Looking for ways to add more fun to your kids’ math practice? We’ve got the solution with the Best 1st Grade Math Board Games.
These games will have your kids adding, subtracting, multiplying, and even a little dividing — all while having a good time. Real-life situations and a sense of purpose get kids excited about math as well as board games. Scaffolding and extra challenges are built into many of the games to suit varying math abilities.
If you’re a teacher, use them in lessons or as a station. If you’re a parent, use them for family fun or leave the kids to play on their own. There are lots of ways to learn and play.
These games can give kids all of the practice minus the boring worksheets. You do the math.
🏆 Our Top Picks for Best 1st Grade Math Board Games
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Playing Time: 20 minutes
That’s Sum Swamp…
Snails, snakes, and turtles, oh my! Your kids will love being little swamp creatures in this math game. The math problems are built into the fun, so your kids won’t even know they are practicing as they race around the board. Roll two numbered and one operation dice to create your math equation. Add or subtract to decide how far your critter will crawl. The first one to the finish line wins.
Get ready to have sum fun!
Math Wizard and the Fantastic Food Truck
Playing Time: Self-Paced
Hungry for another game? Cooking and math collide in this STEM favorite.
The Fantastic Food Truck is one of the many games from Osmo’s Math Wizard collection. You’ll need the Osmo Base (sold separately) and an iPad or tablet to start cooking away. However, you can play offline so no need to worry about those pesky internet distractions.
This Tangram-like game gets kids to use their geometry knowledge with a real-world purpose. Play chef at the food truck to help complete the hungry customers’ orders. Make the ingredients or dishes by piecing together shapes on the board. The board is connected to the app to guide the player as they boil, chop, or fry that food. The self-paced nature means kids can move as fast or as leisurely as they’d like.
So put on that chef hat to turn shapes into meals. Bon appetite!
Playing Time: 20 Minutes
Learn with this fun school of Fish Stix.
A fish stick, or card, comes with 4 different fish images. Players take turns adding a card to the table next to a matching fish. The card must match a fish of the same color and direction. Each match scores you a point. Practice those pattern recognition and strategy skills to score the most points possible. The first player with 10 points, including all 6 different fish, wins.
This game requires minimal setup and is quick to learn so you can start swimming straight away.
I Sea 10!
I sea 10!
Dive head-first into this sea-inspired game. I Sea 10! Is a game of speed, competition, and addition. Take turns flipping pieces. When you see pieces that add up to 10, yell “I see 10!” to claim it. Watch out for the sneaky sharks, though. If you flip one, it’ll eat all your pieces. The goal is to collect the most 10s. May the best little diver win!
Shelby’s Snack Shack Game
Dig into the fun with Shelby’s Snack Shack Game!
Head to the beach in this game that develops counting, strategy, and fine motor skills.
Shelby the dog has buried bones all over the beach. It’s your job to collect them. Spin two spinners. The first spinner tells you what to do — win, lose, or steal bones. The second gives you the number of bones for that play. Grab the Shelby Squeezer to dig up and collect the bones. The player with the most bones in their bowl wins.
The setup, clean-up, and rules make it easy for kids of all ages to learn and play. We think you’ll be digging this game in no time.
Race to Planet X
Playing Time: 15 Minutes
It’s a Race to Planet X!
Jet into space in this game that exercises your addition and subtraction skills. Kids will reinforce their number bond knowledge with speed and some friendly competition.
Collect Power Combos, 3 cards that create a number bond, to move forward on the board. But move quickly or another player may ZAP- steal- a card from your hand. If they SMASH you, move back a space. Steer clear of the other astronauts so you can reach Planet X first!
Dino Math Tracks
Playing Time: 15 Minutes
Get on track with Dino Math Tracks!
Learn place value, addition, and subtraction along this dinosaur racetrack. Each player gets 4 dinosaurs to race in each place value position: 1s, 10s, 100s, and 1000s. Take turns rolling 4 dice to create a 4 digit number and move the corresponding dinosaur along that racetrack. You better be clever while herding those dinos to get them all across the finish line first. But uh oh! Don’t let that bratty brachiosaurus bump you off track!
More advanced levels incorporate problem-solving cards to uncover your number and give you a bit more of a challenge. With three difficulty levels, kids of different levels can play and advance in this game.
So let those math skills dino-SAUR!
Playing Time: 20 Minutes
Get ready to fill those Money Bags!
Money Bags is a realistic, easy-to-learn game that gets kids counting and exchanging money.
Players take turns rolling a die to move across the board. Each space will tell you how much money to take or exchange at the bank. Extra challenges may include collecting your money without taking any nickels. Be clever and exchange a nickel for a dime when asked to exchange a coin. The richest player at the end wins!
High Seas ADDventure
Playing Time: 15-30 Minutes
Dive into this High Seas ADDventure.
With simple rules and a little competition, kids will love this addition-based game. Pick a sea creature to swim to the treasure. Each player should have 5 number cards face up in front of themselves at all times. The rest of the deck stays in the middle. Players take turns turning one card from the deck over at a time.
The goal is to combine one of your cards with the middle card to total ten. The first player who can do this and yells “Ten!” gets the pair and moves forward a space. Shark and Octopus cards are wild so swim fast to grab them! Reach the end first and the treasure is yours!
The High Seas ADDventure comes with two difficulty levels to hone those math skills. Let the ADDventure begin.
Monster Sock Factory
Brrrrr, it’s cold out! Your kids will enjoy being workers at the Monster Sock Factory in this snow-filled valley. But hurry up and get to work! All the snow monsters need socks to keep their feet warm. Complete multiplication problems to package and ship those socks out.
Monster Sock Factory has your kids using critical thinking to decide which math equation benefits them best. Each player gets 9 stacks of monsters with 1-9 legs each. Fill orders and complete any 6 stacks of monsters to win.
Order in! To place an order, turn over an Order card. If it says “12”, an order of 12 socks just came in! You must pack and ship 12 socks. Choose how to disperse the 12 socks amongst the monsters. You might decide to give the socks to three 4-legged monsters (3 x 4=12). Make sure to announce your completed problem, “3 times 4 is 12. Packed!” You completed an order. What a sock-ccess!
The rule book comes with more ways to play and helpful hints to scaffold learning. Advanced cards can provide more of a challenge as you start to master those multiplication skills!
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best 1st-grade math board games! These games are sure to help your first grader learn to enjoy math while practicing age-appropriate math skills! Have you tried any of the games on this list? Did we miss any of your kid’s favorite math games? Drop a comment below! We’d love to hear from you.
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Cheryl is a teacher, writer, and board game fan. She likes incorporating games into all areas of her life, from classrooms and family nights to lively parties with friends. While she’s played too many to count, her favorites have always been classics like Codenames and chess.