A Mighty Girl's top picks of math toys and games for curious Mighty Girls from toddlers to teens.
Math is all around us! From making a purchase to doubling a recipe to estimating how much longer a trip will take, we use math every day. Yet for many people there's a pervasive myth that you're either "good at math" or "bad at math" — that it's a talent you're born with, not a skill you can grow and develop with practice. And this misperception often has a significant effect on girls, who are prone to believing that their math ability is innate and that girls are less gifted at math than boys.
Fortunately, the parents and educators of Mighty Girls know that girls can — and do! — excel at math, and that it's a skill that can improve with practice. To help your own Mighty Girl excel, there's no better way than by providing her with toys and games that build math skills while bringing the play back into numbers. With that in mind, in this blog post, we've showcased our favorite math-themed toys and games! Whether the Mighty Girl in your life is a toddler or a teen, there's something here to get everyone 'adding it up'!
Mighty Girl Math Toys and Games
Count on plenty of learning fun and musical rewards with this delightful friend. Toddlers will learn about counting, colors, animals, and sizes. There are 10 colorful coins to drop into the slot while counting along, comparing big and small, and discovering mommy and baby animals. Press the piggy’s snout for musical responses, open the door for put-and-take play, and enjoy fun sing-along songs. It's the perfect way to get her into numbers early.
These colorful blocks offer hours of learning! Each blocks represents a different animal, day of the week, shape, and number, and all but the birds has a different tactile or movable feature. The pairing of animals with numbers is subtle but clever. Parents will appreciate the words used to describe an action of each animal: peacock yelping, flamingo fluting, walrus bellowing. The ten paperboard blocks are illustrated with all the characters from the author's books so toddlers will love seeing their favorite characters. And they also build hands-on skills by stacking and nesting the blocks.
The classic Little Tikes Count 'n' Play Cash Register gets updated for a new generation! Kids will love the put-and-take, coin-drop play provided by this fun cash register. They can match color, size, and number to group like coins together. A built-in change dispenser provides added play value. Pull the handle to open the drawer, or slide the credit card to drop all the coins at once! While they play shopkeeper, kids will also be learning basic counting and categorization skills. For more fun options for money play, check out Melissa and Doug's Play Money set for age 3 - 8 and the Cash 'n' Carry Wallet for age 5 - 10.
Enjoy a sweet treat while learning to count with the Counting Cookies set from Learning Resources! The set includes ten 2-inch cookies with numbers 1 to 10 on the bottom and the corresponding number of counting chips on the top. The cookies are made of soft plastic, and the set includes a sturdy plastic cookie jar. For another great counting toy for preschoolers, check out this set of 50 Counting Bears for age 3 - 5.
Let kids experiment with sequencing, patterning, sorting, counting, and more with this 75 piece Rainbow Butterfly Garden from Skoolzy! This set comes with 56 butterflies in seven vivid colors. Find them a home with in the matching flower petals to practice counting, sorting, and matching, or lay them out in a pattern using the tongs that help develop fine motor and pre-writing skills. Eight double-sided activity cards and a free e-book provide plenty of suggestions for ways to play with this set.
Discover the perfect recipe for number learning fun with this fun toy from LeapFrog! The Number Lovin' Oven comes with 16 ingredients and plays over 30 songs and phrases to build counting, sharing and vocabulary skills. Little ones can move the number slider to learn about time and temperature, cut food into 2, 3 or 4 equal pieces to build math skills, and press the chef's hat to count and sing along to lively songs. Plus, cleaning up is easy when children are done — everything fits inside for easy storage.
The Match It! series of self-correcting puzzles teaches a wide range of concepts; Match It! Mathematics is all about numbers! 30 self-correcting puzzle pairs — 10 for counting, 10 for addition, and 10 for subtraction — introduce basic mathematics concepts and problem solving skills in a colorful, engaging way. Kids who love puzzles and numbers are sure to love this set.
Kids love counting with Melissa and Doug's colorful caterpillar! This cheerful character encourages young learners to work on number and color recognition as they develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They can sort by numerical order, do beginning math problems, and explore their imagination. This classic toy is sure to become a family favorite!
