Here at Education Possible, we’re all about interactive learning methods. Math is one of those subjects that can be challenging to teach and boring to review. That’s why I include games into our math lessons whenever possible. My kids seem to learn better when they’re having fun and there’s less pressure.
Games were incredibly easy to find when we were working on elementary math, but now that my kids are in middle school and learning fractions, decimals, and algebra, it’s become a bit more challenging. So I decided to search for games that would work for my older kids.
Here’s my huge list, full of some amazing games that will teach and challenge your middle schooler.
Because so many of the middle school math subjects overlap within the games, I’ve split the list according to the type of game it is. That way if you’re looking for a specific style of game, like an online computer game or a board game, you can easily find it.
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A fun way for teens to work on their order of operations. I love that it has a whiteboard included for kids to work through the problem visually.
Begin as a simple farmer, but work your way up as you solve a wide variety of mathematical problems.
Bounce the monkey up the steps by answering algebra questions correctly.
Work through a variety of middle school math topics with some cavemen.
Middle Schoolers will love working on their algebra skills with this Tetris-style game.
Build a spaceship and zap aliens while solving fraction equations.
A great card game that not only has numeric cards, but also operator cards that you use to get to a target number.
Build equations in a crossword-style.
A fun way to work on mental math.
Try to ring all of your numbers using math functions.
Here’s a great post showing how a teacher uses Numero with her students.
The original logic game where you try to get your red car unstuck. Many levels of play.
A crossword-style game that uses tiles.
See if your kids can arrange 25 cards from a deck so that the rows and columns equal a certain number.
Played just like the board game (get partners to guess the word without using key terms), except the cards you create are math related.
A simple twist on an old game. Students solve algebraic problems to mark off a box.
Just like the old favorite, but kids have to know their fraction, decimal, and percent equivalents.
Students try to match up fractions, decimals, and percents.
You’ll choose a random 2+ digit number and 6 single digit numbers. The object is to have students build an equation that equals the large number, by using all of the single numbers.
A game of chance that uses integer addition.
Players solve equations to see who wins each round of this game, similar to war.
An interactive way for students to determine which fractions are equivalent.
Use a deck of playing cards to work on the concept of exponents.
This is a Bingo type of game, except the problems are solved in the kid’s head. Great way to work on mental math.
A fun dice game to work on the concept of probability.
A two player card game focusing on multiplying integers.
Just like the standard game, except the cards you’ll play with are all related to math.
This free download includes directions for 10 different games appropriate for middle schoolers. Games like Fraction War, Connect It, and Integer Multiplication War
Students roll the dice, fill in the numbers and complete the equation.
A card game that focuses on percentages.
Make your own Uno cards so they include mathematical terms instead of individual numbers.
Kids race around the track solving square root problems.
Use this software to make your own printable tarsia puzzle using math symbols and equations. Kids will put it together by combining like terms.
An Angles and Protractor Game.
Find the exponent before the alien lands.
No matter what you’re studying in math, they’ve got a game for it. Plus logic and strategy games.
Get rid of the parachuting “decimals” by choosing the correct fraction equivalents.
See how Susan used this video game with her son to learn algebra.
These Jeopardy games cover just about every topic middle schoolers study in math.
Math games to help students build up their skills in decimals, percents, pre-algebra and geometry.
This website contains a bunch of games for your students to play online, covering a wide variety of middle school math subjects. Popular games like Jepoardy and Millionaire.
Solve algebra equations to move up in this Millionaire type game.
Try to get your red car out of the traffic jam using logic and strategic thinking. Played just like the board game rush hour.
Graph Paper Games
It’s a tic-tac-toe game that requires students to convert numbers to or from meters.
With this fun game, students work on area, spatial reasoning, and reviewing all kinds of math facts.
Kids team up and race against each other to be the first to complete a set of mathematical challenges.
A great idea for math review time. You can use any problems for kids to solve in order to shoot the ball.
Get kids moving while solidifying the concept of coordinate graphing.
I love the idea of creating a bunch of probability games and turning them into a carnival!
If your kids love to play detective, they’ll love this creative way to study algebra. They’ll use math skills to solve six thefts.
I love using real life examples when teaching my kids. This activity is all about finances in the real world. Students will work on budgeting, bookkeeping, loan payments, etc.
What is your favorite middle school math game?