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Dan Peterson
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Looking for a game that will (secretly) help my niece and nephew (both age 10) with practicing multiplying. I got Sleeping Queens for them a few years back and that was a big hit, so now my sister-in-law is looking for a new game. They are NOT a big gaming family, so it needs to be a quick, easy to learn game. Any ideas?
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I haven't actually played Mathino, but it's an advanced (and proprietary) version of the Casino card game that includes multiplication, division, powers and roots.

I've played Casino enough with my younger kids (6&5 currently) to know that the mechanics make an absolutely awesome game for reinforcing math skills. You know your math? You're competitive. You don't? Then you still have fun but you get to watch me consistently beat you. And the thing I love is that it isn't flash card math. It's just a card game. The kids aren't practicing math; they're just playing and trying to beat Dad.

I'm reasonably certain Mathino offers the same experience to older kids. We're personally just not there yet. (Ask me in 4 or 5 years!)
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Numbers League: Adventures in Addiplication
Numbers League: Infinity Level Expansion Deck
Numbers League: Dinosaurs Expansion
Numbers League: Critters Expansion

Pharaoh Code
This one is great, we still play it and my son asks to play it. Fun for the three of us.

Edited to add: My son is 10.
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Look at Take it Easy! It is an older game that was just redone by Gryphon games. Each player has the same tiles in their own color. One player acts as "caller" and pulls tiles which all players then must place one at a time. At the end, completed rows are scored by multiplying the size of the row by the number going that direction on the tiles. Lots of multiplying numbers 1-9. Pretty fast game for 2-6 players.
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MN Gopher wrote:
Looking for a game that will (secretly) help my niece and nephew (both age 10) with practicing multiplying. I got Sleeping Queens for them a few years back and that was a big hit, so now my sister-in-law is looking for a new game. They are NOT a big gaming family, so it needs to be a quick, easy to learn game. Any ideas?


I made up a simple game for my son: take 2d10, roll them and shout out the product. Complete 25 rolls as fast as possible: then, try and beat your time. If they are competitive, they will keep trying to go faster, and forget they are doing the math.
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mi_de wrote:
MN Gopher wrote:
Looking for a game that will (secretly) help my niece and nephew (both age 10) with practicing multiplying. I got Sleeping Queens for them a few years back and that was a big hit, so now my sister-in-law is looking for a new game. They are NOT a big gaming family, so it needs to be a quick, easy to learn game. Any ideas?


I made up a simple game for my son: take 2d10, roll them and shout out the product. Complete 25 rolls as fast as possible: then, try and beat your time. If they are competitive, they will keep trying to go faster, and forget they are doing the math.

Neat idea. And your post reminded me of another game. In Tumblin-Dice you multiply the dice on a given level by the value of that level. This might provide what the OP's after.
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Thanks for the suggestions thus far.

Willward wrote:
I haven't actually played Mathino, but it's an advanced (and proprietary) version of the Casino card game that includes multiplication, division, powers and roots.


I will check out Mathino. I'm sure it would work with my own kids, but I'm wondering if my real non-gaming sister-in-law will stick with this with her kids.

basm22 wrote:



We actually own Numbers League (without the expansions) and I thought about it. I know there's a great deal of adding, but didn't know if it would have enough of the multiplying practice. I'll definitely check out Pharaoh Code.


jill e gamer wrote:
Look at Take it Easy! It is an older game that was just redone by Gryphon games. Each player has the same tiles in their own color. One player acts as "caller" and pulls tiles which all players then must place one at a time. At the end, completed rows are scored by multiplying the size of the row by the number going that direction on the tiles. Lots of multiplying numbers 1-9. Pretty fast game for 2-6 players.


This sounds intriguing. Thanks.


mi_de wrote:
I made up a simple game for my son: take 2d10, roll them and shout out the product. Complete 25 rolls as fast as possible: then, try and beat your time. If they are competitive, they will keep trying to go faster, and forget they are doing the math.


While I do some investigating into some of these games, she can certainly try this with her kids. Thanks.


Willward wrote:
In Tumblin-Dice you multiply the dice on a given level by the value of that level. This might provide what the OP's after.



This definitely sounds like a possibility. Thanks!
 
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Have you considered Stone Age?

Every time you roll dice - which is fairly often in that game - you're actually doing multiplication (or division, depending on how your brain prefers to think of it).
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pacman88k wrote:
Have you considered Stone Age?

Every time you roll dice - which is fairly often in that game - you're actually doing multiplication (or division, depending on how your brain prefers to think of it).


I had thought of Stone Age (We own it and it works well with my daughter. And I do think of it more as division, rather then multiplication)

In the end, I think this game is too heavy of a game for their family.
 
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I rethemed Kingdoms for my kids. They love to play it. It's simple & fun to play but the hard part is to calculating scores in each round which involves lots of adding, subtracting & multiplications. If you are looking for a math game with multiplications, this may be a good choice.

My rethemed version:


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Pretty simple on the math, but nonetheless, Santiago. The scoring is number of your cubes in an area times the size of the area. And then you do this for each area you are in. Great game too.
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Your final score in Lost Cities requires simple multiplication, and after a couple hands you start doing mental math constantly to figure out payoffs.

Plus it's a great game to introduce probability.
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There is an obscure game called

Third World Debt

by JKLM games.

It require a lot of multiplication, but is simple enough for a 10 year old to play.

Comes complete with a 25x25 (or so) multiplication table.
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Thought I left a message last night, but I must have forgotten to actually submit it. I'll try again.

Mad Math is pure multiplication. Roll two dice and put a pawn on the result. GEt three pawns in a row and win the game. There's enough of a battle to get the pawns in a row to forget you're playing a math game.
And, you should be able to find it in a thrift store. That's where I found my 3 copies. Good luck.
 
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