10 Best Online Game Sites for Homeschool Math

by Jimmie Lanley on January 18, 2012

Online Math Games for Homeschool

Online math games are a fun way to add variety into a living math approach. They can be used as rewards, review, or even an introduction to a new concept, depending on the game. Here are ten of the best math game sites for homeschoolers, arranged in no particular order.

1. Math Game Time

Math Game Time has games for preK to seventh grade. Besides being arranged by grade, games are also arranged in a convenient list of skills such as fractions, probability, multiplication, etc. The games are fairly simple in their layout but do provide an engaging format for practicing what might be boring on a worksheet.

 

2.  MangaHigh.com

Magna High has over a dozen very attractive math games. I started playing and couldn’t stop!  To get full versions, a teacher is supposed to sign up a “school.” It appears that signing up a homeschool is accaptable, and there is no cost. But the free game I sampled was pretty impressive.

Mousing over the games on the home page will show you what math skills are used in the game.

3.  Funbrain.com

Funbrain includes a math arcade among other academic subjects. Games are also arranged by grade level K-8.

4. Number Nut

Number nut activities are really online quizzes instead of real games. The site is easy to navigate with lots of math skills featured. The home page outlines all the main topics very clearly.

5.  Toy Theater

Among other subjects, Toy Theater has a math category. The games are very attractive but graphically simple. All of the games deal with basic math skills for the youngest of learners — less than and greater than, matching, counting, and patterns.

6. Multiplication.com

Games are one feature of the entire system of teaching multiplication offered at Multiplication.com. The games all center around memorizing the multiplication tables, so they are not arranged any other way than my theme. However, you can select a single math problem and get games that cover it. (It would be nice if you could select multiple problems, but that is not an option.)

7. Illuminations

Illuminations is an educational (not commercial) site, so there are no ads. And there is an emphasis on learning rather than on fun or style. The games are truly online exercises, but there is a wealth to choose from, including advanced topics for high schoolers.

Games are divided into four broad grade groupings: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Before selecting a game, you are shown a screenshot, a title, and a short blurb about the math skills in the game.

8. Math is Fun

The home page of Math is Fun is divided by concept and leads to textbook like information. There are some games, but the most valuable part of the site is probably the multiplication drill activities that help a child memorize through repeated exposure.

9. Hooda Math

The games on this site are fairly well done and cover a good range of math skills. Games are divided into three broad categories:  logic, arithmetic, and geometry, so it’s fairy easy to find a game for whatever topic you need.

10. Arcademic Skill Builders

On this site, the games are neatly organized along a yellow horizontal strip:  Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Integers, Decimals, Money, Fractions, Time and other non-math topics.

The games are moderately engaging and do a good job of focusing on the math skills being reviewed or taught.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Gregor January 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

http://www.Soolver.com – step by step free online calculator. Really fun:)

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Amber January 18, 2012 at 10:14 am

wonderful resource!!!! :-)

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Janet January 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Fantastic top ten list! Love http://www.MathGameTime.com and http://www.HoodaMath.com! Will check out the others too…

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Sandwich in Wi January 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Thanks for all the resources! We have used multiplication.com extensively and my kids really like it. I’m going to go check out the number nut site as I see ratios listed there–something we are studying right now.

Another one the kids have really enjoyed is http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/mahjong/mahjong_multiplication.htm What I like about this game is that kids can match multiplication facts in a variety of ways with the tiles. For example, obviously tiles reading 4×6 and 24 would match. But the tile 4×6 ALSO matches with the tiles 8×3 or 12×2. It’s been a little “ding” for my kids when they REALLY realized that all of these facts belonged to the product 24.

Blessings,
Sandwich

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Paula January 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Thank you for sharing these! I need all the help I can get for math review.

We really like http://www.bigbrainz.com . Download a free good quality multiplication and division review.

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lee January 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

We have a “school” signed up at Magna High :) They have recently added things for younger kids, but the original games were for high school, so it’s a great resource since most math game sites are for younger kids.

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Mary January 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

I’m going to use some of these – we’ve been doing a lot of online math games recently…. we are doing a review of one that I just LOVE… I think Sprite would like it, too (it’s not free, though! ): http://mathrider.com/

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Tai January 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

Thank you!! My kids are only allowed to play educational games during the week. They will love adding some new ones :)

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Amber @ Classic Housewife January 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

Thank YOU!!! I needed to find some of these. My kids need some fresh math games. Thanks!

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Lisa January 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Jimmie,
I love your blog. It has been a tremendous help to me this year as we embarked on our first year of using the CM method of education.
We are praying about using Ambleside Online for next year’s curriculum. However, seeing all the subjects that it covers, plus all the subjects that I would have to add to it, seems so overwhelming to me! I don’t see how I could possibly cover all that material! I was wondering if you have any insight about using Ambleside. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. :)
Many blessings,
Lisa

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Rebecca January 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

We love Fun Brain!!!!!

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Irina January 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

Thank you for taking the time to put all these into one tidy place. It’s very helpful and I appreciate it!

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Paul January 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

You missed mrnussbaum.com!

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Honey @ Sunflower Schoolhouse January 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

Hey Jimmie,
I just happened to have a math website open in my browser. Have you been here – http://jmathpage.com/index.html ?
Blessings
Honey

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Alan July 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

A fabulous site for addition and subtraction game practice is http://www.Fun4theBrain.com. Natasha has developed some AMAZING games!

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Bryan February 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Great list. One new site I like is Knowledge Mouse (http://knowledgemouse.com/km/math_games/new?auto_start=1) – they have a little online arithmetic math game where you travel from planet to planet by solving arithmetic questions. Good for multiplication table practice.

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learning games for kids April 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Great recommendations! Thank you for posting! Do you know if these websites are free to join or play?

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Lisa May 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Definitely check out sumdog.com too!

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Kathy Deak September 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

You really need to add Mathopoly.ca to the list of great in depth math games for home schoolers. It has been a fantastic addition to our learning community.

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Abigail October 2, 2013 at 3:57 am

I have a question: why homeschooling?, is that you do not want your children to socialize or is it that you consider better than all the teachers that studied years to prepare someone as your child? Does it make you think that you are a better mom for doing this? Really? I am trying to ask withouth being rude, is really that I do not understand. And I would like to know what my kids are missing. I am sure there are other reasons just what to know… Thanks and sorry for doing this. But someone has to ask.

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Tammy November 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

http://www.gregtangmath.com Greg Tang’s books and awesome online games, including Kakooma, are now FREE!

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Jennifer February 1, 2014 at 8:47 pm

We love mathblaster.com! Actually, we use Time4Learning as our math curriculum and my kids love that too – it’s full of videos and engaging graphics that keep ‘em engaged. :)

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