on June 30, 2011
I had MathDice, the edition for older kids already and got this for you youngest recently, to keep her brain active and developing over the summer, now that school is out.
To play this game, you roll the odd sided die to reveal a number, then roll the regular dice to give you a set of numbers with which you have to make the first number. Harder than it seems. You can only use multiplication, addition, division and subtraction to achieve this goal, and only making integers.
The dice are really chunky and colorful, so the kids love them. My youngest loves that she has her own version of her sister's game. It makes her feel grown up! :P
This game comes with a little bag to store the dice. It's small, cheap, and a great way to get kids to practice math with out it being dull! Every parent should buy this game for their kids!
on February 9, 2012
I had an opportunity to finally sit down and play MathDice Jr. this week. My father-in-law is in town, so I roped him and my husband into playing with our five year old.
We had tried out the game once before, but I could see her attention wandering, so we had only played the 'short' version.
With all three adults attention focused on her, she did a bit better this time, keeping her attention until the very end.
It is a simple game comprised of a small cloth mat, one target die, five scoring dice, and a little drawstring bag to hold it all.
The one complaint I would have is that I think they should have had some fun tokens to go with it. (Although I just learned from another review that their website has tokens you can print out and use) As it stands right now, you have to go and find some tokens to use on the playing board. That wasn't a big deal though, our five year old was a penny, and then we picked coins according to our age - so her grandfather was the quarter.
There is the option for a short game or a long game - I think that this is primarily determined by the child's ability to pay attention. My daughter is five, and the game is for six and up, she was getting wiggly and distracted by the end of the long game.
The idea of the game is to throw the target die, a 12-sided die, then throw the five scoring dice, attempting to use them (only once) to add or subtract to the number on the scoring die.
For example, say you had the following scenario..
Target die: 4
Scoring die: 1,5, 3,2,6
You could use them as follows: 5-1=4, 6-2=4
So two combinations. You would then move your token two spaces on the game mat.
You could even use multiplication and division, but MathDice Jr is oriented towards the younger set.
The instructions suggest a more competitive play, in which players shout out "Math Dice" when they see a potential combination, even if it isn't their roll. From the beginning we decided on the cooperative play option - mainly because our five year old would be an extreme disadvantage and not be able to make the calculations fast enough.
She's quickly getting there, however, and I could see this game moving at a faster, more exciting pace soon.
What it is doing for her is teaching her how to do basic subtraction and addition on the fly, which is our area of focus currently. So this little game really helps with that.
We also discussed, while playing it, that there should be a bonus for using all of the scoring die in one fell swoop - move five paces - or something like that.
In any case, we had fun and I can see this game helping my daughter really `get' the concept.
on August 31, 2011
One challenge that we always seem to face when starting a new school year is refreshing the kids' memories. The lazy days of summer always cause them to forget a few keys bits of information. To help ease us back in to the school year, I start a month before having them play fun educational games that reinforce those key skills they will need to start the school year.
ThinkFun recently released a new game that is perfect for this and also for use throughout the school year as well to reinforce basic addition and subtraction concepts. It's called Math Dice Jr., and it's very inexpensive. Math Dice Jr. comes complete with a 12-sided Target Die, 5 6-sided Scoring Dice (brightly colored and chunky for smaller hands), a flexible Scoring Track, and a handy dandy pouch to store it all in. It's small and easy to store or take on the go. Gameplay is fairly simple...
Roll the 12-sided Target Die to obtain your target number, then roll the five 6-sided Scoring Dice. Using addition and/or subtraction, combine the Scoring Dice to match the target number, moving one space on the track for every Scoring Die used. The first player to reach the finish line on the scoring track wins!
Math Dice Jr. grows with your child! It not only feature a shorter track for less experienced students, but also allows your child to acquire the target number with simple addition and subtraction using two numbers, or by using a combination of addition and subtraction. For instance, if the player rolls a 7 on the Target Die, and then rolls a 4, 5, 1, 3, and 2 on the five Scoring Die, he/she could use the following problems to reach the number 7 - 3+4, 5-2, 4+5-2, 5+3-1, 2+1+4, and so on. It can get complicated but only if the child chooses to make it that way. You'd be amazed the combinations they come up with to get those extra spaces or leave less dice remaining for their competitors!
My only complaint is that the game markers used to move along the board are not included, but they do offer printable ones on their website, as well as a printable Scoring Track, too. One of my favorite things about Math Dice Jr. is that all the pieces except for the 12-sided die are easily replaced if lost. The large chunky dice can be replaced by normal game dice, and with the printable options offered on the ThinkFun website you don't have to worry about not being able to play! Find this and more fun educational games at [...].
**I received this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.
on August 2, 2011
I am a first grade teacher and I LOVE MATH DICE! This game is short, flexible and fun! It probes basic math facts and flexibility of thought without kids even realizing it! I own several sets of math dice so that my whole class can play at once - this is always a favourite math centre in my classroom. Game options suggested are great - we also switched out the game dice for decadice (10 sided) to more directly probe facts of ten in game play. Storage bag makes clean up so easy. Another ThinkFun success!
on December 15, 2010
My 6 1/2 yr old really enjoys this game. It's small so you can take it anywhere and it's educational. The games don't last too long which I greatly appreciate.
on April 10, 2012
This is definitely a math game for kindergarten and first-graders--or struggling second graders: basic addition and subtraction. The dice themselves are colorful and heavy, and will definitely be saved for other games/activities... Using the dice alone, without the gameboard, would allow older kids to practice multiplication.
on August 2, 2011
This can have a myriad of uses. It comes with a playing "board" (piece of fabric), but for our family we've been using it on a "flash-math" basis. The idea is that you roll the white dice and then toss the other die. Using the colored die, you have to either do subtraction or addition to equal the number on the white dice. With my 9 year old and trying to work on her multiplication, we're more likely to have her give us products (if the white dice is a 7 and she has rolled a 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, she has to tell us 14, 21, 28, 49 and 77). With my 6 year old, we do addition/subtraction. He'll figure out that 6+3+1=10, and then I'll ask if he can do it in fewer die and he'll immediately pick the 4. It's something I'll pull out while they're eating breakfast and throw a few rounds before they're off for the day and it's a fun way to jumpstart their school day. Also, it's a quiet game my 6 year old plays during church as long as we're on padded pews (shhh!).
I want to encourage my kids to enjoy math. I had my doubts with this game because it’s just finding ways to add and subtract, but would the kids really enjoy it? