Thinking Games Build Math Skills
Math involves a specific way of thinking. You can use games to help your child build
the thinking skills needed to be successful with math. Here are some ideas:
• Help your child see patterns. For example, ask your child to use a rule to find
the next number in these series.
o 10, 11, 13, 16, 20, 25, ________ (The correct answer is 31. The rule is
add 1, then add 2, then add 3, and so on.)
o 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, ________ (The correct answer is 64. The rule is multiply
the previous term by 2 or double the previous term)
o 12, 21, 34, 43, 56, _______ (Correct answer is 65. The rule is reverse the
o Have fun making up some of your own or having your child make up
some for you to solve!
• Use math to crack a code.
o In the code below, each letter begins with a numerical value (A=1,
B=2, C=3, ...Z=26). Then, each letter’s value is multiplied by 5, giving it
a new value. (A=5, B=10, C=15...Z=130) Using this code, see if you and
your child can figure out the following message:
§ 65-5-100-40 45-95 30-105-70! (Answer: Math is fun!)
o Try making up your own math code with your child.
Teach Math Skills with Card Games
Card Games are not only fun-they help strengthen math skills. Here are a couple of