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Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game

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  • Math becomes an adventure as children add and subtract their way across the swamp
  • Fluency in early math skills is made into a social affair as children take turns, follow directions, and sequence steps to play
  • Includes game board, 4 swamp creature game pieces, 2 number dice, and an operation die
  • For 2-4 players. Board measures 17"L x 12"H
  • Winner of 6 awards
  • Ideal for ages 5+
  • Journey through the swamp to the finish line by adding and subtracting numbers on the dice
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Venture over the crocodile shortcut and through the swamp to the finish by adding and subtracting numbers on the dice. Includes game board, 4 swamp creature game pieces, 2 number dice and an operation die. For 2-4 players. Board measures 17"L x 12"H. Grades PreK+.

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Kids will have a terrific time learning math skills as they avoid the hilarious pitfalls of the Sum Swamp. Designed for two to four players, this game is sure to develop and sharpen beginning math skills, because the only way to escape the mire is to roll the dice and add and subtract your way around the board. If you're lucky, you'll be able to take the Crocodile Short Cut, although sooner or later everyone gets caught in the Endless Loop. Landing on special squares, such as Even or Odds or a number space, makes things even more interesting; you could get stuck for quite a while. The best part is that this is a game kids can grow with--children 5 to 6 will find it a learning challenge, and older kids can play for fun. The game is an Oppenheim Best Toy award winner. --Marianne Painter

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Technical Details

Brand Name Learning Resources
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.9 x 1.4 x 13 inches
Item model number LER5052
Batteries 3 AA batteries required.
Color Multi
Number of Items 1
Size 1-Pack
Manufacturer Part Number LER 5052

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ASIN B00004TDLD
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4.8 out of 5 stars 438 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,005 in Office Products (See top 100)
#8 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Mathematics & Counting
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 15, 2005

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Safety Warning
Choking hazard-small parts not for children under three.

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I have been a kindergarten/first grade teacher for 12 years. I have this game and school and wanted to order another one for my own grandchildren. It is a great game that practices addition and subtraction while having fun. I highly recommend it.
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We bought this for my boys and they really enjoyed it right from the start. There is addition and subtraction practice and the concept of odd and even numbers, but the kids don't care because it's fun. The target ages are about 4 to 7, but it's fun enough that Mommy doesn't mind playing it again and again.
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Sum Swamp isn't *so* much fun that, say, they'd ever want to make a movie about it. I don't think you're going to see Liam Neeson and Jennifer Lopez starring in a summer blockbuster thriller about a magical swamp where you have to roll dice and get through it, and need to find the magic combination to get out of the "endless" loop.

On the other hand, playing games with your kids and teaching them basic math can be pretty mundane, if not boring, if you don't have some sort of story. So, as far as an activity goes to make this easy and fun, Sum Swamp fits the bill. The are charming aspects to the board, for instance, that make it play a bit like Candyland (possible "short cuts").

The game is remarkably simple. A board, two numbered dice, a plus/minus die, and four character pieces for the players. Theoretically, you could build this game on your own if you were so inclined, say, with a bunch of toy cars or ponies and call it Sum Race. The plus/minus dice would be hard to procure, though.

The best part, though, kidding aside, is that my kid actually asks to play this game preferentially over, say, other lame-u-tational games like Sequence, SuperWhy ABC Letter Game, etc.

Part of the charm, also, is that the game takes maybe a grand total of 5-10 minutes to get through a game, if you're efficient about it. So it's not going to stretch on and on without some sort of redemption, like a bad movie might. More reason why they probably shouldn't turn Sum Swamp into a movie. Unless, maybe, if they had Samuel L. Jackson in it.

Here are the directions straight outta' the box:
- Each player chooses a game piece and places it on start. Players roll a number die and the player with the highest number goes first.
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My son, who I call SmartyPants, is working on addition and subtraction. I didn't want him to have to do a million worksheets. He'd start hating math! So, I went on Amazon and found this fun game. Sum Swamp is a game for kids who understand how to add and subtract already, but just need to practice and or memorize the math facts.

Inside the box is a large colorful game board, 4 game pieces, and three dice. The game pieces are shaped like little swamp creatures: a yellow turtle, a blue snake, a red frog, and a green snail. They are cute, but seem a little cheaply made. They almost seem like pencil toppers, but not the eraser kind. To test this theory, I had SmartyPants try to put one on a pencil. Yep, it fit perfectly. So, I don't know if they were just trying to cut costs by buying pencil toppers, or if it's just a coincidence that they fit a pencil perfectly. It doesn't really matter to me, as long as SmartyPants likes the game, and learns his math facts.

There are three dice. Two of the dice are green with white numbers, one through six. The third one is white with plus and minus signs ( + and - ). Therefore, the student will practice addition facts with answers up to 12, and subtraction facts with answers 0 to 5. Subtraction was a little tricky at first. The greater number must come first. Negative numbers are a little too advanced for young children. This was only a problem the first few times we've played it. Now my son knows to put the greater number first.

It is possible to roll a zero and not get to move at all. SmartPants is always so sad when that happens.

Dispersed through out the board are squares with the words evens and odds. When you land on one of these squares, you roll a numbered die.
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By Chippery on November 12, 2007
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I have 3 small children and we love playing this game as a family! Grantedm my 2 year old just likes to roll the dice but it is great at reinforcing the math concepts that I am teaching the kids in homeschool. My 4 year old is starting to be able to add and subtract and my almost 6 year old is gaining confidence in her ability to add and subtract. Not only does it reinforce math concepts but also helps to teach them to be good sportsmen, taking turns, and gives parents the opportunity to help them deal with disappointment if they don't win. The best part is that this this game is a lot of fun and they have no idea that they're learning all of these great things!
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My daughter has begun her basic arithmetic, and this game made "studying" fun and relevant. It is also good family time! I highly recommend it for the first grader (or earlier, if that is the case) who is practicing their early math. Too bad the numbers only go up to six (the dice only go to six).
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