Free Math Online Games
For elementary & middle school
Place Value Games
Have you ever noticed that the smallest number – zero – is what turns a one into a ten? You may have heard the old saying “Location, location, location” – well, in this case, that’s what it’s all about.
These games test your ability to understand place value – learning what each digit in a number means, from ones through to… even millions.
You will also learn about expanded form – how you can show a total number through its different parts. Base ten blocks aren't neglected either.
There are tests to help you revise your schoolwork, or games offering a fun experience that can help you to learn. Whether you’re helping a bear catch basetenblocks as they float down a river, or working out how to place the right amount of weights to balance a set of scales against funny jungle animals, there’s plenty to suit you here!
Rounding Games
Rounding up or rounding down, these games will show who’s the sharpest in town!
Learning how to round to the nearest number is a basic skill in math – and these games practice your ability to do so.
Rounding Spaceships tests your ability to round to the nearest ten, while Rounding Sharks has you rounding to the nearest 100.
The rounding principals are quite simple: When rounding to ten, a number of five or above will round upwards to the next ten, while a number of four or below will round down. For hundreds, a number of 50 or above rounds upwards, otherwise you round down. Once you reach that crucial halfway point, you round up. Got it?
Then take on those spaceships and sharks and show what you can do!
Comparing Numbers
Can you compare two numbers to work out which is the larger amount of pocket money? If you get the right answer, then it’s more sweets for you!
This series of online activities will exercise your ability to compare numbers – to see which is larger, smaller or whether one is the same as another. The exercises also introduce you to the correct symbols used in math to represent these, so < for less than, > for greater than and = for equal.
The games will take you from the edge of space in UFOs in Space to matching wits with a genie of the lamp in Magic Lamp Comparing. You will also find drills to refresh your classroom skills and exercises that can make learning fun.
Give them a go, and show your math skills to be the greatest!
Ordering Numbers
Learning how to place numbers in order is an important skill in math – and here you can practice how to do it while having fun at the same time!
Each activity asks you to pick numbers from lowest to highest – whether that’s placing seeds in the right order along a branch to help out a friendly caterpillar in Caterpillar Slider, picking the racing cars in the right order as they zip across your screen in Ordering Oldsmobile Cars or popping balloons marked with numbers from the lowest number to the highest in Balloon Pop Ordering. There are also classroomstyle drills, where you place numbers in the right order along a number track or arrange number cards in the right order.
Mastering the ability to place numbers in order is a building block that will help you as you develop your math skills, so let these games help you become an expert!
Telling Time
Learn how to tell the time and you will have a skill that you will use every day for the rest of your life!
There are different ways to show the time – with a clock face with hands showing hours, minutes and seconds; on a digital clock in numbers; or with the numbers written in words – and there are exercises in this section to test them all.
The activities range from basics – such as being able to place the numbers in their correct place on the clock face in Clock Face to being able to recognise times in different formats. The more complex games ask you to work out what the time will be in a certain number of hours or minutes too, testing your ability to add or subtract time.
Even the tougher challenges can be fun, however, with games such as Clockworks, Bedtime Bandits and Matching Times proving an enjoyable way to learn!
Skip Counting
Counting is carried out in steps – you can count in steps of one at a time, such as 1,2,3 and so on, but you can also count in steps of more than one. Perhaps you might count in steps of three – counting up in threes such as 3,6,9,12,etc. This is called skip counting.
The exercises in this section range from skipping 2s to 5s and more – some of the activities allowing you to specify which number you wish to use to skip count.
Some of the activities challenge you to count backwards, such as in the Skip Counting Back And Forth drill, and some start counting from higher numbers – you could start in the hundreds.
Practice makes the number steps familiar – and helps you learn the pattern of numbers in skip counting, making it easier to build on for more math challenges ahead!
Addition
Adding numbers is at the heart of learning math – and this huge list of games and exercises has a host of ways to make that learning fun.
There are exercises here to appeal to everyone – from steering a space capsule to the right answers in Lunar Lander to choosing the right answers to help you work your way out of an Egyptian vault in Pyramid Escape. There are worksheetstyle exercises and games where a timer ticks down to add an extra edge to the challenge!
Ideal for introducing first and second grade kids to addition, these interactive puzzles and drills are an ideal way to get learning off to a great start.
Subtraction
Just as with addition, subtraction is one of the most important skills in math – and again, we have a vast number of ways in which to help you learn.
There are familiar classroom exercises, such as using number cards in the Matching Subtraction exercise, or using the Count Back Number Line to be able to work out an answer clearly by counting back along the line to get your result. There are also drills such as Three Digit Subtraction Practice and Subtraction Questions which can take you stepbystep through the process of subtraction.
It’s not all classroomstyle, however, with lots of fun games too – from a fruit shoot where you have to take aim at the right answers to the Aquatic Speedway where being right will help your fish win a race! There are lots more, so dive on in – there’s something for everyone.
Multiplication
After learning about addition and subtraction, the next step is multiplication – and we’ve got a host of activities to help you master the skill.
