# can games develop mathematical thinking in your child

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Yes, certain logical puzzles and games can assist in the development of mathematical thinking in your child. Most of us had at least one cousin or friend who was unbeatable at complex board games or card games but scored poorly in exams! In all probability, they might have been demoralized by the conventional method of teaching math practiced in most schools- via memorizing formulae.

However, there’s hope. The current education system is undergoing a sea change with the growing acceptance of recreational mathematics across the world, including India. The aim of recreational mathematics (of which mathematical games are a subset) is to enable those who are not proficient in math to grasp mathematical concepts in a way that is both fun and engaging.

Math games are fun!

Humans are wired – evolutionary – to play games. A game is a series of choices that we make to arrive at a particular outcome. Each move (depending on the complexity), therefore, entails strategic thinking, critical thinking and problem solving among others.

The game is on!

At Cuemath, we introduce math games to students at age-appropriate levels to increase their understanding of several key math concepts. Cuemath students learn math concepts and develop skills essential for math mastery through 150+ tab-based math exercises and games.  Each game focuses on specific skills such as calculations, visualization, spatial aptitude, logical reasoning, memory and so forth.

Here’s how different math games and puzzles assist in developing mathematical thinking:

Game 1: Match tiles-a basic logic puzzle which helps students identify connections using image familiarity.

Game 2: Pattern recall- a pure memory game wherein students have to recall the patterns and feed into their tabs. The main aim of the game is to increase students’ focus and concentration.

Game 3: Speed match-a logic game wherein a student has to match the size, shape and colour of an object on the screen with a previously seen object. This game trains a student to make a mental note of the specifics with both speed and accuracy.

Cuemath helps students understand the WHY behind the WHAT of math concepts and apply them in real-world situations to develop a reasoning and problem-solving mindset. When children learn math by reasoning, they learn better and faster.

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