Best maths board games for children

Best maths board games for children
Looking for an engaging way to practise maths concepts and skills? Try a mathematical board game! Whether your child is learning about times tables or place value, addition or square roots, there's a family-friendly board game to try. Get ready to roll the dice...
City of Zombies, £34.99

Battle zombies using your brains and they won't get to eat yours! Aimed ages 6+, this multi-player escape game is played cooperatively (with mixed maths abilities, so a Y3 sibling and Y6 sibling can take part at the same time) and can be adapted to help kids practise different skills, from times tables to calculating square roots. The aim of the game is to roll dice to try to stop the zombies reaching the players' safe house... so will you survive? 

Code Master, £24.99

Develop your child's understanding of computer programming principles without agreeing to yet more screen time! Code Master is a programming logic puzzle board game which helps players understand how computers execute programs and operate. The challenge is to program an avatar to harvest power crystals and reach the destination portal, but only one specific sequence of actions will lead to success. The game offers 60 logic puzzles of different difficulty levels and is suitable for ages 8 and up.

Magic Maths, £12

A KS1 maths game with some "magic" technology which lets children rub and reveal correct answers. Players (aged 5-7) take turns to solve the addition, subtraction and multiplication calculations and fill their boards with yucky spell ingredients (worm-infested cupcakes and brains and bogies, oh my!). A broad range of simple and challenging sums is included for spell-binding gameplay.

Prime Climb, £39.99

An investment purchase which will be enjoyed by the whole family, from 10 year olds to 101 year olds, Prime Climb is a colourful mathematical board game designed for 2 to 4 players. Boost mental maths skills and deepen numerical understanding by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing your way to the center of the board, picking up Prime cards and bumping your opponents back to the start as you go. The first player get both their pawns to 101 wins the game!

Money Bags, £16.20

Build your child's confidence with British money with this award-winning board game from Learning Resources. Players roll the dice and land on different spaces where they have to make up values using (very realistic!) coins. When a player passes the finish line, all players count their money and the wealthiest wins! A great way to practise handling different amounts and work on coin recognition for children aged 7 and over.

Number Rumbler, £7

Playing Number Rumbler is a great way to develop your child's number sense, their understanding of how numbers relate to each other. From sorting the cards into number "families" to matching pairs, memory games and even your own games (as devised by your child for your family), this little pack of cards offers loads of possibilities and is a great parental handbag accessory for "I'm bored" moments when you're out and about.

Numbugz, £17.49

Seven games in one travel bag, Numbugz is a great value-for-money option for your holiday suitcase. Try the challenging numbers game Colonyz (a sort of Scrabble with numbers), think ahead with the Strategy game Legionz, test your memory and concentration with Memorize and Pairz, or enjoy quick fun games of 25z, SumBugz and Sequenz. Endorsed by National Numeracy, we love the different-level game options so the whole family can play together.

Sum Fun, £14.99

A numerical version of Scrabble which can be played by people of different ages and mathematical abilities, all at the same time (so there's no tedious waiting for your turn!). Using number and symbol tiles, each player must make connecting and intersecting SUMs; the first person to use all their tiles to make valid SUMs is the winner. The canvas case makes the game easy to store and travel with.

What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?, £9.50

A time-telling board game for children aged 5 to 9 years which develops both analogue and digital clock-reading skills. Players race their animal character around the board matching the times to the central clock but need to be wary of a hungry wolf who is waiting to pounce! There are two game levels to help both new and more experienced time-tellers practise their skills and the giant clock face with moveable hands is sturdy and will stand up to plenty of use!

Triominos, £22.99

A version of dominos with triangular pieces (so loads more connections can be made), this is a game that requires insight and a good strategy and an excellent way to get kids (and adults) thinking logically. The aim is to achieve the highest score by matching tiles; bonus points can be won by laying pieces to make a 'bridge', a 'hexagon' or a 'double hexagon'. Great fun for all ages.

Top of the Tables, £14.30

A two-player, football-themed times table game to help practise individual times tables from 2 to 12 (or compete at premier-league level by learning the 13 and 14 times tables!). The game box includes a football stadium base, score question cards, pass action cards, football player markers and goal tokens. Tackle times tables with some regular game play!

Sumoku, £15.29

A fast-paced crossword-style game with numbers that can be played in five different ways and is great for practising times tables. Players add up the tiles to multiples of a number shown on the die; once all the tiles are placed on the table and connected together, it's a "sumoku"! Very adaptable for different ages and stages.

Sum Swamp, £12.96

An award-winning board game for Reception or KS1, Sum Swamp reinforces addition and subtraction skills and odd and even number recognition and helps children understand number sentences. The whole family can play together: each player rolls the dice and creates a number sentence, then moves ahead the sum value, but beware of the endless loop and other game play spaces! Simple but great fun and very effective.

Times Square, £14.99

A times tables maths game from the designer of maths board game City of Zombies (above). The aim is to add, subtract, multiply and divide dice together to use your brain to survive and take out Zombies. Games can last from 10 to 30 minutes and there are rules for three different games included (each game can easily be made harder or easier to suit the players' age and maths ability). Cooperative fun for one to six players aged 7+, this standalone game also works as an expansion for City of Zombies.

Race to Infinity, £29.99

An engaging board game for children aged 6+, for reinforcing the four main operations, prime numbers and angles. Although it's designed for 2-4 players, players can also pair up so the whole family can play together. Clever design makes maths practice fun and encourages critical thinking.

Dino Math Tracks, £19.44

Is your child really confident with the concept of place value? Make sure identifying units, tens, hundreds and thousands is second nature with this dinosaur-themed game (we love the plastic dinosaur counters!). Suitable for Year 1 and over, Dino Maths Tracks reinforces counting skills and three different game levels are proposed so you can support your child's progress.

Super Hoo Ha!, £11.10

A number-sense game to boost your child's understanding of the interaction between the four operations (the fact that division is the inverse of multiplication and that multiplication is repeated addition). The three card sets cover the 8, 12 and 14 times tables, so the calculations can be challenging, but the competitive aspect of the game ensures no-one feels they're practising their times tables!

PLYT, £8.45

We love PLYT because it's so inclusive: Reception children, only able to recognise numbers and count, can play against Y2 players who are adding, or Y5 players who are learning times tables or expert mathematicians who are capable of multiplying up to 6 dice together – everyone is challenged but everyone has the same chance of winning. There's no dumbing down and the most experienced players don’t always win so the whole family can play together at the same time. Great fun.

Pop for Addition & Subtraction Game, £7.56

This game is all about speed and mental recall of number facts: children reach into the gumball-themed game box to pick a bubblegum card from the box and solve the sum on it and get to keep the card if their answer is correct. There are two levels of play to extend learning and it's suitable for ages 6 and above. 

Cool Maths Games for Kids

Take the DIY approach to maths board games and download TheSchoolRun's Cool Maths Games subscriber learning pack for printable boards games you can play at home including Bone Yard Bill (the basics of place value), Cowboy Cards (mental maths), Fraction Tic Tac Toe, Hop on Home (number bonds to 20), Money Matters (coin recognition), Odd and Even Racer, Rounding Garages (rounding numbers) and Shape Dominoes.