- Learn division
- Foster strategic planning
- Exercise hand-eye coordination
- Build social skills
Introducing division to young children can be a challenge that requires a lot of visual aid. Parents and educators use illustrations and objects to demonstrate how to divide numbers. However, the best practices for learning are hands-on learning tools such as interactive games. Math games are designed to familiarize children with division in an entertaining way. Often math games bring a fresh perspective to learning which can excite everyone. One game that help introduce division is Pet Me a board game that makes division problem based on real situations, giving food to pets at an animal shelter.
Pet Me and similar games help players solve two-digit divisions in an animate way. Exercising players fine motor skills, players have tokens with images of pet food to help them do the math problem. Picking them and placing them inside the bowls of the animals they solve the divisions. Fostering hand-eye coordination, children count and divide the food. Also, players roll a dice and move their pawns in the direction the board tells them. It is important that children exercise their fine motor skills and strengthening their hand muscles as it is linked to learning.
Moreover, Pet Me and other math themed games foster other math skills. Reinforcing subtraction and multiplication, players could verify their answered to see if they did the division correctly. Also, doing verbal math problems exercises reading comprehension skills. These types of games have different difficulty levels to challenge players once they have mastered a type of division, they can add more elements to the game. Making the math problems more interesting each time they play. In Pet Me, for example, the harder setting helps foster strategic planning since players have to be careful where their pawns lands.
Finally, math games bring everyone close together. It is a good way to practice social skills as children interact with other players. Learning to take turns and win and lose gracefully. Parents and educators can take the time for children talk among each other and bond over math exercises. Helping each other out when the math problem is too difficult. Practicing working in teams and cooperation. Math board games are fun way to break routine but still learn. Having a good time playing math themed games. Sharpening math skills.