Top 30 Math Games And Puzzles For Kids

Math Puzzles And Games For Kids

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The word ‘math’ can strike fear into the hearts of many children. And for mommies like you, helping your kid with the math homework can mean cold sweats and have you reaching for the calculator. Yes, you can access websites and phone applications to teach your kid math, but you need a long time solution to rid your little one’s fear of math. That’s where math games for kids come to our rescue.

Using games and puzzles to teach him math is not just effective, but also entertaining for both you and your tot. So, here are 30 math puzzles with answers, games and activities for your child that will make learning arithmetic a fun-filled rather than an arduous task.

15 Fun Maths Puzzles For Kids:

So get ready to learn some cool maths puzzle games to keep your child engaged throughout.

1. Calendar Puzzle:

  • Suppose in three days it will be Thursday, we’re sure that most of you can easily guess that today is Monday.
  • So if yesterday was two days before Monday, what day is it today? Yes, yes, it’s a Sunday you guessed it right. You must have got the idea by now.
  • So here’s the question from the National Mathematics Contest.
  • Three days ago, yesterday was the day before Sunday. What day will it be tomorrow?

Solution:
Thursday

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2. 10 Digit Number:

Have your child find a ten digit number, where the first digit should be the number of zeroes in the ten digit number, the second should be the number of 1s and so on. (The tenth digit should be the number of 9s in the number).

Solution:

6210001000

3. Alphabet Numbers:

Tell your child to write the largest and smallest numbers using each letter in the alphabets.

Solution:

  • NOUGHT or ZERO
  • FIVE or THOUSAND
  • MINUS or FORTY

4. Ancestral Puzzle:

Horace was looking through his family photographs. He saw a photo of each of his parents, grandparents, right up to his great grandparents.

How many photos were there in the album altogether?

Solution:

  • 2 parents
  • 4 grandparents
  • 8 great-grandparents
  • 16 great-great-grandparents
  • 32 great-great-great-grandparents
  • 62 photos in all.

5. Pies Eating Puzzle:

Santa Claus has to hop from one place to another while delivering presents. Every time he visits a house, the hosts offer him a mince pie and a glass of sherry. Santa can easily manage all the sherry, but it gets difficult for him to eat all the mince pies. So Willy came to his help.

Last year, Santa finished several rounds of mince pies, with loads to spare. He gave 25 million to Willy. It takes Willy just 10 seconds to eat a mince pie. So how long did he take to eat all the 25 million mince pies? How many years, days, hours and weeks?

Solution:

Seven years, 338 days, 12 hours, 26 minutes and 40 seconds!

6. Wolves And Lamb Puzzles:

Six Wolves can catch just six lambs in six minutes. So how many wolves will they need to catch 60 lambs in sixty minutes?

Hint- the answer is not sixty.

Solution:

  • Six Wolves
  • How? 6 wolves can catch six lambs in 6 minutes.
  • If you multiply it by ten, the same wolves can catch sixty lambs in 60 minutes.

Another possibility:

1 wolf can catch 1 lamb in six minutes. In 60 minutes, each wolf can catch 10 lambs. So each wolf can catch ten lambs and in sixty minutes, 6 wolves can catch 60 lambs.

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7. The Station Puzzle:

The distance between Barcena Station and Atena Station is 990 miles. The trains begin from Atena towards Barcena. Even a bird begins his flight at the same time, heading from Barcena towards the moving train. On reaching the train, the bird turns back and flies back to Barcena. So the birdie travels from Barcena to the train and back to Barcena continuously until the train reaches Barcena. Calculate the two distances moved by the bird in these two cases.

  • The bird flies at 90 miles an hour, and the speed of the train is 60 miles per hour.
  • The bird flies at 60 miles per hour, and the speed of the train is 90 miles an hour.

Solution:

  • 135
  • 72

8. Magic Belt:

  • A magical rectangular belt shrinks by ½ of its length and 1/3 to its width whenever someone wishes something.
  • After making three wishes, the surface of the belt was 4 cm2.
  • What was the original length, if the original width of the belt was 9 cm?

