Early math skills are an integral part of kindergarten readiness and academic skill-building in early childhood. Incorporating playful movement into mathematics makes learning exciting, and helps children to develop more confidence in their skills. In this article, you’ll find games that use movement to help young children practice important concepts like number sense, shape recognition, pattern matching, and more – all of which will set them up for a smooth transition into elementary school math.
How Math Games Support Learning
Children feel excited to learn math skills when the skill development is part of a fun, movement game. Incorporating movement is especially beneficial for little ones who have an abundance of energy and often need to get their wiggles out! It allows them to move, jump, and play, while also learning foundational concepts about mathematics.
An article written for the website DREME by Kristen E. Reed and Jessica Mercer of Young Mathematicians, explains that “math games provide a structure and process for children to engage in problem-solving in order to reach a particular goal or objective. Reaching that goal might be challenging, but the challenge is also what makes game-playing fun…In addition to all the foundational mathematics learning going on while they play games, children are building their confidence as problem solvers and practicing important social-emotional skills.”
Math Games for Young Children