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 your Mighty Girl is a toddler or a teen, there's something here to get everyone 'adding it up'!
Mighty Girl Math Toys and Games
There's so much to learn with this piggy bank from Fisher-Price! 10 colorful coins can be dropped in the slot of this cheerful pig as it counts along, building counting and color recognition skills, while sing-along songs, educational phrases, and sound effects teach additional concepts. Press the piggy's snout to hear music and start rumbling, bumbling action. All kids love put-and-take play, so it's a natural for creating an entertaining learning toy!
Chomp, chomp — the Chomp and Count Dino from VTech is here and ready to eat some healthy treats! Feed your Dino eight different healthy snacks and get a different response to each one — or, turn on learning mode, and see if you can figure out the clues and pick the right snack. Buttons trigger sounds and phrases about shapes, numbers, and more, or spin the wheel to get some music! There are over 150 different responses for your Mighty Girl to discover as she plays.
Choo-choo! The LEGO DUPLO number train is here to get her building and counting! This 23 piece set includes bricks with the numbers 0 to 9, as well as a train engine, wheeled bases, two DUPLO figures (a girl and a boy), and a cat figure. Build, count, rearrange, and more! It's an engaging way to incorporate numbers into everyday play. Plus, parents will love that the DUPLO bricks are safe and easy to manipulate for little hands.
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 play oven 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.
Have some colorful counting fun with this caterpillar from Melissa and Doug! This cheerful character encourages number and color recognition as kids put the caterpillar together in number order. Then, as they get more confident, kids can also experiment with simple math — and, of course, let their imagination soar as they incorporate the caterpillar into their pretend play games. This simple toy is sure to become a favorite.
This colorful chameleon from BeginAgain teaches numbers 1 to 15 on one side and in English and Spanish on the other. Each chunky, double-sided piece fits sequentially for a rainbow of counting fun! The puzzle includes a 7"x10" wood tray for storage and display. BeginAgain toys are made from sustainably harvested rubber wood with non-toxic, child safe stains, which have been independently tested as BPA and phthalate free — so not only are they durable enough to last, but you'll know they're safe for both kids and the environment.
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.
This officially licensed set from hand2mind is a great way to help kids get hands-on with math skills! This Mathlinks set is inspired by the BBC show Numberblocks, which helps kids understand how numbers really work. Build your own numberblocks from 1 to 10 to develop counting and matching skills. Then, try one of the 30 included activities to help her deepen her understanding! Each Numberblocks activity is linked to an episode, so kids who are curious to learn more can explore at home. This set includes 100 MathLinks Numberblocks cubes, 59 faceplates, 54 stickers, 11 Numberlings, 11 character cards, 15 double-sided write-and-wipe activity cards, 1 stand for zero, and 1 activity guide.
Enjoy bug-themed play — and make early math concepts fun — with these colorful, creepy crawly counters from Learning Resources. This set of 72 counters includes grasshoppers, bumblebees, beetles, spiders, dragonflies, and caterpillars which come in six colors. Kids can practice early math concepts like counting, matching, patterning and more! All of the bugs are packaged in a reusable plastic tub that's perfect for easy storage. It even comes with a list of suggested activities, perfect for bug-loving kids to start stretching their math skills.
This friendly Math Monster from Hape is ready to teach you all about weights, measurement, and balance! This funny monster's arms work as a scale. Little mini monster weights function as one unit, while the larger monsters weigh different amounts as noted by the numbers on their bellies. Kids can learn about weight and measurement, and even start understanding how equations with basic addition and subtraction balance. This set comes with the monster scale, 9 larger weights, 11 smaller weights, and an instruction guide that helps kids get started with playful math!
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!
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!
Even little kids can learn basic money skills with the Moonjar Moneybox! Moonjar moneyboxes are divided into three separate compartments: Spend, Save, and Share. Kids can track their deposits and withdrawals with the passbook, and watch their contributions to each category grow. This division is a great way to teach children about the benefits of saving money for a special purpose versus spending it immediately, and also provides an easy way to make charitable giving a part of your child's life. For another divided piggy bank, check out the Smart Piggy Trio Bank for ages 4 and up, which includes three separate ledgers for tracking funds.
Get kids thinking like little mathematicians and scientists with the Primary Science sets from Learning Resources! In this set, kids will learn concepts of weight, volume, and fractions in a practical, hands-on way — all while making fun at-home science projects. This 22 piece kit includes a mixing bowl with lid, a scale, six uniquely designed measuring cups, and three self-standing spoons, plus 10 two-sided activity cards with recipes for mystery goo, puff paint, slime, and more. Fun and sturdy, it's the perfect pre-chemistry set for budding young scientists!
What's inside these rocks from Learning Resources? Gorgeous "gems" to count, match, and study! Each of the 8 reusable plastic rocks in this set cracks open to reveal a gem in one of 8 colors and 4 shapes. Use your play hammer and chisel to open them up, then see how you can mix and match the gems. Which gem goes in each rock? Which shapes match up? When you're done, everything stores inside a convenient carry bag.
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.
Help Shelby the dog find all her missing bones! Your kids will practice fine motor control and counting skills as they use the Shelby squeezers to pick up bones to drop in their bowls. And be careful — you could spin a seagull and lose some bones, or even get distracted chewing on a shoe! This fun game will have kids laughing while also learning math and social skills. For more math fun, there's also a Shelby's Snack Shack counting board book for ages 1 to 4.
