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Ben Ibershoff
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Looking for recommendations on games (we mostly play euro) that require lots of basic arithmetic, especially multiplication and division.

I do some casual math tutoring for a homeschooled child, 10 yr/o. He is not bad with math, but finds it boring and certainly not strong, and we try to play games to make practicing math seem useful and fun.

Games we currently play for this purpose are:
Dominion (usually with sets chosen to provide lots of arithmetic choices, i.e. big money with lots of buys, upgrades, forges etc.)
Stone Age

Planning on getting Powergrid, its been a long time, but I remember one of the things I didn't like about it was feeling like I was just out-mathing my opponents. Obviously, that'd be great in this scenario.

Any ideas would be great!! Thanks!
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24 Game

An example card might have the numbers 2, 4, 5, and 11. How can you get an answer of 24 using all four numbers and addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division?

Answer:

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5 + 11 = 16
16 - 4 = 12
12 x 2 = 24
 
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Kingdoms - exercises addition, subtraction, and multiplication skills. It plays quickly for 2 - 4 players.

 
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jjpuzzles wrote:
24 Game

An example card might have the numbers 2, 4, 5, and 11. How can you get an answer of 24 using all four numbers and addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division?

Answer:

Spoiler (click to reveal)
5 + 11 = 16
16 - 4 = 12
12 x 2 = 24


Looks like this also works:
Spoiler (click to reveal)
2 x 4 = 8
8 + 5 + 11 = 24
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Muggins! You won't find it at a game store but you can find it online. I bought it at a homeschool convention for the very purpose you mentioned. The company makes a whole line of math games.
 
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Ben Ibershoff
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Those are some good recommendations, thanks folks.

I'd also be interested in any games, like stone age or powergrid, where the math is not so much a mechanic of the game, but just a consistent requirement to play. We're not intimidated by recommended age, or difficulty.

The child I work with is notably behind my kids in math, and my children are younger, so there are some difficult ego issues that come up when we play games together where math skill is the winning mechanic. Sometimes better is just where we can help him get the math right as we play, and strategizing wins the day.

I will probably get some of these suggestions and mix them in, they look fun and I think he might be inspired to try harder to get the math right to win.

Thanks Alot!
 
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Smash Up is a math frenzy that requires constant math skills. Its artwork is tailored towards kids.

I printed out the base cards that are available on BGG and used those to help keep track of the score on each base.
 
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Two that my grandchildren enjoy:

Straw
Zeus on the Loose

Both are simple in terms of math skills, just adding and subtracting, but the fact the kids request them is important. I figure any math practice that they enjoy is a plus.
 
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When you go get resources in Stone Age, you have to roll dice and then divide the total rolled by whatever resource you are trying to claim. Food is 2, Wood 3, Brick 4, Stone 5 and Gold 6. Your kid will certainly learn basic division playing this game.

Plus, the game is fantastic. An all-time classic and great worker placement gateway game.

Edit: I'm an idiot and didn't see you already mentioned Stone Age.
 
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