This set of 10 number cards and 10 numbers from PlanToys are perfect for teaching preschoolers basic number skills. Each card features a different animal; kids can count the animals to figure out which number slots into the card. As well, dashed-line numbers on the back help kids learn to write their numbers. Plus, parents will love that, like all PlanToys, these cards and numbers are made using chemical free, kiln-dried recycled rubberwood and designed with water-based, non-toxic colors.
These colorful bears give children experience in sorting objects into sets, good preparation for math. Each set includes 50 plastic bears (10 each of blue, green, red, yellow and purple) plus five plastic cups in colors that match the bears, for extra sorting fun! This great preschool game requires no reading and develops matching skills and other early math concepts.
Develop a multitude of math skills with mini-muffin counters! Different sorting-circle inserts boost color recognition, matching, sorting, counting, and early math skills. Squeezy Tweezers add to the fun and reinforce fine-motor skills. This set includes 1 muffin pan (including 6 muffin cups) with easy-grip rubber handles, 60 mini muffin counters, 1 Squeezy Tweezer, 2 foam dice (1 color cube and 1 number cube), 12 double-sided sorting-circle inserts, and an Activity Guide.
Make learning early math concepts a fun adventure with these colorful, creepy crawly counters from Learning Resources. This set of 72 includes grasshoppers, bumblebees, beetles, spiders, dragonflies, and caterpillars which come in six colors. They are packaged in a reusable plastic tub that's perfect for easy storage, and come with a list of suggested activities.
This brightly colored wooden abacus from Melissa and Doug is a great first calculator for kids to learn counting, patterns, colors and more. The 100 colorful wooden beads slide smoothly on this classically styled, high-quality frame. It's a great way to play and start building some math skills at the same time!
These beautifully crafted and thoughtfully designed wooden blocks feature twelve animal friends which measure from a 1" tiny ladybug to a 12" tall towering giraffe. Kids can use these fun blocks to explore counting, number value and recognition, and scale, while also building fine motor skills, language, and imagination. 100 write-on and wipe-off math puzzles provide lots of ideas, or you can let kids' creativity run wild — they're learning either way!
This fruity pie teaches early number skills and attributes like color and shape — but kids will just have fun! The sorting cards fit into the bottom of the pan to provide visual cues for different ways to categorize the colorful fruit counters, while the top crust becomes a bowl to hold extras. As an added bonus, the jumbo tweezers reinforce fine motor skills, including pre-writing skills. The set includes 60 counters (7 fruits in 5 different colors), a durable plastic pie with a removable divider, 3 double-sided sorting cards, 2 jumbo tweezers and an Activity Guide.
The creators of Prime Climb turn their expertise in teaching math to younger learners with Tiny Polka Dot! This box from Math for Love contains components for sixteen different games. They're all easy to learn and playful, but as kids grow, the level of complexity does, too. Kids will start with simple number recognition and counting and move their way up to arithmetic and logic skills. It's a little box with lots of math love inside!
Teach kids to save, spend, and share with this moneybox featuring three different compartments for your child's money! This moneybox not only teaches financial responsibility, but also emphasizes the importance of giving back to your community. The durable moneybox comes with a family guide, a passbook to track transactions, and three moneyboxes with color-coordinated acrylic lids. For another divided bank option, check out the Money Savvy Pig, which is also for age 3 and up and comes with a fourth compartment for investing.
You may not always think about it, but measuring ingredients is math too! Kids will scoop, pour, weigh, and play with this Learning Resources Primary Science Set that gets kids hands-on with math and science. Make mystery goo, slime, puff paint, and more, all while learning the concepts of weight, volume, and fractions. The kit includes a mixing bowl with lid, a scale, six cups, and three self-standing spoons, plus 10 two-sided activity cards.
MathLink Cubes help make math concepts hands-on! These linking cubes can help children make the connection between numbers and quantity, ones and tens, fractions and equivalents, and much more. The cubes link together on all sides so children can easily build and explore spatial relationships, and they also feature geometric shape cut-outs for more complex patterning activities. This set includes 100 cubes in 10 bright colors and an activity guide.
