7 of the best maths games kids can play online to improve their numbers skills

Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 2:35 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 2:48 pm
With children at home for the foreseeable future as the UK lockdown continues, finding new and exciting ways to keep them both entertained and educated can be difficult (Photo: Shutterstock)
With children at home for the foreseeable future as the UK lockdown continues, finding new and exciting ways to keep them both entertained and educated can be difficult (Photo: Shutterstock)

With children at home for the foreseeable future as the UK lockdown continues, finding new and exciting ways to keep them both entertained and educated can be difficult.

To keep kids on top of their maths skills, there are plenty of free online games and resources out there to help them improve and test their numeracy knowledge.

Oxford Owl

Oxford Owl has a variety of online maths games and activities for ages: 3-4, 4-5, 5-6, 6-7, 7-9, and 9-11.

Online maths activities include problem solving, telling the time, coins multiplication and drag and drop calculations.

There’s also a range of free maths activity sheets which you can print out and fill in, and a variety of maths videos with top tips for practising math skills on the Oxford Owl YouTube channel.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize has a wide range of resources across school topics, including maths.

Games include Bud's Number Garden, which is suitable for KS1 and allows children to practice numbers and counting.

Others KS1 games include Karate Cats Maths, which includes hundreds of questions across eight key topics:

-Addition and subtraction-Multiplication and division-Number and place value-Fractions-Measurement-Shapes-Position and direction-Statistics

Cool Maths Games

Cool Maths Games is a brain-training site, which has a variety of online games suitable for a variety of ages.

Games include Puzlogic Plus, Mathventure and Swap Sums.

Topmarks

Topmarks also has a multitude of free online maths games for children, for ages ranging from 3-5, 5-7, 7-11, and 11-14.

Some of the categories to choose from include:

-Counting-Ordering-Sequencing Numbers-Place Value, Odd and Even-Addition and Subtraction-Times Tables-Multiplication and Division-Money-Shapes-Measures-Data Handling-Problem Solving

Play the popular Hit the Button interactive maths game.

CBeebies - Numeracy - Little Learners

The website explains, “Join in with Little Learners and explore all of these fun and free maths games, activities and clips.”

There’s a range of videos, podcasts, puzzles, quizzes, songs and games to help your little ones learn maths.

Children can do the ‘Add up with the Numberblocks quiz’, play Pat’s Parcel Sort Game, or Count with Peter Rabbit.

Family Learning

Family Learning has a range of online maths games to help with “counting, adding, multiplication, telling the time and fractions.”

Games available include:

-Counting Games - the counting games will help young children (age 2 to 6) get to grips with numbers.-Place Value Games - help children learn about bigger numbers, usually with two or more digits.-Addition Games - help kids learn to add whilst also having fun.-Multiplication Games - for learning and practising times tables.-Money Games - includes recognising coins, adding money amounts together and giving change.

Maths Frame

Maths Frame has a range of free online maths games available for children.

These include Tommy’s Trek - Times Tables, Snowboard Slalom, Maths Penalty Shoot-out, and Super Maths Bowling - Multiplication.

Try the Multiplication Tables Check for a range of the site’s other multiplication games.