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**Learning Maths Through Games**

20th May 2014

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Why play games? What educational benefits are there to be gained from games? Are some games better than others? Can we justify the use of games in Maths lessons?

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**What is a mathematical game?**

2 or more players Take turns A ‘winning’ situation Be able to exercise some choice

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Two distinct purposes Games with a specific mathematical learning objective Games that develop thinking skills, mathematical strategy, intuition and puzzle solving

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**Some examples… Games with a specific mathematical learning objective**

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Some examples… 2. Games that develop thinking skills, mathematical strategy, intuition or puzzle solving

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6 + 4 = 10 10 take away 9 makes 1 1 add 17 is 18 18…… Competitive aim – stop your partner from going Collaborative aim – cross off as many as possible

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**Benefits of Using Games**

Motivation Positive attitude Increased learning Generation of discussion Different levels of learning Assessment Home and school Independence Language barriers

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Maths games in action!

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