If you want to boost love for math for your child, one of the best things you can do is play a math game. A game puts both of you in a good mood and the child directly experiences the fun side of you and math. What’s more, it need not be complex. In fact, you can make a lot of math games right at your home and start playing in less than a minute. Here is one such DIY game for addition. It is simple and fun!

A quick trading game for kids 4 years and up that teaches counting, addition of 1 digit numbers and pattern recognition. This is a DIY game that you can play at home. It takes less than a minute for you to get started. And you can play it anytime, anywhere. It is a ton of fun every time. So get set and go.

What do you need for this DIY game?

• 2 dice, 6 faced
• 24 plastic coins

Who wins?

• The player who collects all 24 coins in the end, wins

Who moves first?

• The youngest player starts the game

How to play?

• Give 12 plastic coins to each player
• The youngest player will the roll the 2 dice. Sum up the number on the dice and give that many coins to the other player
• Now its the next player’s turn to roll the dice. She too will sum up and give that many coins to the first player
• The game continues till one of the players runs out of coins to give.

Base skills required

This game is ideal for 4 years and older kids. The base skill required before you can play this game are

• Number recognition
• Counting up to 20

Math and logic skills that kids will practice

• Addition of 1 digit numbers – They add up the numbers on the 2 dice every time they roll and also every time you roll
• Counting upwards – If kids do not know addition, you can get them to count upwards. Even help them using fingers
• Pattern recognition – As shown in the video, we had made stacks of 4 coins. Gradually, kids start recognizing the patters. For example, if they get 7, they understand that they must give one full stack and 3 coins from the other stack.

Age

• 4 years and up
• Kindergarten and grade 1 kids

Play this game at home with children and them excited about math. If you have some quick DIY math game ideas, do share them in the comments below. Help out kids and parents enjoy math. We will make a video for the best idea and give author credits.