Solution:

96 cm.

9. Party Puzzle:

  • Sally threw a party for her friends, and all the guests brought things for the party.
  • 12-year-old Charlie brought Potato Crisps.
  • 13-year of Wayne brought Fizzy Lemonade.
  • 11-year-old Helen brought Paper Plates.
  • And 9-year-old Peter got Paper Cups.
  • Sheena is of the same age as Charlie, and she got Party Poppers.
  • Horace brought peanuts for the party. How old is Horace?

Solution:

7 (count the letters of the items)

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10. The Nails And The Carpenter:

A carpenter needs to fix a 33”*33” metal plate on a wooden board, so he begins fixing it with nails. Each edge of the square has 34 nails, and the nails are placed at the same distance as the neighboring nail. How many nails does the carpenter use in total?

Solution:

The four corners of the wooden board have one nail each already, so each side of the wooden board requires 32 nails. So the total number of nails used are 4+ (4*32) =132

11. Piggy Bank:

Mommy gives you money every day to put in the piggy bank. She gives money in such a way that the money in the bank doubles with each passing day. If you have one cent in the piggy bank, and mom gives you 1 cent, you will have 2 cents on the second day, 4 cents on the third day and so on. Your piggy bank will be full on the tenth day. So on which day will your piggy bank be half-full.

Besides, if mom also gave you 1 cent on the first day, 2 cents on the second day and so on, then in how many days will be piggy bank be half-full.

Solution:

  • 9th day
  • 8th day

12. The Tortoise And Hare:

  • Tortoisetown and Hareville are 36 miles apart. A hare travels at a speed of 9 miles per hour from Hareville to Tortoisetown, while the tortoise travels at 3 miles per hour from Tortoisetown to Hareville.
  • If both hare and tortoise set out to travel at the same time, how many miles will the hare take to travel before meeting Mr. Tortoise en route.

Solution:

3 hours

13. Tom’s Puzzle:

  • Last weekend, Tom went to play in the nearby park. He rode the new bicycle gifted by his mom on his birthday.
  • On reaching the park, Tom saw there were 14 tricycles and bicycles. If there were 38 wheels in total, how many tricycles were there in the park?

Solution:

10 tricycles

14. Monkey And Banana:

  • Suppose there are, five monkeys and each takes 5 minutes to eat 5 bananas.
  • How many minutes would 4 monkeys take to eat 4 bananas?
  • How many monkeys could eat 30 bananas in 30 minutes?

Solution:

  • 5 minutes
  • 5 monkeys

15. Chalk It Out:

A teacher has 25 chalks. When the chalk reduces to 1/5, the teacher keeps it aside. The teacher hates wasting, so when she realizes that she has enough small pieces of chalks, she joins to make a new chalk. If she uses one chalk each day, how many days would the 25 chalks last?

Solution:

30 days

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15 Cool Math Games And Activities:

Time for some simple and best math games and activities for kids to play and groom their learning skills to the core.

16. Blackjack:

You Will Need:

  • A pack of cards

How To:

  1. Have the kids sit in a circle.
  1. Give each kid two cards, one face down and one face up.
  1. Kids need to add the sum of the cards according to their values. The number cards should be the value of the number, the ace card can be valued either 1 or 11, and the face card should be valued ten.
  1. You can give as many cards as you want to the kids, but the total value of the cards must not exceed 21.
  1. The kid whose card value is nearest to 21 will be the winner. Besides, it will also teach kids simple math skills.

17. Addition Addiction:

Another cool math game for children to make them more calculative and quick in adding skills.

You Will Need:

  • Dice
  • Pen
  • Paper

How To:

  1. Give each child a dice along with a piece of paper and pen.
  1. Tell each of them to roll the dice at the same time.
  1. Then each kid has to add the numbers on the dice together and write the sum on the piece of paper.
  1. Even you can note down the answers in a paper.
  1. After ten rounds of this math addition game, check the answers of all each kid.
  1. Reward the winners with chocolate.

