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14 Free Online Games to Reinforce Elementary Math Skills


Basic math skills require a lot of practice though, so games can really help your students be motivated to put in that time.  Games can also help your students with various computer related fine motor skills such as clicking and dragging, typing and hand eye coordination.

Elementary math skills are the foundation for future success in mathematics.  In addition to career paths that rely on math such as engineering and finance, elementary math is utilized in almost all jobs.  Those basic skills require a lot of practice though, so games can really help your students be motivated to put in that time.  Games can also help your students with various computer related fine motor skills such as clicking and dragging, typing and hand eye coordination.


Great Games & Skill Practice: The best of the best.

Arcademics

Practice a variety of core math skills with racing games and other fun activities.  Multiplayer options let your students challenge each other if you wish.


Sheppard Software

Fact practice as well as games with great visuals for identifying fractions, decimals and shapes.


Mr. Nussbaum

A wide variety of game types that nevertheless remain focused on math skills rather than game mechanics.  Also includes games for less served skills such as calendar practice, probability and coordinate plane problems.


Education.com

Games with verbal instructions for struggling or pre-readers, encompassing a wide range of game types and math skills.  You can gain additional functionality with a premium teacher account if you’d like to create a class and assign different games directly to students.


MathGames.com

Unique in that you can choose different skills to work on inside each game type, allowing students to pair individual interest with their skill practice.  


Adaptive Games: Gamified math practice that automatically gets harder as your students are ready.

Prodigy

Students battle monsters with spells cast by correctly answering math questions.  The game will level, assess and continually challenge your students all by itself, or you can create classes to track progress and assign your own questions to match what you are studying.  


Sumdog

Provides access to six great games that support progress in essential math skills, with class creation and teacher reporting.  A Sumdog subscription will unlock access to more than 20 additional games.


Splash Math

Students collect coins as they progress through skill practice, which they can redeem for virtual pets.  Teachers can create classes to monitor skill mastery and make ability groups.


Mixed Bag: Some great educational games, some non-educational games and games where the mechanics are too difficult to be conducive to effective skills practice.

ABCya!

Notable educational games not found elsewhere include: fraction manipulatives, roman numeral practice, and order of operations.  The site also has many just for fun games your students may wander off to.


Hooda Math

Hosts external games on various math skills, and includes shop games for money management practice.  Includes some loosely math-based board games such as Mancala, Checkers and Backgammon as well as just for fun games. 


Funbrain

Practice math skills with a variety of game themes with excellent graphics.  It can be difficult to see what skill games are practicing without actually clicking on them though.


Math Playground

Hosts external games practicing a variety of math skills, as well as including robot games that blend counting practice with beginning coding skills.


Math Play

A good spread of math skills available in each of their game types.  Their sports themed math games can end up being more about game mechanics than skill practice though.


PBS Kids

Basic math skill practice themed with popular PBS Kids characters.  Several games have more theme and less skill practice, however.


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Basic math skills require a lot of practice though, so games can really help your students be motivated to put in that time.  Games can also help your students with various computer related fine motor skills such as clicking and dragging, typing and hand eye coordination.


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