Online Fractions Games
Fractions are much easier if you have a good visual understanding of what is going on so online fractions games are an excellent way to explore fractions.
Consider bookmarking this page as there are a lot of links on this page. (Ctrl+D).
One site that I have been using for many years is Topmarks. This has grown and been kept up to date. The graphics are simple and straight-forward and the games fill the screen – unlike some older sites when they have not been updating the resolution as time has moved on.
Some of the games are embedded from different websites, for instance, the BBC allows you to embed some of their games into your own website so you can see that the style of these games is quite variable.
Other games are flash-based and many people no longer have flash enabled so they have a helpful guide to show you have to enable flash if it is not working on your computer.
Games for KS2 include:
In this game, you can play the games against the clock if you want to. There are lots of different levels that you can choose from. This starts with very easy – halves, quarters, three-quarters, and by level 8 it is much more challenging as you can see here.
There are lots of games on this site but let me just pick out a few.
One is called Fraction Beach in which you get buckets of sand when you get a correct answer.
There is an interactive tutorial called Proper Fractions – it has pictures of ducks on the front of it. Cartoon characters explain what is happening and ask questions. This activity is aimed at 9 to 10-year-olds.
Another game that looks interesting is called Converting Fractions to Decimals. This is a futuristic mission game where you need to crack open the vault using your knowledge of fractions and decimals.
In Decimals Jeopardy you can play in teams or on your own against the clock.
When playing Treefrog Treasure, you have to collect jewels and in this one there are lots of different levels as well.
For those children who like the BBC characters Dick and Dom, there is an equivalent fractions game which includes some rather rude noises! Here is a video of me having a go at playing it. Can you bet my score?
There is another game with Dick and Dom in it where you have to find the antidote to the plague. In that one, you’re comparing and ordering fractions.
Dolphin Racing from the BBC was one of my favourites. It’s still ok if you have the right Flash player but otherwise it won’t play.
Here are some more videos and activities from the BBC.
This is a good game which involves a bit of thinking rather than the speed of the arcade games below.
For getting children to think more deeply but in an enjoyable way the NRICH site is fantastic!!
Consider bookmarking this page as there are 58 activities in the Fractions and related topics but you can narrow this down by Key Stage.
As a teacher this has got to be my favourite maths site and is well worth exploring.
In Math Playground the games are more like arcade games and so are popular with the children. This is an American site and has notes for teachers.
I haven’t figured out what happens in Fraction Forest games so let me know in the comments if you have or if you have found any instructions.
These tend to be more challenging, so are more useful for consolidation, speed tests and/or revision.
Another American site with quite an arcade feel.
Education.com has 12 games – you need to scroll down to see all of them which isn’t always obvious.
Here are some of them:
On MathGames.com you can choose a game, then a grade, then a skill like fractions.
Printable fractions games
A variety of Fraction Board games here.
Primary Resources UK
Primary Resources has a whole load of games, activities which teachers have created and shared. Well, maybe more activities than games. This is another site I made a lot of use of as a teacher.
Teaching ideas is similar in some ways to Primary Resources. Here are their fractions ideas.
Some resources from Amazon
You might want to see if you can use some of these ideas to create your own resources.
(Disclosure – these links go to Amazon UK and I get a small percentage from them which helps to pay towards to cost of maintaining my websites.)
The is an Usborne book and although I haven’t seen this one they are usually very good. This book gives you a super guide to fractions, decimals and percentages. There are over 125 flaps to lift so that you can discover what they are and how to use them. Learn about simplifying fractions, improper fractions, and converting to decimals and percentages.
Wipe-Clean Fractions 7-8 (Key Skills)
Here we meet some friendly animals helpers. The book aims to build confidence in understanding the concept of fractions and offers plenty of practice. It includes extra notes for adults. The answers are at the back of the book.
This is a book with a difference. You will find fraction robots, numerator ice-cream cakes and decimal mazes. At the back of the book are 4 pages of stickers and all the answers.
Carol Vorderman has written this maths workbook on fractions. It encourages your child to spend 10 minutes a day practising fractions, decimals, and percentages.
This last book has short tests with self-assessment and answers
Let me know how you get on in the comments below and as always enjoy the process and spending time with your child!