Get kids to think on their feet with this interactive talking floor mat! Fast and crazy quiz games make learning math fun. Kids listen to the equation, do the math, and then step on the right answer. The game gets faster as their scores get higher! This mat includes three games with two skill levels that reinforce numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction up to the number 20.
In this fun preschool game from Educational Insights, Shelby has buried bones in the sand and needs your help collecting them! Kids take turns using the Shelby Squeezers to fill their dog bowl with bones while they practice early counting and number skills. Sounds simple, but be careful — spin a sneaky seagull and you'll lose some bones, or get sidetracked chewing a flip flop and miss your turn! The game comes with a colorful game board, 1 Shelby Squeezer, 40 bones, 4 bowls, 1 double game spinner, and game guide.
Reel in your number sense by catching combinations of 10! This game's sea-themed container holds illustrated cards with numbers on the reverse. Players take turns flipping cards to show numbers and shout out "I see 10!" when they see combinations of numbers that together make 10. Collect the most 10s and win! Just beware of the hungry Shark cards — pull one and your whole catch goes back! This fun math skills game is suitable for 2 to 4 players.
Math Dice Jr. is the perfect game to build early math skills! Roll the 12-sided Target Die to get your target number, then roll the five 6-sided Scoring Dice. Using addition and/or subtraction, combine the Scoring Dice to match the target number, moving one space on the Scoring Track for every Scoring Die used. The first player to reach the finish line wins! As kids develop their skills, they can also try out the more complex Math Dice for age 6 - 10 or the more competitive Math Dice Chase for age 8 - 12.
Math becomes an adventure with this addition and subtraction game that takes kids on a journey through Sum Swamp! They'll make their way over the hilarious pitfalls of the swamp, including the crocodile shortcut and the endless loop. The only way to escape the mire is to add and subtract the numbers on the dice. Two to four players can enjoy this game; for younger kids, it will sharpen beginning math skills, but older kids will play for the fun!
You can dive into geometry with this set from Learning Resources! Children can explore the world of geometry by creating curves, cylinders, 2-D and 3-D shapes. This child-friendly set features durable sticks, curves and connectors so it can hold up to plenty of use at home or in the classroom. Follow along with one of the activity cards, or see what your own imagination can create!
Teach abstract decimal, percentage, and fraction concepts in a hands-on, tangible way with these snap together, color-coded cubes! The cubes feature fractions, decimals and percents clearly marked on each side, providing a visual representation of equivalencies. Children learn by building simple, graphic mathematical models that clearly demonstrate the relationship between the parts of a whole. This set includes 51 fraction cubes and a teacher's guide.
Balance the beans and win — and learn about elementary algebra along the way! With this game from ThinkFun, kids place rows of beans onto the scale, with the goal of balancing it out. Place the red beans to match the challenge on the card and see if you can figure out the solution! As kids progress through the challenges, they'll solve less through trial and error and more through math and reasoning skills. With challenges ranging from Easy to Super Hard, they'll be balancing for hours!
Ideal 4-Way CountDown is a fun and educational game that will challenge your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. Each player lays down ten wooden keys on the 4-Way CountDown unit. Roll the dice and convert the two numbers into one by using various methods from the instructions — for example, if you roll a 3 and a 1, you could make it a 4 by adding, 2 by subtracting or 3 by multiplying or dividing — and then flip up the corresponding number key. Be careful though! Roll a double 6 and all of your keys go back down, or roll 11 and all of your opponent's keys go back down. This game for 2 to 4 players includes a wooden game board, 2 dice, a sliding cover, and instructions.
Time to make a pizza! This clever game teaches fraction concepts and skills using pizza slices to represent fraction denominations. Students play seven different games to practice identifying fractions, matching fraction equivalents, and performing fraction addition and subtraction. all while building their pizzas. This game for 2 to 6 players includes 13 pizzas (one side plain and one side showing fractions) and three double-sided spinners providing different levels of learning. For another fun fraction teaching tool, check out Learning Resources' Rainbow Fraction Tiles for age 4 - 8.