There are more than 15 different exercises available, from fun games such as Snowball Fight to classroomstyle exercises such as the card matching of Matching Multiplication.
Some of the activities allow you to specify the numbers you are working with, which is an ideal way to practice your knowledge of times tables. Others are up against the clock, so test how quickly you can reach the right answer.
Children looking to practice will find plenty to choose from – and teachers too looking for computer activities for their students.
So test your skills and learn more about multiplication as you do!
Division
Division is a part of math that some feel unsure of – but there’s no need to worry, as these games and activities will show.
There are fun ways to learn here, such as the jungle fun of Croc Doc, with you needing to pick the right answer to a division question from the jaws of the crocodiles or Number Invaders where alien invaders can only be shot down by shooting the ship that has the right answer on it.
Or you can try out Matching Division, where you pair up cards – putting the card with a division question on it together with the card carrying the right answer.
There is also a series of games introducing the idea of factors – the numbers which can produce a higher number. Division XFactor 12, for example, involves the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12 – the factors of the number 12. This helps to reinforce the link between multiplication and division.
With so many ways to learn, before you know it you’ll be a whizz at division!
Long Division
While some may find long division tricky to understand, these activities will help make things clear as day.
Step by step, these exercises guide kids through long division problems – with some, such as Long Division With Help, having assistance on hand at the click of a button.
Some of the puzzles also deal with sums that have a remainder, introducing the concept in a relaxed and friendly way.
Working your way through these puzzles will soon help you understand long division and how to go about it – so give it a whirl!
Order of Operations
Is 2+4x3 equal to 18 or 14? In order to know, you need to know which order sums need to be solved in to get the right answer. That’s called order of operations.
When solving any math puzzle, there’s a simple phrase to help you remember which order to work out a sum in – and that’s Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. Look at the first letter of each word – the P is for Parenthesis (the sums in brackets), E for Exponents (such as a square number or a square root), then M for multiplication and D for division, before A for addition and S for subtraction.
If you answered 14 to that original question, give yourself a gold star – it’s multiplication first and 4x3 is 12, so 2+12=14.
Now hop in to this host of games and activites – some offering simple orders of operation with only some elements such as multiplication, division, addition and subtraction and others offering the whole range – and practice until recognising the right order is second nature!
Identifying Fractions
The first step of working with fractions is being able to recognize what they are, and that’s what these games help you to do.
Start with the friendly fun of Jelly Golf, where you swing back your golf club around the sweep of a circle. But how far? That’s where the fractions come in – as a cartoon golf caddy tells you whether it’s halfway or three quarters, and so on.
In Fraction Balls, you have to steer a ball marked with a fraction into a cup filled to the matching level, while in Fishy Fractions you have to steer a bird to scoop up the fish with the matching fraction shown on its skin to what is written at the top of the screen. Careful of objects that get in the way, though!
The last exercise, Visual Fractions, helps to reinforce what a fraction of a shape looks like by colouring in the amount that corresponds to a written fraction.
All of this is done in a fun way – before you know it, you’ll be eagle eyed when it comes to recognising fractions!
Equivalent Fractions
Some fractions have different numbers – but may actually be the same as one another. Half an apple is just the same as two quarters of an apple, even though one is written as ½ and another as 2/4. The games in this section help you to learn how to spot when two fractions are the same.
There are eight activities available, ranging from the simpler activities of Matching Cards and Matching Fractions, which deal with simpler fractions, through to the more challenging Triplets, which presents three different ways of showing equivalent fractions that you have to match up.
Activities range from matching up number cards through to the fun of games such as Target Shoot, where you have to shoot the target with the matching fraction.
Before you realize, you’ll be fantastic at recognizing fractions!
Comparing Fractions
Knowing which fraction is the larger one is an important skill – not least of all when it comes to making sure you get a bigger piece of cake! 1/5 of a cake is smaller than ¼ so make sure you can recognize the difference between two fractions with a helping hand from these online exercises.
In Comparison Shootout/span>, you take to the soccer field, with your answer of whether one fraction is smaller or larger than another determines whether or not you beat the goalkeeper! In Balloon Pop, you must pop balloons with fractions shown on them in ascending order from smallest to largest.
In Ariel Fractions, the Little Mermaid needs your help to recognize which is the largest fraction, while in Fractions Gallery, you must hang pictures showing fractions on the wall in order from lowest to highest.
Each drill will test your ability to recognise the different sizes of fractions – and each activity is a great way for kids and teachers to introduce fractions in a fun way.
Decimal
It’s time to introduce the decimal – and here are a range of great ways to become familiar with decimals and how to handle them.
With more than 20 different activities on offer here, you will find fun ways to learn about using decimals and classroomstyle drills to practice their use. There are exercises asking you to identify the position of a decimal and games which take you to the likes of the American Football field to solve problems (in Football Math) or to do battle with pirates in Place Value Pirates.
Some activities involve addition or subtraction of decimals, while others ask you to round to the nearest tenth or hundredth. Some even deal with comparing fractions and decimals!
