I have always been decent at math and enjoyed the challenge of solving equations. Thanks to my parents and childhood teachers, I learned enough to actually consider it my favorite subject. Here are a few ways that I make math fun for my kids.
FOOD AND MATH
Snack foods, whether healthy or not, can add lots of motivation and enjoyment when learning to add and subtract. Ask your child to answer simple or complex equations by using visual aids such as cookies, apple slices, or a measuring cup for drinking milk or other liquid. Seeing objects visually is one of the best ways to show how math equations can translate into everyday use.
My personal favorite way to make math fun for my kids is by playing games. One of our favorites is Math Bingo, in which family members each have Bingo cards with numbers on them. The same number range can be used like regular bingo cards, or can be adjusted to the level of the child. Instead of drawing balls from a machine, equations written out on slips of paper are folded up and drawn at random. If you have the answer to the math question you get to mark your square. The rest of the rules follow regular bingo regulation. The winner gets to choose their favorite park to go to, movie to watch, or a treat for the family.
A scavenger hunt takes a bit more time to prepare, but my kids really enjoy participating. All you need is someone to play, index cards to write clues, and any variety of objects to search for. We have also invited their friends over to form teams. No matter what the kids are learning in school, this game can be adapted to different math skills. I make quiz cards for each team, but rearrange the order to which each group searches for answers. The clue/quiz cards would be any type of math equation that you are requesting a unique answer. If the answer if given correctly, a treasure search card is given. The team would then go a find their treasure and/or a new equation. This would be repeated for several rounds until a grand treasure is sought and found. I have used a plate of cookies hiding under their bed, passes to a movie found in the tree, or a cute little medal hanging from their closet. While enjoying the games, the kids barely recognize that they are not being forced to do math, and what math they are practicing is fun.