This innovative set is perfect for hands-on learning about area, volume, surface area, symmetry, and perimeter. The 16-piece set includes eight transparent 3D shapes, and eight corresponding folding nets. Kids will build a cylinder, a square pyramid, a cube, a rectangular prism, a cone, a hexagonal prism, a triangular pyramid, and a triangular prism. With 3" tall shapes to build, kids can easily see how math concepts apply to 3D shapes.
This handy and fun card set teaches kids mental math skills! Each puzzle card has four numbers on it; to win, you'll have to figure out how you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide the various numbers to end up with 24. With 48 cards that offer 3 challenge levels, there's plenty to keep brains busy in this box!
Sequence plus numbers equals fun! The cards have equations; the game board has the answers. Each card has an addition or subtraction equation. Match a card to its correct answer on the board, then place your chip there. When you have 5 of your chips in a row, you’ve got a sequence, and you win! Groups of numbers are color-coded to help with number recognition. 2 to 6 players will have a blast with this math-themed board game.
K'Nex kits inspire young minds and satisfy kids' curiosity on how to build simple creations. This elementary math and geometry kit builds more than 38 different models that demonstrate symmetry, similarity, shapes, faces, fractions, congruency, angles, polygons and more. Kids can work in teams of three or four to explore these concepts, then pack everything away in a large compartmentalized storage tub with snap-on lid.
A remarkable and effective learning tool, Learning Wrap-Ups are a self-correcting, hands-on method of learning math concepts. This Multiplication Wrap-Up set includes 10 Multiplication Wrap-up Keys and covers facts from 1 x 1 to 10 x 12. They engage multiple senses and are lots of fun to use, so students use them over and over until they master each skill. It's great to help kids solidify and speed up their multiplication skills!
It's a race to the number one with this 2- to 4-player fraction game! Draw a card and find the corresponding fizzy fraction tile. Drop the tile into your cylinder. "Hold" if you think you're as close to one as you'll get without going over or draw another card if you think you can get closer by adding another fraction tile. The player who gets closest to 1 wins the round. The included multilingual guide also includes instructions for using the game pieces as a fraction math manipulative.
Astonish your friends with magic number tricks with this 4M Math Magic science kit! Play the specially designed Math Memo card game; amaze your audience with different funny Math Tricks; astonish your friends with Speed Calculations; learn how to Read Minds; and so much more. This set includes everything you need for fifteen different tricks, including a calculator, dice, magic mind reading cards, a magic square card with numbers, a super magic square, "beauty of math" number cards, math memo cards, wired puzzle templates, magic flip puzzle templates, escape paper, and instructions for the tricks, puzzles, and games plus fun explanations and facts.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Players ad or subtract 1, 2, or 3 to the number on the top card on the pile to determine if they have a card that can be played next. Sounds simple, but with everyone playing simultaneously, the options are constantly changing! The first player out of cards wins. This game for 2 to 4 players takes only minutes to learn and play, making it great for families or as a classroom game.
Sumoku is a unique crossword-style game with numbers that can be played five different ways. Players add up the tiles to multiples of a number shown on the die. Once all the tiles are connected together, it's a sumoku. Five different versions are available in the same bag, which allow for solo play or multiple players. Sumoku teaches number recognition, basic math skills, and color recognition, and the cooperative variants teach working towards a common goal. Packed with endless challenges, Sumoku is pure adding fun.
Develop multiplication and division skills with this beautiful, colorful, mathematical board game for 2 to 4 players! Roll the dice and add, subtract, multiply and divide your way to the center of the board, picking up Prime cards and bumping your opponents back to start as you go. The first to land both pawns on 101 wins the game. The elegant color-coded board helps makes math concepts visual, and the game offers plenty of replayability. It's sure to become a game night favorite!
Additional Recommended Resources
- For books about math-loving Mighty Girls, visit our Math Collection.
- For toys and kits to encourage an interest in STEM, check out our blog Wrapped Up In Science: Top 40 Science Toys for Mighty Girls.