After browsing through a number of math homework forums, there is a pattern. Parents have having difficulty with their kids math homework.

Math games are beneficial for kids and parents. Many parents can add and subtract. Is basic addition and subtraction good enough? Can you consider probability and plan ahead your next move? It is likely that many adults would have fun playing the same games as their kids.

Our spotlight is on an Educational Review we wrote on the game, Lost Cities some time ago. This will give you an example of the more than just operations idea of Math.

Simplified Objective

The objective of the game is to collect numbered cards from 2-10 in order which add up to more than 20.


The problem is that for each coloured section, it might not be possible to collect numbered cards up to 20, which results in a penalty. To manage your cards, while adjusting your strategy based on your opponents moves, and the number of cards left in the draw pile.

Positive Attitude Towards Mathematics

This game presents mathematics with a story, and is played within a framework. By being creative, you will learn that there is not just one correct way to be successful at this game.

Number Sense & Numeration

The problems change as the cards are laid, requiring the players to adjust strategies and re-calculate

Data Management & Probability

Keep track of your cards (Manage your colour sections based on the cards you and your partner have. Memorizing and Counting Cards- Plan your moves based on the probability of making your goals.

Other Recommendations:

King’s Cribbage- Is like Scrabble but you need to make Cribbage hand-15, runs and pairs. The challenge is you need to work with he tiles you have picked. This is great! It takes simple addition and takes it the next step to planning, You need to look at previous played tiles to plan your next move. There is no “tile tree”. Get those 15’s…they give you points fast. Rummikub and Yahtzee follow a similar gameplay to this game.