# Games of Logic and Reasoning: Playing Games Can Improve Math Skills!

Jul 18

Some children are very good at times table and division problems, but still, their performances in math class are not very impressive. Arithmetic skills are very important indeed, but analytical skill is also crucial to a student’s success in math. As a parent, you might wonder how you can improve your child’s logic skills in a fun way. Here are some games you can play to enhance their analytical skills.

Battleship
Never treat this game as a guessing game. There are many strategies you can teach your child or help them explore. For example, you can explain to your child why you would start with the squares in the middle.

Tic Tac Toe
This is the best game to start developing your child’s logic skills. You will know that your child is a tic tac toe master if every single game you play with him results in a tie.

Connect Four
Once your child is good at tic tac toe, start playing this game. This is vastly more complicated. The more games you play with your child, the more games they will win because children learn very fast.

Classic Checkers
Not every child will be interested in chess, which some find to be boring and tedious. Checkers, however, is not very time-consuming, and the rules are very simple.

Towers of Hanoi
The Towers of Hanoi puzzle was published in 1883 by French mathematician Edouard Lucas, under the pen-name, N. Lucas de Siam. The object of the game is to move all the disks onto a different pole. You can only move one disk at a time and you must follow size order — a bigger disk can’t go on a smaller disk. This game is designed for experienced gamers.

Classic 21
This game isn’t just gambling. You can teach your child some basic probability by playing this game. A lot of the best poker players have a degree in math.

Breakout
Breakout is a variation on the classic arcade game of logic and strategy. In the game, the user must use a single paddle to deflect a bouncing ball into a wall of 15 bricks. Each hit removes a brick. The object of the game is to eliminate all of the bricks using as few balls as possible, in the least time.

Who says you can’t have fun learning? Everyone I know, young and old, has fallen in love with at least one of these games!