Math is a lifelong skill that we need, whether we love it or hate it. And getting kids engaged is a tricky process, especially if they’re haters. These STEM toys will make learning math more fun and if kids are having fun while they’re learning, they’ll retain the information better and they might not even realise it’s work!
Compatible with most tablets, Smart Numbers combines traditional numbers with smart technology. Available in 13 languages and child friendly, this is suitable for anyone wanting to sharpen their Math skills. 10 wooden numbers and 3 educational apps will make learning how to count, add and subtract a whole new “smart” experience.
Abacus beads are the classic way to learn how to count, add and even subtract. Brightly colored beads are sure to grab your kid’s attention and the sturdy wooden frame means this abacus can withstand the test of time. With 8 extension activities, there’ll always be something to keep a busy brain active.
Appreciating the value of money is a life skill we should all have. Money Bags is a board game which teaches children how to count and exchange money while making it fun. Race around the board earning money and, as you probably guessed, the one who has the most money at the end of the game wins!
It’s well known that children retain information better if it’s made fun when they’re learning it. In this board game, they’ll learn the relationship between multiplication and division by building number families. It’ll also help their understanding of numbers and strengthen their math skills.
Teach them math skills from a young age with Tiggly Math. Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds, this interactive learning game is comprised of 5 interactive STEM math toys and 4 learning game, which are free to download and are compatible with all iPads and current Android devices.
Learning how to do basic math is a skill which will follow us through life. Give them the skills they need to add and subtract with Math Slam, a fun interactive toy which will make learning numbers fun. It can also teach algebra and it’ll grow with your child, meaning they can use it throughout their school life.
Perfect for helping with homework, Wrap-ups is a super fun learning tool which can help fine tune your child’s math skills. Simply look at the problem on the left and wrap the string to the answer on the right. Flip it over to see if it’s correct.
Teaching your children how to count is something we will all do as parents. Engage your kids with a Melissa and Doug Counting Shape Stacker. Made from sturdy wood and colorful shapes, this will also teach them colors and shapes, and will last for many years.
Combining traditional learning and new technology, this interactive teaching toy is available in 13 languages and is compatible with most iPads and Samsung Tabs. Download the free Smart apps and combine this with the wooden numbers included to teach your child the basic STEM math skills they need.
Fun for the whole family, this fast-paced game will teach numbers, addition and subtraction all while being entertaining. Roll the large foam dice and race to put your marker on the correct answer. This lively STEM math game covers basic adding and subtracting using numbers 1-6.
Money awareness is a great skill to have. Teach your kids how to be sensible with theirs with realistic play money. With dollar bills, pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and half dollars, you’ll be able to show your child the value of money and how to look after it.
Learn how to solve all kinds of mathematical problems with the MathShark. As well as teaching the basics, this interactive toy will also cover math problems like fractions, decimals and percentages. Answer the problem on the screen using the keypad and MathShark will tell you if you got it correct.
Master basic addition and subtraction with this fun yet challenging board game. Create number fact families by answering mathematical questions and hone your math skills. Be the first one to play all your cards and yell “tri-FACTa” to win the game and beat your friends and family.
Multiplication is a difficult skill to get the hang of. Fine turn your skills by using the Multiplication Slam STEM math toy. Read the question, scan the possible answers and hit the one you think is correct. The faster you answer, the better your score. The better you get, the harder the questions will become.
Introduce young children to measuring with this colorful set. The tools are chunky enough for little hands and activity cards have “recipes” for them to conjure up slime, goo and more. Get them to do the measuring as that will help them visualize quantities for the next time.
Ideal for an introduction to shapes, this template set is perfect for teaching young children how to draw basic shapes such as circle, square and triangle. Each template has shapes of differing sizes so your child can put them together to make pictures and also improve their visualization skills.
Whether your child works well under pressure or not, this electronic STEM math toy will help them improve their addition/subtraction and multiplication/division as well as asking algebraic questions too. Use the timed or untimed mode and help them work their way through the 3 skill levels.
If learning has been made fun, chances are that your child is more likely to remember and retain the information. Have a “rocking” good time mastering math skills such as addition, division and percentages with this guitar themed board game. Take on your kids and see whose math skills reign supreme!
Sneak math practice into your kids lives with a detective mystery board game. The aim of the game is to break into the bank by solving the security codes (which will need to be solved using basic math). Your kids will be so busy racing to be the best detective that they won’t realize they’re learning math!
Use this wooden fishing game to not only improve math skills but also hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Spin the worm to see which color and number fish you need to reel in with the magnetic fishing hook. It’s good for solo or multi person play and the sturdy wood means it’ll last for years.
Boost their addition and subtraction skills using this Sum Swamp board game. To decide the number of moves they need to take, they’ll need to roll the 2 dice and add the numbers together. But they can only move on if they get the answer correct. Suitable for ages 5+, you’ll all be able to play!
Ideal for classrooms or larger families, this STEM Math Dice is perfect for mastering fast multiplication. 4-6 players sit in a circle and take it in turns to roll the dice with the person opposite. It’s then a race against time to correctly multiply the 2 numbers together and yell out the answer!
Marked on 3 sides, these colorful cubes are perfect for teaching them about percentages, fractions and decimals. Simply turn a cube around to see a fraction equivalent in percentage and decimal form. All the cubes are interchangeable too, so you can use different fractions to make a whole.
This working cash register not only makes a great toy, but it’ll also teach your children the life skill of adding their money. It comes with bills, coins and pretend credit cards so you can turn learning basic math skills into a fun game.
Math Dice Jr is a great way to introduce addition and subtraction to your kids in a fun and exciting way. Simply roll the Target Number die to get a number, then roll the Scoring dice and try and reach the target number by using addition or subtraction.
If your kids need a little help with subtraction, this Subtraction Machine is perfect for them. Your kids can even check the answers themselves. All they have to do is press down on the button with the problem on and up pops the number. It couldn’t be easier.
If you and your kids are fed up of using the same method to learn math, then you need to make it more fun. This electronic quiz game is perfect! For up to 4 players, each controller has a yes & no button. Just listen to the question and press the button you think is right.
Learning how to tell the time can be a tricky concept for children. Make it fun and interesting with this DIY memory game. Draw a clock face with a time on, say 8 o clock and then on another piece of paper, write 8.00. All your child has to do is match the clock face to the corresponding time.
Ideal for the festive season, this DIY Christmas Tree addition game will be seasonal and educational. Follow the tutorial, print out the pieces and you’ll have a fun and festive game for your kids to play at Christmas which will also help with their math skills.
Combine learning math and a classic carnival game. Follow this DIY tutorial to create your very own addition ping pong game. Simply take some mason jars and pop some numbered circles in the bottom. Throw ping pong balls into the jars and then add up the numbers in the bottom. Easy, right?
When your kids are off for the summer, it can be tricky to keep them motivated and on track with their homework. Turn math revision into a game with these 5 DIY STEM math games. They probably won’t even realise it’s learning, they’ll be having too much fun!
Teaching basic math from a young age is a good idea, although it can be tricky to find age appropriate games for them to play and engage with. These STEM Monster Math games may grab their attention long enough for them to learn some math and they’re all DIY too!
A super simple game to construct, this DIY tutorial shows you how to make a fun STEM math game with a deck of cards, some counters and dice. This game can be used to practice any math operation and is ideal for between third and fifth graders.
A sure fire way to get kids engaged with learning is to introduce an incentive. Using candy as part of the learning process may sound crazy but as this DIY tutorial shows, it can be used very effectively. Make circle graphs using Skittles and then take it up a notch by adding in percentages.