18. Multiplication Mystery:

You Will Need:

  • Dice

How To:

  1. This game is best played with a group of children.
  1. Divide the kids into two teams and give each team a dice.
  1. The teams have to come up with a multiplication problem that should have the same product as the product of the dice. The game will compel the kids to practice their 1 to 6 tables.
  1. If you want the kids to practice the 12 times table, then you can consider giving them two dice tables.
  1. Feel free to hold several rounds of the games if the kids like it.
  1. The team that guesses maximum correct answers will be the winner.

19. Coin Counting Game:

You Will Need:

  • Pennies
  • Nickels
  • Quarters
  • Dimes
  • Dollar bills

How To:

  1. Give your child a handful of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, but tell them not to count until you say.
  1. Now give them a 1-dollar bill and ask him for the change.
  1. If your kid got it right, then give him a five-dollar bill and ask for the change. You can also give the 1-dollar bill back if he needs them.
  1. Once the 5 dollars is done, you can give him a 10-dollar bill and so on.

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20. Math Bingo:

Math activities for kids helps in bridging strategic skills at a very early age. Here is one such activity.

You Will Need:

  • Bingo Set

How To:

  1. Hand to your kid a bingo set. But rather than calling out the numbers, you can call out the mathematical equations that give out the number. For example, if the number you draw is 24, then you can call out “48 divided by 2,” “8 times 3,” “6 times 4” and so on!
  1. The rules will be the same as the standard bingo game. Your kid will win if he gets five in a row. The game will force him to use them math skills for figuring out the number.

21. Mathematic Monopoly:

You Will Need:

  • A monopoly set

How To:

  1. Monopoly is a great way to teach math to younger kids. In fact, the whole game is based on math and economic system.
  1. Your kid has to count the numbers as they roll out the dice. They even have to count the number of spaces they move the figure.
  1. Encourage the kids to count the money they give for buying a property from the owner.

22. Math Memory:

You Will Need:

  • A deck of cards

How To:

  1. Spread a deck of cards on the table.
  1. Then have your kid take turns at turning two cards. He has to look for a matching pair of two hearts and two diamonds.
  1. When your kid finds a matching pair, he has to remove both the cards in question.
  1. If your child does not find the match, then he can turn the cards face down again. If he is playing with a group of kids, then he can pass the turn to the next player.
  1. The game will continue until your child or kids have collected all the cards.
  1. The kid who has the most number of pairs will be the winner.

23. Cards Math:

You Will Need:

  • Card stock paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker

How To:

  1. Make a set of cards that have mathematic equations. For example, 7 times 3 and another set of cards with the product of the equation.
  1. Lay the cards on the table face down. Now ask the kids to take turns at taking out two cards. They have to match the equation with its product.
  1. If he picks up a wrong card, then he can again place it face down on the table and let the other child take his turn.
  1. The kid who matches the most pairs will be the winner.

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24. Fractioned Game:

You Will Need:

  • A deck of cards

How To:

  1. This simple math fraction game is ideal for kids aged 8 to 13.
  1. Assign proper numbers to the face cards. For example, J can be 11, Q can be 12. K 13 and A 14. Now turn over the cards so that kid/kids cannot see them.
  1. Ask the kids to pick up 2 cards of their choice, and tell them to hold in such a way that no other kids can see them.
  1. The objective of the game is that kids have to get the largest fraction possible. If a kid gets 3 and 5, his fraction would be 3/5.
  1. On a count of three, ask the kids to put their two cards on the table.
  1. The kid who gets the largest fraction will be the winner.
  1. If you want to make the game a bit tougher, then you make improper fractions like 8/3, 5/2. Then see which child can use fraction the best.

