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Rzberry Mom
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Any good math games for an almost 6 year old? She's more at an 8 year old math level or so, but she's kind of awful at strategy (e.g. Toot and Otto kicks her butt). I'm hoping to find something that doesn't scream 'math curriculum' but rather is a fun game that just happens to really help with math. Thanks!!
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Cowabunga teaches (mostly mental) addition & subtraction in the guise of surfboarding cows
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Is Numbers League: Adventures in Addiplication worth a look ?

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just played No Thanks! and made the kids do the 2 digit addition.

Diamant is good for introducing them to division and remainders
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rzberrymom wrote:
Any good math games for an almost 6 year old? She's more at an 8 year old math level or so, but she's kind of awful at strategy (e.g. Toot and Otto kicks her butt). I'm hoping to find something that doesn't scream 'math curriculum' but rather is a fun game that just happens to really help with math. Thanks!!

Although it's a little pricey, I believe Tom Vasel's Vicious Fishes might be the ideal game for both you and your 6-year-old. It's already earned induction into the Shelves of Fame of French game designer Bruno Faidutti's Ideal Game Closet/Cabinet at: http://www.faidutti.com/index.php?Module=ludotheque&id=719

Check out Tom Vasel's own preview of his "Vicious Fishes" game at the YouTube.com link below.




Although orderable through NestorGames.com, "Vicious Fishes" can also be ordered via MayDayGames.com (located in Utah) in order to save international shipping costs. (Nestor Games is located in Spain.)


A good companion game would be Reiner Knizia's Fish Eat Fish whose sea fish theme and numerical game mechanics should provide a satisfying complement to those of "Vicious Fishes"

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I'm guessing you want arithmetic as opposed to geometry, probability, etc. Coloretto is one of many games with a list of points both added and subtracted at the end. Poison is an attractive adding game. I'm trying to think of division, but I'm stuck at Incan Gold, which has already been mentioned (and only employs it when 2+ players retreat at the same time).
 
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Also search forums. Click on the forums at the top with the down arrow. Here are 2 to look through

Forums -> game related -> games in the classroom
Forums -> game related -> Gaming with kids


Games that teach math seems to be a subject that comes up pretty regularly. I think I commented on a similar thread in the last couple of weeks.

Here's one particular thread.
adding and subtracting

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rzberrymom wrote:
Any good math games for an almost 6 year old? She's more at an 8 year old math level or so, but she's kind of awful at strategy (e.g. Toot and Otto kicks her butt). I'm hoping to find something that doesn't scream 'math curriculum' but rather is a fun game that just happens to really help with math. Thanks!!


Alhambra. We started playing it with our two girls when the youngest was 5-6. They might not understand the finer strategy at that age, but the simple math to buy the buildings and the simple spacial requirements to place them are easy enough to learn.

Then, you're left with a very good game you can play with adult friends too.
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I agree to James, Vicious Fishes is a good game with "hidden" math (mainly summing up).

If you want multiplication, division and squaring too, take Stone Age.
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Most Euro-type games are good for the maths skills because winning generally depends on victory points. As well as adding up scores at the end, you need to work out which move will give you the most points as you go along. So, if I were you, I would think about it in a slightly different way and choose a game where discussion is encouraged and try to develop the "if you do this you get 4 points, if you do this you get 5" approach. This will improve her strategic thinking as well as her arithmetic.

For this, there are many games that will work. Games like Ticket to Ride would work, but games which encourage discussion like Carcassonne are ideal. Carcassonne has the added advantage that you can choose the rules to use to suit your purpose (e.g. if farmers is too complex for today you can leave them out).

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Biberbande. Excellent game, fun for all ages.
 
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Pickomino taught Corben, my 5 year old, to add up quickly.

It may be a coincidence but he plays a lot of boardgames with me and he has been assessed to have the computational skills of a 9 year old.

He also plays a lot of computational games like Royal Turf, Incan Gold, Powerboats and Bohnanza to mention but a few.

Pickomino, Royal Turf and Pitch Car (which incidentally has no maths skills) are his clear favourites.
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Why not go with a classic? Cribbage does a great job of sharpening arithmetic skills and also teaches pattern recognition as well.

Worked for me around 40 years ago, anyhow!
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Markus Hagenauer wrote:
I agree to James, Vicious Fishes is a good game with "hidden" math (mainly summing up).

If you want multiplication, division and squaring too, take Stone Age.


Don't be modest, Markus. Your Topology is perfect for this too, so mention it. It has 'hidden' multiplication and addition. Remember when that kid beat his father in our booth in Essen by almost 100 points? He was calculating really fast!


Disclaimer: I'm the publisher or Markus' game.


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Lost Cities has addition and multiplication in its scoring and number-centred stratigerizing (dubya TM).
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I think Summy by Cwali fits the picture.
it's a scrabble like game with sums, addition,divisions and multiplications.
I tried it out in Essen and it's simple and fun.

very replayable and very easy to explazin even to a 6 year old.
 
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older thread: Games to teach math


edit to add some Geeklists that may assist and extend beyond the current topic:

Beyond Counting :: Games That Can Be Used to Teach Basic Math Concepts

Games that teach logic and/or math concepts

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Markus Hagenauer wrote:
I agree to James, Vicious Fishes is a good game with "hidden" math (mainly summing up).

If you want multiplication, division and squaring too, take Stone Age.


There's squaring in Stone Age surprise ?!
 
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n_r_a wrote:

Don't be modest, Markus. Your Topology is perfect for this too, so mention it. It has 'hidden' multiplication and addition. Remember when that kid beat his father in our booth in Essen by almost 100 points? He was calculating really fast!

Disclaimer: I'm the publisher or Markus' game.



You´re right, there is quite a lot of addition needed in Topology. Never thought about it, as there is so much geometry.



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Markus Hagenauer wrote:
I agree to James, Vicious Fishes is a good game with "hidden" math (mainly summing up).

If you want multiplication, division and squaring too, take Stone Age.


There's squaring in Stone Age surprise ?!


At the end of the game, you get VP equal to the square number of different cards you have.
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Zeus on the loose teaches addition subtraction and rounding up numbers.
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That is exactly what I was going to say. My wife's family are all cribbage players and have managed to get all the kids into it at an early age.

Marqos wrote:
Why not go with a classic? Cribbage does a great job of sharpening arithmetic skills and also teaches pattern recognition as well.

Worked for me around 40 years ago, anyhow!
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My favorite is Oh! Look at the Bunny Rabbit - Math Fun!
 
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While this may be a little out of their league, Power Grid involves a LOT of math as you make and plan your move.
Might be a bit over the head of a six year-old but definitely a good one once they're able to start wrapping their heads around the concept.
 
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