Brain research also proves that getting the emotions involved helps the memory. (Think back to those very emotional times of your own life... they bring back strong memories, don't they? Think: weddings, babies, holidays)
For those reasons, I make sure my kids play plenty of math games. There are so many math skills that need to be repeated to be strengthened, and games can be played again and again!
The game above is a freebie of a game my students have played for more than 20 years. (I know I had it before my daughter was born, and she's 20 now!) The kids love it, and it's a great way to practice 2 digit addition with a little bit of luck involved! See more about this game HERE.
Here's another Math Game Freebie. I made this game one summer when I was helping out my friend with his golf camp and got inspired. (Some teachers just can't let go, can we? See THIS BLOG POST for more about this game!)
Over the years, as I've been blogging, I keep coming back to games. Here are a few other posts that might interest you about games:
Ten Easy Learning Games
Playing Math Games to Strengthen Important Skills
Card Games for Fast Facts (Guest post on Raki's Rad Resources.)
What math games do you play with your students?