25. Label The Container:

You Will Need:

  • Measuring cups of different sizes
  • White or black paper
  • Pencil and paper

How To:

  1. This game is ideal for kids aged 6 to 12. Before playing the game, make sure your kid/kids know about the different measurement sizes like liter, cups, and quarts. Or you can teach them measurement before playing the game.
  1. Cover the measuring cups with black or white paper so that kids cannot see the size of the container.
  1. Now cut the containers in half and have the kids draw what they think is the size of the container. For example, a milk jug contains 1 quart, and half a gallon of bottled water contains 1 quart.
  1. Now use the measuring cup to fill the container with the amount your kid/kids have written.

26. Half And Half:

You Will Need:

  • Measuring cups in different sizes

How To:

  1. This fraction game is great for kids between 8 to 13 years.
  1. Give a measuring cup to each child, for example, 1/4th cup to one kid ½ to another and ½ to other.
  1. Now tell them to fill up their containers. The need to count how many turns it requires filling their container.
  1. Once they have filled the container, have them to count how many halves, quarters or eight cups they used for filling the containers.
  1. The kid who gets closest to correct measurement will be the winner.
  1. The game will help kids learn how fractions are divided and multiplied.

27. Shopping Math:

You Will Need:

  • Pen
  • Paper

How To:

  1. Write down your shopping list in two parts.
  1. Give one list to your child and tell him to go to the store, getting all the items in the list. Set an amount that he is allowed to spend on the products.
  1. The goal should be to get all the goods within this amount.
  1. This way, your tyke will be practicing mental math while shopping.
  1. If you kid manages to get all the products within the assigned amount, treat him with a bar of chocolate.

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28. Guess The Coin:

You Will Need:

  • Coins of different values like penny, dime, nickel, and quarter

How To:

  1. This game is perfect for kids aged between 4 and 7.
  1. Place a penny, dime, nickel and quarter on the floor.
  1. Now ask your child to give you a coin, but do not tell him the value, give him clues instead. For example, “hand me the coin that is one more than your age” or “give me the coin that is one less than the members of our family”.
  1. Keep giving clues until your kid guesses it right.
  1. This is one of the best math games for kids. This game will help your kid learn about coins and its values.

29. Count The Coupons:

Ever tried a simple one like this? Go ahead to enjoy a preschool math game.

You Will Need:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Scissors

How To:

  1. Here’s a perfect game for kids aged between 6 and 13.
  1. Cut out all the coupons that they can find in the newspapers and magazines. Make sure the coupons have a discount of a percentage. Try to gather at least 5 to 10 coupons.
  1. Spread out all the coupons on the table and make them kids sit around it.
  1. Tell each kid select coupons of their choice by going around the table, one at a time. Each kid can have more than one coupon.
  1. Now tell each child that if he spends $100, how much money can he save by using his coupon. The amount does not need to be $100. Try to make it more challenging by giving him tough numbers like 125.80 and so on. And prohibit the usage of a calculator.

30. Math Scavenger Hunt:

This game can be played at any gathering, as this is an interactive math game for kids. All can have fun with the numbers.

You Will Need:

  • Pen
  • Cards

How To:

  1. This game is perfect for kids of all ages.
  1. Give each kid a certain number that they have to reach like 150, 200, and 250 and so on.
  1. On a small card or piece of paper, write the clues. The clues must have an addition or multiplication problem that kids have to solve before moving on.
  1. Once they have answered the math, they can read the clue to find other hidden clues.
  1. You can even make the kids work together if you don’t want to make a competition. Let the kids take turns in solving the clues.

So now, teaching math will be no more a challenge for you! And getting kids hooked on to these top math learning games will be a lot easier than you can even imagine. Some games are easy while some are complex, but overall, it will be a whole lot fun. These fun math games for kids will make them smarter and sharper. Have some more games and puzzles in mind? Do share in the comments below.

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  • Sunitha

    As a kid i was poor at maths….i hope my kid does not inherit that from me… Thanks for this post.. i would like my kid to be good at maths and practice makes all the difference.. Will indulge my kid in such activities.