely to hold a ship can become easier… but the risk of getting struck down also increases!