From the first steps with decimals to challenges for those more confident, you’ll find a wealth of ways in which to learn here!
Percentage
Whether you’re just being introduced to percentages or able to handle more complex problems involving them, you’ll find all you need here to test your knowledge.
The online activities here will give kids all they need to become confident in dealing with percentages.
There are games such as Balloon Invaders – where you need to pop the balloon with the right answer to a question about percentages – and word puzzles asking you to work out a percentage from a puzzle written out in words, in Percentage Word Problems.
There are also drills which deal with fractions and decimals and how they are linked to percentages.
Whether it’s classroom exercises or fun games that teach as you play, there’s plenty here for kids ranging from beginners with percentages to more advanced puzzles.
One thing for sure – you’ll be 100% certain of improving your math skills!
Negative Numbers
Welcome to the world of negative numbers – and a gentle introduction that’s sure to combine fun and learning.
In these activities, kids can show their ability to use negative numbers in addition or subtraction, and how to sort negative numbers based on size.
In Speedboat Negative Numbers, students are shown two math problems, and must click on the one that has a positive result in order to make their speedboat zip along the track faster.
Number Balls challenges kids to click on balls on the screen in ascending order, from lowest to highest.
Learning about negative numbers can be a positive experience, so give it a whirl!
Probability
Learning about probability helps you to understand the likelihood of something happening.
With this host of games and activities, you will find an easy way to get to grips with probability – starting with the basic concepts as introduced in Basic Probability Practice, which asks a series of questions asking the student to answer if something is certain, probably, unlikely or impossible.
Other games and quizzes build on these basic concepts – all while having fun along the way!
With nine different exercises available in this section, what are the chances of improving your skill with math? I’d say probable!
Pattern
Being able to recognize patterns in math can tell you a lot about numbers.
For example, can you spot what the missing number should be in this sequence? 2, 4, 8, ? Being able to recognize what the pattern is can tell you the math operation you need to carry out in order to find the right answer – in this case, 16, with the number doubling each time.
This series of games and activities tests your ability to recognize such patterns – and learn how to work out the missing answers, including using their ability with addition and subtraction.
There are a dozen games in total, ranging from the tutorial and short practice of Find The Rule, through to fun games such as Crack The Safe Code, where only the right answer will open the safe.
Test them out, and see how good an eye you have for recognising patterns!
Angles
Have fun learning about angles with this series of interactive games.
These five activities will introduce angles to kids – and how to understand them.
In Shoot The Spaceship, you must tilt a laser at the correct angle to be able to fire at an alien. In Playground, you must aim a hose at targets in a playground by setting it at an angle to hit the right spot.
In Kung Fu Angles, you must set your Kung Fu Warrior at the right angle to face his oncoming opponent, while in Telescope Star Gazing, you’re up against the clock to set your telescope to the right number of degrees to spot eight different stars in the sky before the sunrise.
Finally, Alien Angles gives you a helping hand with a protractor to be able to target an alien. You will be told the degree the alien was spotted at and you must recreate that angle with lines on the protractor.
Give it a go and see how much fun learning about angles can be!
Money
Learning about money is a math skill that you will use every day.
The activities here will teach kids basic skills with money – such as adding and subtracting, as well as counting change.
There are puzzles which teach how to make change, or to recognize different coins and bills, and to see if you have enough money to buy something.
All of the activities are in the form of educational games – making learning about money a fun thing to do!
Try out Coin Machine Theater – where you can watch short super hero movies if you can work out the right amount of money to put in the slot. Or go diving for coins in Treasure Hunt, or take a trip to the carnival and work out the right coins to use for various games in Coin Carnival.
With a friendly approach that’s encouraging to young children, this collection of games is priceless!
Symmetry
Symmetry involves shapes – and these activities will help you understand the difference between shapes that are symmetrical and those which are not.
For example, a square is symmetrical – because you can fold it down its centre and it will fit neatly on top of itself on the other half of the fold. A shape that doesn’t fit when folded across its axis is not symmetrical, or asymmetrical as it is called.
Lines of Symmetry introduces the idea of horizontal or vertical lines of symmetry, and asks you to identify where to fold a shape so that it fits. The other puzzles, Symmetry Polygons, Symmetry Artist and Rotational Symmetry each test different aspects of the subject.
There are no timers here – just a relaxed environment where you can go at your own pace.
Symmetrical images can be quite eyecatching too – so enjoy a leisurely introduction to the beautiful world of symmetry!
Algebra
Are you awfully good at algebra? Learn how to do it with the help of these games and you soon could be!
Aimed mainly at middle and junior school students, these activities range from introducing the world of algebra to students in games such as Late Delivery through to more complex challenges.
You can try Equation Matching which sees you needing to match cars with the same x value to reveal a hidden picture, or perhaps Algebra Hoop Shoot, which sees you taking to the basketball court aiming for the right answers to an algebra puzzle.
With eight different activities available, you’re sure to find a way to learn that suits you – be it through games or classroom drills – so take a confident step into the world of algebra!
