Maths board games are a great way to get children hooked and engaged with maths. I've collated a collection of board game templates which can be modified to make your own maths game board which will teach many different aspects of both KS1 and KS2 maths. The templates are all printable at either A4 or A3 size and can be printed in either black and white or colour to really get your maths students engrossed in their learning.
As you can see below, there are a variety of different themes to choose from that make maths practice fun and painless. Thanks to Tim Van De Vell for the designs.
At the moment they're all generic and don't feature anything maths related, so here's how to fix that:
Pimp up your maths board
Your first job is to change the board itself. You can do this in a generic way so that it can be used to teach all aspects of maths. The way I changed the game board is by adding a question mark at random places along the board. When the children land on a question mark they pick up a card and have to answer it. You can decide what they do after this.
Here are some examples:
- If they answer correctly, they move forward two spaces.
- If they answer correctly, they get another roll.
- If they get it wrong, they miss a turn next time.
- Feel free to add your own ideas here. I'm sure you get the idea.
When you make your own maths board game, you can draw a space on the board too to show where the cards should be placed. You could have two different sets of cards. One could be a question mark and one an exclamation mark. This would be a similar way to how Chance and Community Chest are used in Monopoly. The cards could have different types of questions on them or could be used for another purpose.
Here are some examples of how this could work:
- The question marks could be for times table questions and the exclamation marks could be for related division facts.
- The question marks could be for basic facts and the exclamation marks could be for using and applying or maths mastery.
- One may be for maths questions and the other could be something fun like trying to touch your nose with your tongue. Urgh! You get the idea.
Design a set of question cards
You can make these yourself, use playing cards or use maths cards that are already in the school. You can laminate them too and print them in colour if you have time and the budget for this. (The playing card idea can be used where the children pick two cards and have to add or multiply them together.) If you're struggling for ideas of what to put on the question cards then my primary maths resources area is quite useful for this.
Gather your extras
You'll also need a set of counters and a dice to play the games. I'd recommend a maximum of 4 players at once as children will probably get board (bored! geddit??) waiting for their turn if there are any more players than this.
Maths board games are suitable for KS1, KS2 and KS3 Maths as kids and adults of all ages love playing board games. So why not try making your own and let me know in the comments below how you get on. Any tips or additions would be gratefully received. Have fun!