Homeschooling has its ups and downs but what I find the most challenging and has the most downs is math.

I’ve never been very good at math, and I’ve often found if I voice that then it projects onto my kids. So, I’ve had to really button my lips and them grumbling and groaning about math has dramatically changed. I don’t hear anymore “I can’t do this!” or “this is way too hard!” before they open the books. Now they are opening their books and ready to go before I get to the table!

I believe it’s not only because I have stopped showing how much I am terrible at math but also because they are out of the school they were in which also diminished their self esteem so much.. But also, because I try not to make it too formal. I add fun to math, I add hands on activities and I try to make sure they are doing work that is not only grade level appropriate but also age, and emotionally appropriate.

What exactly does that mean? Well, my kids have been through a lot. While one may be above grade level, one may be slightly behind and one may be right on par however, they’ve been through a lot emotionally and I want to make sure I am sensitive to that so learning isn’t a chore but is something they look forward to.

Taking all of that into consideration making math more about fun education is what I’m focusing on. Unlike school where it’s no fun, forced and drive kids away I want them to embrace math, and love it like I once did (when I could remember all my multiplications and fractions without answers in the back of the book that is! )

So, I’ve got a list of 10 educational and fun math activities for kids to share! If your kids need a little bit of fun education and a little less forced, more exciting that doesn’t drive kids away you may want to take a peek at the list below!

1. Tally Marks Busy Bag

2. Alligator Math

3. Patterned Multiplication Circle

4. Sort and Count Math Bottles

5. Lego Duplo Math

6. Geometric Shapes

7. Uno Flip

8. Number Line Run

9. Fraction Connect Four

10. Stomp It Place Value

**How do you keep math fun yet educational?**

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

These are such great ideas. Math is one of those subjects that you HAVE to make fun.

Rosey says

We add fun to math here too. My husband’s a Math Wiz and I keep crossing my fingers the kids inherited that from him. ;)

Pam says

My daughter hated math. She was always more willing to try it if it was fun though.

melisasource says

These are great! My son struggles in math, so I’ll definitely be using these!

Betsy Segars says

These are GREAT activities! I’m sharing with all my mommy friends.

Carmen Perez (listen2mama) says

These are all fantastic. So many kids struggle with math, that anything that can help them sounds great!

Fi Ní Neachtáin says

Oh these are great ideas for making maths fun. I always hated maths but luckily my 2 year old seems to love counting :)

chrissie says

going to pass this on to my daughter as I am sure she can use a few of these idea

Catherine S says

These are all great ideas. I really like the Fractions Connect Four. We liked to play Monopoly and I would have my son be the banker.

Ronda says

Oiy…don’t even say that dreaded “M” word around me! I have always struggled with Math! Looks like you have come up with some great fun ideas! Great job, Mama!!

Rachelle J says

These are great! I’m going to use these during summer break!

Lesley says

These are all really good ideas. I love math activities, its so much easier to be “hands on” when it comes to math.

aimee fauci says

I miss the old school Math taught in schools. I love these Math concepts but sadly, I need help with my 2nd grader and her Math and it only gets more ridiculous with how they teach now. Sorry.. off band wagon.

Terri Ramsey Beavers says

Thank you so much for sharing, I’ll bookmark this to share with the kids. Aly competes in math every year for her school and she loves doing all math. Even math she learned yrs ago. Math was not my subj.

Marcie W. says

Much like myself, my kids are not the biggest math fans. I am always open to fun new ways to engage and educate them!

Melissa says

Fractions Connect 4 Sounds like so much fun! I would love to implement some of these lessons to help my daughter enjoy math more.

celebbabylaundry says

These are so awesome, what fun ways to educate our kids and teach them math!

Nina Say says

My daughters are obsessed with Uno Flip right now. I’m glad it made a cool list like this one. :)

lisa says

What great ideas to keep math fun for the kids!

onceuponamaritime says

This is a really great idea, making math fun is perfect to help them learn it far easier and get more interested in it too!

Carol Cassara says

If thre were products like this when I was young I’d have loved math.

Cara (@StylishGeek) says

When my daughter was in her preschool years it was the games, like UNO, that help her love grow for math! Thanks for sharing your list! I will share them with my friends who have younger kids. :)

Theresa says

I cringe when my daughter asks me for math help. I usually send her to her dad lol. Thanks for the resources for additional help!

Britney says

I love learning new ideas! Thanks so much for the information!

Sharon says

I don’t home school, but four of our six kids need math help and it makes me nuts. I’m totally taking some of your ideas! THANK YOU!!!!

