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Stephanie L
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My six year old asked for a "math boardgame" for Christmas. I'm not exactly sure what he means by this. We already have Zeus on the Loose. He's a very bright kid. Any games involving addition, subtraction, easy multiplication, or other ideas appropriate for the age level are appreciated. Thanks.
 
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Prime Climb

Maybe a little much for 6...but maybe in a year or two.
 
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Basically, anything not too complex with resources to pay for or scoring to calculate can be made fun to play.
 
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Thanks for the recs! They look awesome and some I've never heard of before!


We already own and enjoy Coloretto. We played Can't Stop once at a game night. We enjoyed, but I actually forgot about it until you mentioned it. Great suggestions.

Thanks!!
 
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Considering your user name is Cribbage Queen you probably already own a game perfect for developing math skills...we used Cribbage as a way for our boys to use a lot of math.

Also, we had them keep score on Qwirkle. Any game with a score, we had them keep it.

Dominoes games can involve math. Muggins is where players score when the ends are multiples of 5.
 
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A Haba game: Secret Code 13+4. You have to mult/div/add/subtract dice to infiltrate a laser-protected museum.
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I dont have a specific game but you can search by "math" as a category
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https://boardgamegeek.com/search/boardgame?sort=rank&advsear...[/url]


I have heard Sleeping Queens isnt to bad, but I dont know much about it. Hope this helps.
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Depending on how confident they are at maths, I would seriously recommend looking at City of Zombies. (as already recommended above by cruisechum)

In essence it's a board-based tower defence game, where the players work cooperatvely, rolling dice and using all of the numbers from their dice and any mathematical operations they choose, the eliminate the approaching zombies by matching up to their target nmubers.

I've used this in class with 8 year-olds plus, normally using the first two or three levels of target cards. Certainly the first level is pretty straightforward in making the numbers work and each level, the target cards get a little more difficult.

There's also an expansion/stand-alone card game called Times Square, which can be added to the board or played without - whilst adding an extra die to the mix.

The art is god, the theming nice and the maths component is excellent.
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Mmm ... Brains!

It's all math.



During a player's turn they roll the dice up to three times. Between rolls, dice can be set aside or re-thrown. At the end of their rolls, or sometime sooner, they can stop rolling and take their total in brains. Their total is the sum of the die faces in one colour, multiplied by the number of brain symbols rolled. A quick burst of arithmetic, which is probably wrong, tells me that 27 is the highest possible brain income you can get during a turn (5 + 4 times 3 brains).

Players take turns repeating this until the supply of 150 brains is drained. Then the game takes a sinister turn... the die rolling continues as normal, however the total and colour of the roll is deducted from the owner of that brain card's brains. If due to bad luck that colour is not in the game, then the roller has to pay from their own supply of brains. If a player is reduced to no brains, they're eliminated from the game.

Play continues until one player remains with brains.
 
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Dragonwood is a great game that has lots of math involved. It has a ton of reasoning, probability, and statistics. It even won an award from Mensa.
 
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Seconding Balloon Cup. My kid used to completely destroy me at it when he was 7.
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Possibly not for this year, but the easy cards from 24 could be good.
 
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I have an almost-6 year old. Here are a few of our favorites:

+1 to Sleeping Queens, which encourages kids to get rid of cards by stringing together cards with 2 or 3 numbers that can be added together, along with the solution.

Some of the 77 ways to play TENZI variations on Tenzi use math, and you can basically make up your own.

We do a lot of counting and comparing numbers (to see which is higher), as well as addition and subtraction, in Munchkin Adventure Time.

And many games that have score counting at the end can work, too. I just got 12 Days and can see it will be a good one because of the final adding up of points.
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Try Just4Fun.
Its a game combining the (simple) addition of up to 4 numbers with connect four.

You have 4 cards in your hand and a board with 36 numbers. You can add up to 4 of the numbers on your cards to place a token of your color on the field with this number. If you are the first player with 4 connected fields on the board where you have the moste tokens on, you win the game.
 
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I like the Cribbage suggestion. Playing cribbage with my parents and grandparents as a young child helped me improve my addition abilities.

My daughter is 6 and is really into math, but I think part of math that is important is logic and patterns (patterns are my daughter's favourite part of the math classes she has in school).

So for patterns SET or SET Junior would be good options.

For logical thinking Robot Turtles is a good option.

I think a six year old could probably handle 6 nimmt!. Its a card game, and there isn't addition or subtraction in the game play, but it is about ordering numbers. The scoring is subtracting points when you get cards and if your score drops to 0 you lose, so there is subtraction in the scoring.

Any game where you use money and make change is a good opportunity to practice addition and subtraction. My daughter love The Game of Life, and I use it as a tool for teaching her addition and subtraction. It also helps her learn about different magnitudes of numbers. All of the bills in the game are $1,000 or bigger, but that could be used to show that we are just adding thousands. So 1000 + 1000 is 2,000, but the addition could be simply done as 1 + 1 = 2, and then putting the three zeros at the end.




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Stephanie L
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Thanks for all the fantastic suggestions. I'll check them out!
 
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