# Free Online Pre-Algebra Games

Students usually take pre-algebra in seventh or eighth grade before advancing to the more challenging algebra of high school. If your child needs extra practice, he or she can use free online pre-algebra games like those offered below.

## Pre-Algebra Games from Sheppard Software

Here's a selection of games on pre-algebra topics, including solving for a missing variable and comparing equations. All the games are computer-based, so printing them out for your child to play is not an option. Some of the games can either be timed or set to 'relaxed' mode. Your child may prefer to start without the timer while getting used to the rules and then move to timed practice to prepare for tests or quizzes at school. Additionally, for many of the games, you can choose the difficulty level by specifying which operation you want to practice or how many numbers will be included in the equation.

## Absurd Math's Free Activities

This site offers an extremely elaborate simulation pre-algebra game with four different levels. When playing this game, students practice pre-algebra while battling evil scientists. The game comes with detailed instructions. Your child must print out or copy down an answer form before starting and then move from page to page reading the game scenarios and math objectives. On each page, there is both a game and a math problem, which must be solved correctly for the character to move.

This game is probably best for kids who love stories and complex strategy games. It requires concentration as well as math ability. For those with a short attention span, this may not hold their interest for as long as it takes to complete.

## Pattern Game from Learner.org

In this simple math game, players are asked to figure out which mathematical operation yields a certain result. Two numbers appear onscreen with a triangle in between them. To the right is an equals sign and the solution. Once the operation has been found, the game can re-set to a new operation. This game can help your child identify patterns and solve for variables, two concepts that will come in handy in algebra class.

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