Beth@FrugalFroggie says

I don’t homeschool. So for the most part we are doing homework. But these are great tips to use over the summer

Crystal says

Math doesn’t have to be boring drills. These are such great ways to engage our kids. I know this list will come in handy, especially over the summer when I’m trying to sneak in some academics.

Penelope says

You are so creative! I know it always helped me to have something tangible to look at or manipulate when learning new skills in math. Even still I’m not sure I would have realized how many I have around the house already.

Alli says

I always hated Math, too! Maybe if I would have had fun activities like this I wouldn’t have hated it as much.

Jessica Harlow says

I struggled with math all through school and see the same disheartening low-confidence in math with my daughters. I really think it makes a difference to increase confidence using numbers. Kids approach it differently. This is a great list of resources!

christina says

These are perfect for summer when kids get bored and you want them to use their brains a little!

KIMBERLY CROISANT says

I love those ideas…but I find my son does not listen to me. I can’t wait until Kindergarten – he is so ready. I love the block idea. we can certainly do that one.

Mama to 5 BLessings says

We homesschool. These are all fun and great ways to learn especially for little ones.

Chubskulit Rose says

My daughter love Math but my son , not so much. What we always do is do it in a fun way too so he would be more engaged.

Stacey- Travel Blogger says

The words “math” and “fun” don’t belong in the same sentence together as far as I am concerned lol! But, I will check these out and it may change my mind!

Felissa @ Two Little Cavaliers says

Math is always tough! Any way that can make it easier and more fun would be great for me!

Chrysa says

These are some great ideas! My nephew loves math and these will help encourage him further!

Olivia Schwab says

This is a great roundup! It is very common for kids to not like math so making it fun is a great way to get them to like it! It also makes learning fun as well!

April G says

We do it all day long, whether we’re counting or adding or subtracting. The little one doesn’t do games yet, so I can’t do much with the toddler since the little one will take the pieces. I’ll have to check these out and see if I can make them work.

Bonnie @ wemake7 says

These are really great, thank you! One of my kiddos is struggling with Math so I bet she would like these.

Yona Williams says

OMGoodness…I love the UNO Flip idea for teaching kids. I love that game, and I think it’s really cool how it can be used in this way.

Janell @ Saving You Dinero says

This is a great resource! I homeschool so I always like to find these ideas.

Maria says

Fun activities! I need to start planning our summer vacation with these fun activities.

Tyra says

So important to make math fun. Great ideas for tackling that tough subject.

Cinny says

I know some people who were home schooled. What great fun activities to learn with.

Mariana says

Love these ideas! It’s so important to keep learning fun.

Sarah B (@East9thStreet) says

Ohhh, the UNO flip game is genius! My 5 year old loves UNO and this would be a great way for her to practice her subtraction.

Colette - JamericanSpice says

I love this list and I also love that there is a lego duplo version in the list too because my children love legos!

Thanks for sharing.

Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies says

These are some great math activities! I’d love to try these out with my son. Thanks!

Roselynn says

Math has always been a subject I was terrible at since elementary school and I struggled a lot to get by. It’s so nice to know all the tools these days to help our kids with the subject especially for parents like me who don’t excel in it themselves.

Krystal says

Some of these are such creative activities! My toddler would love to try some of these.

HilLesha says

Wonderful list! Math was never a strong point for me when growing up. However, my son loves it.

Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says

I love #7. Uno Flip looks fun! Thanks for sharing these!

Amber NElson says

This is a great idea for that extra help in math!

Christie says

These are some great picks! I’ll have to check out the Lego game for my son

Ann Bacciaglia says

We used to do math and spelling games. If they answered a question correctly then they got a quarter. They had fun and were learning.

M from The Stay-at-Home Life says

We’re not quite at this level yet, I’m bookmarking for when we are.

Jocelyn McGaffic says

I just started homeschooling and these are some great ideas. I will incorporate some into our math routine.

Amanda O. says

These are great ideas. I can’t wait to share with my son.

Lisa Bristol says

When my kids were little we played games where the kids had to do math. Monopoly is a great game to teach about money.

Emily says

Games make learning much more fun! I am bad at math too. I hope I can still help my kids with their homework in a few years!

Lynndee says

They all look fun indeed. My son used to have those cards and I remember him really enjoying math because of those. He loves math and he’s already 12 now.

geanine says

Great tips! I love play time with the kids has a hidden learning aspect. They enjoy it, and they are clueless they are learning :)

Debbie Denny says

Sounds like really good activities. I was never good at math myself.

kristin says

Its summer time here and these are great for kids. Have to keep them learning so they dont lose that knowledge the year before.