GAMES THAT COUNT!
Games that Subtract, Multiply,Divide and Add Up To Fun & Learning!
Tags: Math,
Posted: 2012-08-13 09:29:46 By:

 

 

 


2012 Award
Sumology: The Game of Equations
(SimplyFun $40 Score: )

An entertaining game played with wooden tiles that might be called, Scrabble meets Math. Begin by drawing 8 tiles. Instead of creating words with your tiles, the object is to build equations in a crossword style, horizontally or vertically. You need to connect your new equation to the other tiles on the table and then you can add up the digits in your equation to get your score. The game uses all four basic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2012.

 


 

 


2012 Award
Zip Zap
(Gamewright $10.99 Score: )

This is a number sequencing game that is played quickly. No turn taking. Everyone plays at once and tries to be the first to put down the number that comes next that is of a matching color. If you happen to have a wild card, so much the better--you still need the right number, but it can be played on any color. So there are two attributes at play here. A good choice for 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2012 Award
Robbin' Eggs
(Haywire Group $20.99 Score: )

Our tester, who loves math, naturally liked this game. There are blue and greenish robin eggs in the nest. Each has a negative or positive number that is hidden under them. On your turn you roll the die and then you need to turn as many eggs over to try to get as close to the number on the die. But, keep in mind, your opponent may be able to rob the egg you need. In a way, this is concentration meets math for kids 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 



 

 

Ravensburger Empire State Building 3D Puzzle
(Ravensburger $25.99 Score: )

Designed for those with patience for fine details. Putting this together calls for fine motor skills as well as good eyes. Each piece has a numeral on the back and you must put it is put together in numerical order. There are 216 pieces--all very small! Get it all together and you have an 18-inch tall 3-D model of the Empire State Building to display on a shelf. However, only those with a great deal of patience will stay with this detailed project. We suspect most kids will walk away before it is complete. That said, it will appeal to some and the finished structure is neat.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2012 Award
Take It or Leave It: A Choice Game of Chance
(Gamewright $18.99 Score: )

An excellent game that is reminiscent of a strategy-based Yahtzee. Each round starts by rolling the dice, and involves strategy to outwit your opponent(s) as each player tries to collect the dice that match their combination cards. The player with the most points at the end of a pre-determined number of rounds wins. Take it or Leave it is a successful blend of dice, strategy, and turn-based games that is as unique as they come. 2-5 players. 8 & up

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2012 Award
Shrimp Cocktail Game
(Blue Orange Games $15 Score: )

Players compete to be the first to spot matching attributes on the shrimp cards. The attributes are color, size, origin, and quantity. When you see a match you grab and squeeze the squeaking starfish and take you catch. This is a fast moving game that calls for thinking on your feet to become the King of the Prawns. For 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2012 Award
Distraction
(ThinkFun $12.99 Score: )

Remembering a sequence of numbers can be challenging, but remembering them, if you are interrupted and have to answer a question in the middle of remembering--well that is why this is called distraction. It's a fairly easy game to learn, but a lot harder to play. It was a good game for exercising your memory with plenty of laughter as players challenge your recall or you challenge their's. For multiple players ages 8 & up

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2012 Award
Cats vs Dogs Game
(International Playthings $6.99 Score: )

A fast playing card game that reinforces the concept of more and less as well as bigger and smaller. Players each put down one card at the same time. If there are two cats and one dog, the cats win, but the person whoput down the cat with the largest number wins the cards. If all the cards are cats the one who put down the biggest number wins. It's a new twist on the game of War and the object is to wind up with all the cards. 5 & up.

Age: . Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2012 Award
Quadefy
(Maranda Enterprises $29.99 Score: )

A beautifully crafted brain teaser for older school aged kids, tweens, teens and adults. Each player needs to use all of their pieces to create the cube but you canít go beyond the grid of the board. If you no longer can use your pieces, you lose the round. A great game for working on spatial relations. The game is done in two tones of wood - and is the type of wooden toy you won't mind having out on your coffee table. The game is marked 4 & up which feels way too low for us   - but if you're playing with an older four they may enjoy turning the pieces. We'd say more like 7 & up to feel satisfying and not frustrating. Rounds move quickly - also a plus.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 
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