Saturday, January 14, 2012

Board Games for School - Math

Math games make math more fun. Especially in the middle elementary years when kids need lots of practice with their math facts. Doing worksheets can get boring. Playing a game makes things more interesting. Here are the manufactured math games that we own and have played that are still available to buy. We have a couple others that I did not include because they are no longer available. I am sure there are also new games out there that you may own or could locate at your favorite homeschool curriculum provider or on sites that sell used stuff, like Amazon and Ebay.

Equate: The Equation Thinking Game
Equate is like scrabble but with numbers and operations. You put down tiles on a board and make points by correctly completing simple equations. Your nine tiles include both numbers and mathematical symbols; you can add on to previous plays both vertically and horizontally. Equate is a great math board game for family and classroom. Earn higher scores using division or fraction tiles and landing on premium board positions. For 2 to 4 players or teams. Ages 8 through adult. Includes a laminated playing board, 190 tiles, and 4 racks behind which players hide their tiles. Detailed Rules can be found HERE. You can also get Equate Advanved Tiles - there are 197 tiles including negative and positive integers, integer exponents, fractions, the four basic operations, and equal symbols. Packaged in two zip-lock bags. Sold separately, not with a board. Ages 12 years to adult.

Coins Make Change Bingo was designed to introduce U.S. coins in an entertaining yet challenging game for the elementary grades. Everybody loves Bingo. This game combines the fun of Bingo with adding up coin amounts. The game includes: 10 different Bingo game boards, 63 Calling Cards, and 154 Space Markers.

I had a hard time finding a copy of this game. If you prefer you can try these games that help the children learn similar skills -  Cool Cash Bingo or Learning Resources Money Bags A Coin Value Game. I have not used these games so you are on your own there. They look good. There are also the money games below that you could use.

Created by a volunteer math aide in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Moneywise Kids contains two simple, fun games that will help kids learn money management and budgeting skills. In the first game, Bill Maker, kids take turns rolling the dice and earning money according to the roll of their dice. For instance: roll a 2 and a 6 and you get $8. As they collect wealth with each turn, players exchange smaller bills for larger ones until someone winds up with a $100 bill. 
In the second game, Bill Breaker, each player starts with $100 bill and earns more money with each turn. Players must also draw "moneywise markers" and pay bills for such expenses as food, medical care, and taxes. Some of the bills are little and some big... just like real life. The player who collects all six markers and still has $100 in savings is the winner.
Note: The game was not designed for Christian audiences, so it doesn't include tithing or charitable giving. You might want to make your own cards to add that to the second game. It could be done.
Included are two bill boardgame boards, two sets of bills from $1 to $100, 16 Moneywise markers, and two dice. For 2 players ages 7 years and above.
Presto Change - O
This is another game for learning about money.

From the Manufacturer: Learn how to make change, save money, and spend it wisely. Players travel around a game board filled with everyday financial decisions, earn money, sell lemonade, spend money at the museum or movies, and much more. The first player to save $10.00 wins. Includes colorful game board, dice, game pawns, markers, lots of realistic bills and coins, and instruction booklet. For 2-4 players.

Complete rules can be found HERE.
Original 24 Game Cards Single Digits
Double-sided cards.Cards offer three levels of difficulty. Easy, 1 Dot cards are easy, 2 Dot cards are medium and 3 Dot cards are tough. Ages 9and up  The object of the game: Make the number 24 from the four numbers on a game card. You can add, subtract, multiply and divide. Use all four numbers on the card, but use each number only once. You do not have to use all four operations. All number nines will have a red center, so you can tell a nine from a six.
Example: One solution to the card shown above is:

4 x 3 = 12, 12 x 4 = 48, 48 ÷ 2 = 24

This is an medium card, called a "2 Dot," because it has two red dots in the corner.
Cards come in 48 card packs (individual use) and 96 card packs (class use). Also available in 24 Game Double Digits which is much harder.

Pizza Party (fraction game) For two to six players in Grades 1-6  A fun way to learn fractions! As long as it doesn't make you crave pizza. This set of 12 realistic 12'' pizzas helps you adn your children play eight different fraction games. The 12 cardboard pizzas are cut into halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, eighths, ninths, twelfths, and sixteenths. There are also two spinners and an activity sheet. Your children will learn to identify fractions, identify fractional parts of the whole, match fractional notation to concrete models, identify equivalent fractions and fractional parts, subtract fractional parts from a whole and other fractions. The game even comes in a sturdy pizza parlor box! Complete Rules and more photos can be found HERE.

or try this game.... though I have not played this one it looks good also... Learning Resources Pizza Fraction Fun  Game

Blokus Classics Game (Strategy – sorta Geometry)
My family loves Blokus and the Blokus Trigon you see below. Blokus includes 84 pieces in four colors, a game board with 400 squares, and an instruction guide. . It is a great strategy game. Each of the color sets contains 21 pieces, each a different shape.
  • 1 one-square piece
  • 1 piece with 2 squares
  • 2 pieces with 3 squares
  • 5 pieces with 4 squares
  • 12 pieces with 5 squares
You try and put your colored pieces all on the board while blocking your opponent(s) from using all their pieces. There are great directions at the Amazon site in the link above. There are also complete game rules HERE

Blokus Trigon Game (Strategy – sorta Geometry) Similar Game, Similar Rules the main difference is the game board is a Hexagon.

I posted this this week because I have been working on this series
and because it goes along with the Virtual Curriculum Fair topic for this week. Here is my post for that... Math Using Hamburger Paper!

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