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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Games
Subcategories: Math Games and Equipment

 

 
2002 Awards
Countdown
(Cadaco $15.99 Score:) Hands down, one of the best math games ever! A quick two player game that can be played by kids of mixed ages and math ability. It's played with dice on an uncomplicated wooden board. Each player has 10 wooden pegs that flip. The object is to be the first player to turn over all your pegs by rolling dice. Players may add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers they roll in order to get the number the combination that makes the number they need. 6 and up. (800) 621-5426. SNAP INFO: No special adaptation is needed for this excellent math game that can be used for beginners and beyond.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Awards
Lace and Link Numbers
(Lauri $14.99 Score:) Kids practice sequencing with these classic rubber numerals that fit into puzzle frames that link together. Lacing and handling the 4" numerals helps reinforce their shapes in a tactile way. For many children, before they can write or recall them with ease, "feeling" the numerals helps them remember the direction, shape and name of these sometimes confusing symbols. 4-7

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Awards
Operation Space Chase
(Learning Resources $13.95 Score:) Here's a fun way to reinforce place-value skills with hundreds, tens and ones. The object is to get your spaceship to the space station first by rolling the number and operational dice to advance on the board. 6-8. If you are looking for a fractions game, consider Pie in the Sky ($12.95)which rated a four. 7's and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Blink
(Out of the Box Publishing $8.95 Score:) "Again, let's play again!" was the shout of our testers to this cross between Go Fish and War. The object is to be the first to get rid of all of your cards by matching the top card on the two discard piles. You can match by color, shape, or number Calls for fast visual discrimination. Quick rounds and lads of fun.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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1999 Award
Cool Cash Bingo
(Learning Resources $17.95 Score:) A fast- paced pair of games can be played with this Bingo like game that helps kids learn to add, subtract, and make small change with coins. 6 & up. Also, Presto-Chang-O Game($24.95) This board game deals with coins as well as dollars. This company also makes toy money as well as coin stampers that kids can use for making their own play money. This makes a hit with first and second graders.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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2003 Award
Talking Math Mat Challenge Game
(Learning Resources $29.95 Score:) This is one way to help kids learn math facts while thinking on their feet! Kids step on the vinyl mat to answer the math quiz that's programmed with two levels of difficulty. Level one asks kids to find a numeral named, simple addition, and subtraction. Level two asks for the "next" number in a sequence of three as in 5,4,? Or 5,6,?; Addition and subtraction jumps to missing factors as in 11 + ? is 15. Keep in mind that beginners need concrete materials to count before they learn the facts in rapid fire fashion. So this is more fun than flash cards, but not very different in content. It's for children who are ready for drill. Labeled 4-7, most fours will do only the numeral game. This is far more appropriate for mid-first and second graders. Forget the newer Factor Frenzy () and Light ‘N Strike Math (). Both require too many steps to enter an answer—totally frustrating. We passed on the Alpha-Bug Step ’n Spell, which became too difficult too quickly and was not especially responsive. Also, testers gave the new-for-2007 ABC Chalk Talk! ($39.95 ) thumbs down because it is “buggy.” Players correctly identified “c” as the first letter of cup, but were told repeatedly that they were wrong. The tone of the machine isn’t mean but isn’t very pleasant, either. (800) 222-3909. SNAP AWARD ChIldren who avoid pencil and paper tasks, for any number of reasons, will find this active math drill game entertaining as well as getting practice with beginning math skills. However this is not a tool for kids who still need concrete materials to count. It's several steps beyond that.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2002 Award
Buy It Right Shopping Game
(Learning Resources $19.95 Score:) Making change and shopping is not always clear to kids who don't get to handle more than their milk money at lunch. This game involves a lot of buying and selling and some flexible thinking. Kids roll three numeral dice and decide if they want to call a 4, 2, 1 $4.21 or $1.24...a choice that depends on if they are buying or selling. This comes with 100 realistic looking plastic coins and 40 play bills and a working calculator. Unlike a lot of mall shopping games aimed at girls, this is a gender free game that will be enjoyed by boys and girls. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Awards
Talking Clever Clock
(Learning Resources $34.95 Score:) Hands down, the best electronic clock for teaching kids how to tell time. Our nine-year old tester had given up on ever learning how to tell time-but within minutes he was having fun using the clock that has self-checking features with both digital and analog clock faces. He liked moving the hands of the clock to match the digital readout. There are buttons that will tell you the time out loud, along with quiz-and-answer buttons. 5 & up. If time is an issue in your house, look no further! SNAP: For kids with disabilities, having a clock that uses several senses may be a real plus. This clock talks and gives digital as well as analog read-outs. So it's a great learning tool for exploring telling time. Our tester liked setting the time and then pressing the button to hear the time said. The same company's non-electronic clock is less expensive and still a great choice, but hearing the time out loud may be worth the extra money. Activity: Set the clock for typical times when you eat, rise, go to bed, leave for school. Concentrate on the hour first and then the half hour. Minutes come after those are pinned down. Learning to tell time- takes time. As the old adage goes- Rome wasn't built in a day. To build interest you might want to consider one of the craft kit clocks that kids paint, as well. (888) 800-7893.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Lets Tackle Math Game
(Learning Resources $44.95 Score:) Keep in mind that beginners need concrete materials to count before they learn the facts in rapid-fire fashion. Now in our house we did this with chocolate (which was also fun, but fattening!) Here, you get 252 total play pieces (108 bugs: grasshoppers, beetles dragonflies, bumble bees, spiders and caterpillars) plus 72 frogs and worms to sort by color, shape and size. The kit also comes with an activity book with 48 activities and a sorting tray. Kids love playing with these pieces as their working on their math skills. They'll also use them for dramatic play. Much more fun than flash cards! The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Awards
Teaching Cash Register
(Learning Resources $44.95 Score:) A clever way to combine math skills with pretend play! When kids play store with this smart new register they learn to use a calculator, make change, use coupons and charge cards, and even check the customer's credit! It has a pretend scale plus a three-level coin game that asks kids to deposit specific amounts. The screen tallies and kids press enter to self-correct. Be sure the "CB" (Coin Bank) cover is snapped in place! Still recommended, the quiz-free Play Calculator Cash Register ($39.95). PLATINUM AWARD '00. SNAP: Use real coins for a knowing naming game.the calculator says the names of the coins in one mode and asks for certain coins in another mode. A good tool for building practical money-math skills. ACTIVITY: PLay a swapping game...trade two nickels for one dime...what other coins will you trade for another dime? Check out answers in the coin bank that talks on this toy. Play money or real work equally well.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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