My kids love maths, especially my boys. They are both in the top sets at school for maths. And has we love to play games I thought this Math Builder game would be fun to try out.
It’s basically like scrabble but with numbers. It’s suitable for 2-5 players and you each have to take it in turns to make a sum up. The game comes with a bag of tiles, board base, wipe-able boards to help you work out sums, pens, cloth and instructions.
Each player starts with 9 tiles and places them in front of them. Then you take it in turns to make a sum using your tiles. When it’s the second person’s turn, their sum has to connect with a tile already placed on the board (again, like scrabble). If you can’t make a sum you can either pass to the next player or exchange all your tiles for new ones.
The aim of the game is to try to make sums that make more points, as whoever has the most points at the end of the game is the winner. Number tiles = 1 point, Plus & Subtraction tiles = 2 points, Multiplication & Divide tiles = 4 points, and the Equal sign = 0. You can also get extra points by trying to place your tiles on certain pictures on the board.
What we thought of the game
I first played the Math Builder game with just Caitlin (7), and to be completely honest I found this game quite tricky. Caitlin on the other hand found it easy. Really, it all depends on what tiles you get, as I always seemed to get just 2 numbers and all the rest were plus or equals.
Caitlin used the wipe-able board to help her with her sums and also to keep track of our scores. I did think when first playing the game, “why hasn’t this got tile holders” but then I noticed in the instruction book, that it says they don’t include these has they would like the game to be more interactive and to be able to see each others tiles so you can help each other out. Which I thought was a really great idea.
Caitlin really enjoyed playing this and both her brothers played a game with her later that day, and they both really enjoyed it too. The all got quite competitive, but it was also nice watching them help each other out too.
This is a really great game to help kids with their maths. And if playing with younger ones you can remove the multiplication and divide tiles to make it a bit easier. Or even make it harder by removing the plus and minus tiles. This game is great for home learning and really gets the mind thinking.
You can find more Math Games and download free printable math sheets here.
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I received the above game in return for this post. All opinions are mine