The development of a positive attitude toward math in children is extremely important. Trying to develop this attitude by using the boring old methods of memorizing and practicing more and more has become less effective than using methods which are exciting as well as fun. The exciting methods in use can actually help the children to develop interest and they will start loving math. One very popular method of improving your child’s math attitude is the game known as “A Book Scavenger Hunt”, which is known for teaching the counting methods to the children and at the same time, the game introduces the ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.) to them! The game is all about finding a suitable book for the children and provides them with a clue sheet which will provide directions for finding particular words in different pages of the book. The clue is the answer and the children are required to decipher the clue.
The clues can be provided in different fashion. For example, you can use: “Find the 13th word of the 9th paragraph on the 13th page before the page number 321.” You can alternately use a mathematical base for the clue and frame the following sentence: “Turn over to the page which is 19 less than 43 and find the 19th word in the 2nd paragraph.” For elder children, the level of complexity can be more than the younger children.
You can also provide a book to your child with a lot of pictures in it and ask him or her to find all the hidden geometrical shapes like circles, squares, octagons, rectangles, cones, cylinders and more! For example, a ball can be looked upon as a circle or a window as a square and a door as a rectangle and more!
Direction game is yet another favorite for the children because they can get rid of their pencils and notebooks and enjoy the game in a lawn or a garden. You need to place a mat at the center of the lawn/garden and pair up the children. One will be blind folded and the other will give directions. The idea is that the child who is blind folded will have to listen to the directions given by the child paired with him or her and maneuver to the mat by crossing obstacles like beach balls or road cones. The child giving directions will have to stay put in a place and can only use a given set of clues. The directions can only be given in form of 5 steps forward, 3 steps left and something like that. You will always have to monitor the game so that the youngsters do not fall or trip on each other during the game and hurt one another.
There can be other math games like matching math card where you will create some cards with some basic problems using concepts like addition or subtraction, multiplication or division. You need to make two index cards which have the same answer. For example, one card can have (2+2) and the other card can have (7-3). Both of them have the same answer but they are different index cards. Create about 20 cards (remember that it always needs to be even) and place them upside down. Ask the children to turn two cards at a time and if the answers match, they can keep the cards. One with the maximum pair of cards will be the winner.
There are several other math games which can destroy the concept of math being boring and dull. These interesting math games can increase the math attitude of your child using very constructive and fun methods.