Complete Resource List

Search Recommended Math Resources

Search Recommended Math Resources

Use the search filters below to return results. Keep an eye out for some of my top favorites-- my "BookSmart Picks"-- that are sure to entertain and educate your kids! And, many activities use common materials you likely have at home already. Look for entries marked with the "Common Items" icon to find activities that shouldn't require any purchase.

A Mensa Select Award winner, Qwirkle is a great game for little ones up to adults. The object of the game is simple: build lines of tiles that match either by color or by shape. While the rules are simple and easy to explain, it is a good game to build a child’s strategic thinking and use increasingly tricky tactical maneuvers…

This is an absolutely beautiful set of blocks that will build your child’s math skills and provide a great challenge! Pattern cards of increasing difficulty are provided, with the object of this math toy to match the blocks to the design on the card. There are a total of 40 different pattern cards…

This is a great game to help develop visual perception and spatial reasoning. In Ready, Set, Silhouette children must find silhouette cards to match object cards. The game includes two sets of cards—one with pictures on them and one with silhouettes on them…

Rush Hour is a great game that helps teach the kids not only problem-solving and logic skills, but also planning skills, since it’s helpful to think ahead a few steps. I also love that there are a wide range of challenges offered in the game, 40 in total, from beginner to expert level…

An ancient puzzle, the Tower of Hanoi is a test of logic and strategy. The object is to move all 8 discs from the peg farthest to the left to the peg farthest to the right….

This is a great way to incorporate logic into a family-oriented activity. Complete the puzzle of your family’s genetic traits! Your child will interview family members to determine which traits are dominant and which are recessive.

Use codes to motivate your child in practicing arithmetic. This can involve any or all of the operations, and all it requires is some paper and a pencil with just a bit of planning ahead. Your child will solve problems and then use the answers to decipher a code and uncover a secret message…

Hans Magnus Enzenberger

In Robert’s dreams he visits a strange land full of number tricks and hosted by the Number Devil. A multitude of number concepts are explored with the devil as guide, including matrices, number sequences, and exponents. The book incorporates a good bit of humor (i.e. the devil calls irrational numbers “unreasonable”), and the illustrations add to the clarity of concepts…

Ellen Raskin

This is one of my favorite children’s books of all time. A group of sixteen people must solve a puzzle that Samuel W. Westing has left in his will in order to get the inheritance. Clever and funny, it is a great mystery book filled with lots of characters, as well as twists and turns…

Louis Sachar

Interspersed with characters from the Wayside School series, this book offers math puzzles with explanations. This book is especially great if you have read any of the other Wayside School books because the puzzles are presented as if you’re in class with those characters, with comments and ideas from the kids in the class as they work to solve them…

Use the search filters below to return results

  • Resource Type

  • Grade Levels

  • Topics

  • Clear Selections

Keep an eye out for my top favorites— my BookSmart Picks!

Many activities use common materials you likely have at home already.

Copyright © BookSmart Math 2017