Today we have a list of math toys that are some fun occupational therapy toys that build math skills. In OT sessions, we might not teach math, specifically, but we do support individuals in IADLs such as cooking, balancing a budget, shopping, and safety (among every other area of living!). And guess what, each of these areas require a knowledge and use of math!
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WHy Math Toys?
So when math impacts function and safety, occupational therapists might come up with adaptations and modifications for the functional task. However, we can also recommend PLAY (another functional area!) as a tool to develop and target the area of math so the individual can function.
In the schools, occupaitonal therapists support the education of students. When specific math toys might build on underlying areas through movement, OTs might recommend a specific toy.
These math toy suggestions can work for educators and parents looking for multisensory learning, as well!
Math toys support fine motor STEM skills. More schools and curriculum are incorporating STEM and STEM lessons into the school environment, and math is an essential piece of that equation. Occupational therapy can appreciate this because STEM and STEAM also involves fine motor skills!
If we can combine math skills with play, AND developing areas such as working memory and fine motor skills, we have a powerful math toy!
After a long day of school, kids just do not want to practice more math facts. Their brains are exhausted from being “on” all day, and they need to relax with movement and fun. But sometimes, kids need extra help with practicing math concepts. So, how can you work on important skills when the kids are just over memorizing math facts and flashcards?
You play! These are the best toys and games that build math skills and are not only fun, they are going to work on math concepts. These math activities are playful and fun and will help with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, sequencing, patterns, money, and time. We’ve got math games to fit all ages and stages. These are the toys I’m looking at this year and have more than a few on my shopping list!
Math Toys and Games
Pattern Games and Toys
Use Baby Bear Counters (affiliate link) with the book. Although, my kids are fond of using Teddy Graham Crackers (affiliate link)with this book, too!
Sequencing Games and Toys
Counting and Number Toys and Games
One of my favorite math (and fine motor) recommendations is Avalanche Fruit Stand Game. (affiliate link) Kids can count and match fruit while using tweezers on an inclined surface. It’s an Occupational Therapist’s dream tool.
Learning Resources One To Ten Counting Cans (affiliate link)
is perfect for preschoolers who are learning one-to-one correspondence, number identification, and counting skills.
Every child loves cookies. This Counting Cookies (affiliate link)
game builds basic math counting skills with cookies and a cookie jar.
Mini Muffin Match Up (affiliate link) is another fine motor math game that encourages sorting, counting, and matching.
Shape Identification Toys and Games
This Shape Sorting Cupcakes (affiliate link)
is another preschool game that will work on beginning math skills. Kids can practice shape identification while practicing fine motor skills.
Addition and Subtraction Games and Toys
Tiggly Counts (affiliate link) is an interactive math game that is played with iPads and tablets. This game is very cool and makes math on a screen become hands-on.
Monopoly Junior (affiliate link) is great for kids aged 5-8. We just recently started playing Monopoly to work on addition and subtraction and it’s a hit!
Multiplication and Division Toys
Say Cheese (affiliate link) teaches multiplication skills in a mouse and cheese race game.
Time Telling Toys
We’ve got this Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock (affiliate link)
and love it for the shape puzzle and for teaching time telling concepts.
Fractions Math Toys
Learning Resources Pizza Fraction Fun (affiliate link) introduces kids to fractions and has multiple ways to play for more fraction challenges including adding and subtracting fractions.
Work on more fraction skills with Fractions Bingo Game. (affiliate link)
Did you find some new gift ideas? What is on your shopping list this year?