Math skills are needed in every aspect of life. Many children begin school enjoying math. Then, unfortunately for many students something happens to change this along the way.
In this study, we focus on math games published and made available via popular source in the United States. This source specializes in learning games for many topics geared towards elementary school children. We explore the extent to which cultural relevance and design guidelines/best practices for learning games are embedded in almost 100 math games.
Math is an important part of learning for children in the early years because it provides vital life skills. Math games provide a structure and process for children to engage in problem solving in order to reach a particular goal or objective.
Math games provide interactive learning that helps with skill review and practice. Math play is evident in pretend play, block play, literacy play, outdoor play and science play. Math play helps children problem solve, measure and develop their own spatial awareness.
Math is Everywhere! Children will have the opportunity to create connections to help discover relationships with everyday objects, surroundings, people, and interactions.