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“I have played several of these games with my son, and each one was met with delight on his part and the sharing of delightful conversation about numbers and thinking between us.”

—Amy at Hope Is the Word

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Math Your Kids WANT To Do

Are you tired of the daily homework drama? Do your children sigh, fidget, whine, stare out the window‌—‌anything except work on their math?

With the Math You Can Play series, your kids can practice their math skills by playing games with basic items you already have around the house, such as playing cards and dice.

Math games pump up mental muscle, reduce the fear of failure, and generate a positive attitude toward mathematics. Through playful interaction, games strengthen a child’s intuitive understanding of numbers and build problem-solving strategies. Mastering a math game can be hard work, but kids do it willingly because it is fun.


Counting & Number Bonds

Math Games for Early Learners

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Prepare your child for math success. Counting & Number Bonds features 21 kid-tested games for preschool and early-elementary learners. Young children can play with counting and number recognition, while older students explore place value, build number sense, and begin learning the basics of addition.

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Counting 4.8 stars
140 pages, ebook: $5.99, paperback: $15.99.

  • Early Counting: Practice subitizing—recognizing small numbers of items at a glance—and learn the number symbols.
  • Childhood Classics: Traditional folk games invite the whole family to enjoy playing with math.
  • Number Bonds: Build a mental picture of the relationships between numbers as you begin to explore addition.
  • Bigger Numbers: Develop familiarity with two-digit numbers and promote strategic thinking skills.

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“My oldest son is 3.5, and we’re planning to homeschool. I’m glad my son’s introduction to math will be in the form of games and not a dry workbook.”

—Nicki (Amazon reviewer)

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Addition & Subtraction

Math Games for Elementary Students

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Build your child’s mental math skills. Addition & Subtraction features 23 kid-tested games for elementary-age students. Your children can develop mental flexibility by playing with numbers, from basic math facts to the hundreds and beyond. Logic games build strategic thinking skills, and dice games give students hands-on experience with probability.

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Addition4-9stars
140 pages, ebook: $5.99, paperback: $15.99.

  • Tens and Teens: Master the concept of number bonds—the relationship between a whole number and the parts that combine to make it—and build a logical foundation for future math.
  • Numbers to One Hundred: Develop mental math skills for working with larger numbers. Practice using place value, addition, and subtraction.
  • Mixed Operations: Give mental muscles a workout with games that require number skills and logical thinking.
  • Logic and Probability: Logic games sharpen inductive and deductive thinking skills, while games of chance build an intuition for probability.

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“These games are great for using and practicing maths skills in a context in which there is some real motivation to do so. I love how they provide opportunities to explore a wide variety of approaches.”

—Miranda (Amazon reviewer)

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Math You Can Play Combo

Number Games for Young Learners

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Save 20% off the individual ebooks or 35% off the paperback prices when you buy a combined 2-books-in-1 edition featuring the first two books in the Math You Can Play series together.

210 pages, ebook: $8.99, paperback: $20.99.

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“Most of the games are low floor, high ceiling – easy for a child to access, but can be played at a higher level through strategy or slight alterations to the rules. These are not drills disguised as games, but activities that require problem solving and strategy as well as calculation.”

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Multiplication & Fractions

Math Games for Tough Topics

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Help your child master the math facts — and more. Multiplication & Fractions features 25 kid-tested games, offering a variety of challenges for school-age students. Children master several math models that provide a sturdy foundation for understanding multiplication and fractions. The games feature times table facts and more advanced concepts such as division, fractions, decimals, and multistep mental math.

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170 pages, ebook: $6.99, paperback: $17.99.

  • Mathematical Models: Learn the basic pictures that help support your child’s comprehension.
  • Conquer the Times Tables: Enjoy practicing the math facts until correct answers become automatic.
  • Mixed Operations: Give mental muscles a workout with games that require number skills and logical thinking.
  • Fractions and Decimals: Master equivalent fractions, work with decimal place value, and multiply fractions and decimal numbers.

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“These two areas are the first major stumbling point for students in their math studies. The sequencing in the book will help kids develop a strong foundation. Kids (and parents!) find these games fun. I’ve been field testing math games for the last 18 months and keep seeing how engaged kids get when playing math games.”

—Joshua Greene at Three J’s Learning

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Free Printable Game Boards

mult-fract-cover-800Number-Game-Printables-PackLike you, I have a limited amount of free time, and I don’t want to spend it cutting out specialized game pieces or cards. So most of the games in the Math You Can Play series use basic items you already have, such as playing cards and dice.

But there are many entertaining things to do with a hundred chart, and each book includes two or three of my favorite hundred-chart games. For the few other games that need a playing board, you can draw your own on scratch paper just fine, if you want. But it’s just plain fun to use the cut-and-fold game board for Shut the Box.

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Planned for 2018

Prealgebra & Geometry: Math Games for Middle School

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Prepare your child for high school math. Prealgebra & Geometry will feature playful ways to explore positive and negative integers, number properties, mixed operations, functions, and coordinate geometry. These challenging games develop logic and problem-solving skills. For students in 4th–9th grades and beyond.


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029-6x9-3-book-seriesIn nearly three decades of teaching, I’ve noticed that flexibility and confidence in mental calculation is one of the best predictors of success in high school math and beyond. The Math You Can Play games are designed to stretch your children’s ability to manipulate numbers in their heads. Each book contains twenty or more of my favorite math games, offering a wide variety of challenges for all ages.

So what are you waiting for? Clear off a table, grab a deck of cards, and let’s play some math!

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