Games for kids who don’t like math

I’m excited to tell you about some  simple games for kids who don’t like math. Not only are they simple but they’re super fun.

I hate to say it but I empathize with kids who don’t like math. It’s not always easy and some of it is so far removed from their lives, I can see why they don’t understand what it’s for.

But it’s important and makes life a whole lot easier later on.  Sure there’s calculators, but you’d be surprised how many times you do instant adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing on a daily basis. Let’s at least learn those parts well.

We can leave calculus for another day.

So I’d like to introduce you first to Darts. You’ve probably played darts in your life at a bar, a party or in someone’s basement. It’s fun – and who doesn’t love throwing things at the wall?

The best dart game for kids who don’t like math is 301.  The object of the game is to throw the darts until you’ve hit 301 points exactly. The “exactly” part means they have to practice a little hand-eye coordination at the very end.

So everyone starts with 301 points and subtracts their way to 0. Have the child throw their 3 darts at the board, and then have them write down the scores for each dart.

1. A dart that lands on black or white gets the points listed for that wedge. In the photo above the Single score arrows would be worth 12 points. Had they landed in the lower adjacent white wedge, it would have been 9 points.

2. The inner bull’s eye is 50 points, and the outer bull is 25 points.

3. The red and green rings are double and triple. The double ring arrow is pointed at the 20 wedge, which means a dart landing there is worth 20 x 2 = 40 points. The triple ring arrow is pointed at the 14 wedge, which means it is worth 14 x 3 = 42 points.

Once they add their points, they have to then subtract from 301 to see their score for that round. If they got a triple 14, a double 20 and a single 9 their total points would have been 91.

Subtract that from 301 and that person has 210 going into the second round.That means their next throw of three darts must be added up and then subtracted from 210.

See how kids who don’t like math would love this game? It’s almost as if they’re not doing math – just playing the game.

If you want to teach negatives, make the black wedges negative numbers.  And if you want to teach division, make the rings divided by two and divided by 3. Or if you want to work on higher numbers, make the rings x4 and x6 and start from 1000 instead of 301.

Any way you cut it, darts is a great game for kids who don’t like math. No question about it.


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