Kids can explore learning in a new way with the LeapStart interactive learning system! Touch the stylus to LeapStart books and activity sets to activate activities like games, puzzles, and creative challenges designed to keep kids engaged as they learn. This bundle, which includes a LeapStart system with an integral handle for learning fun on the go, comes with the Go! Go! Cory Carson Superhero School book, and one more activity book; additional LeapStart books are available separately. It's an innovative way to encourage kids to dive deeper into the topics they love!
When we talk about "balancing an equation" kids often don't realize that we mean it literally! The Number Balance is a T-shaped scale that visually demonstrates equivalents — if one side doesn't equal the other, the scale will tip. This visual input helps students understand number relationships and operations, such as addition, subtraction, and comparisons, as well as pre-algebra concepts. This unique set comes with a scale, 20 numbered weights, and a teacher's guide. For a visual and tactile set to help kids understand fraction equivalencies, check out the Fraction Tower Activity Set for age 5 - 10.
Kids will love this action-packed cooperative math game from Math for Love! In Rolly Poly, you roll a fun fuzzy die to get a number, then draw a card with a physical action to perform as many times as the number on the card. One you've performed the action, you put your card under one of the numbered counters. Get at least one card under each number to win! As kids progress, you can add extension cards that get kids working with addition and subtraction too. This game for 1 to 6 players takes approximately 5 minutes to play, and includes a list of suggestions for modifying rules or adding challenges that make it perfect for families, classrooms, and more.
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.
These colorful flash cards help kids build quick recognition of coin denominations, as well as total values of groups of coins. Each full-color card provides an image on one side and the answer on the other — so two dimes, two nickels, and three pennies? Thirty-three cents. The coin cards are paired with time flash cards featuring an analog clock on one side and the digital equivalent on the other. Plus, a special card included in the deck features activity ideas to turn learning coins and clocks into a fun game, either one-on-one or in a classroom setting.
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!
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.
Help kids get hands-on with fractions and percentages with these magnetic fraction circles from Learning Resources! Each circle is divided into double-sided segments, with the fraction written on one side and the percentage written on the other. Nine circles are included, featuring whole, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, and 1/12 segments. With plenty of ideas in the included activity guide, there are plenty of ways to explore these circles and build math skills.
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!
There's no challenge too tough for addition superstars in this game from Logic Roots! In this cooperative addition game, players work to escape the monster and find the mountain's treasure by practicing their addition skills. Roll the die and add the number to your current position to figure out where you need to move next. Once you've made it to the top and snagged the treasure, it's time to make your way back down the other side to your boat! The monster jumps in steps of 5, so make sure you think about where it will land next. This fun math game for 1 to 5 players takes about 20 minutes to play.
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.
Triumph over multiplication and division and excel at having fun with this fun game from Learning Resources! Using numbered playing cards and the familiar triangle board as a visual cue, fill in the missing spots to complete number families. Be the first player to play all your cards, and call out "tri-FACTa"! This game for 2 to 4 players includes 100 cards with facts up to 100.
Bring numbers to life with Möbi, a fun, fast-paced tile game that helps kids (and grown-ups) learn and apply basic math skills! Start with seven blue number tiles, and use the white symbol tiles to create equations in your "pod." All of your equations need to connect, but you can be creative: 5 X 3 equals 8 + 8 - 1, after all! Be the first to play all of your tiles in complete equations to win. This clever math game in a fun whale-shaped pouch can be played solo or with up to 6 players.
Build your comfort level with fractions, decimals, and percentages with this cooperative math game from Genius Games! In each round, players have to work together to sequence fractions, decimals, and percentages in ascending or descending order before the timer runs out. Is 2/3 more or less than 75%? Unlike flashcards or other math games where players are competitive, this timed cooperative game encourages kids to develop fluency and help one another learn math principles, building confidence in their understanding of how these different representations relate. It's the perfect fast-paced game for up to 5 math-loving kids!
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.
Learn your multiplication in a visual way with this set from Math for Love, the creators of the award-winning games Prime Climb and Tiny Polka Dot! Three decks of flashcards present math facts in three different ways: Deck 1 features 25 cards based on "equal groups of" visualization; Deck 2 features 100 cards using an array visualization, and Deck 3 has 37 cards that help kids visualize prime factors. With games, puzzles, and other explorations, kids will quickly develop fluency with their math facts — and learn how the facts they're memorizing connect to real-life questions.
Sharpen your math skills with this fun game from The Master Theorem Games! In Adsumudi, players try to get the adorable monster's answer with the numbers on the card. Each player chooses their own difficulty level, from two or more numbers (3 X 6 = 18) to the monstrously hard version using all five numbers (14 ÷ (6 ÷ (9 ÷ 3)) + 11 = 18). Each card has a difficulty level, too, so you'll really stretch your brain! You can play competitively, or you can select one of the collaborative gameplay options so you can problem solve together! This game can be played solo or with 2 to 6 players, and includes a total of 416 unique challenges in every box.
Prime Climb is a 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 person to get both pawns to space 101 wins! This brilliantly designed game is the perfect way to help solidify math concepts while making learning fun for kids and adults alike.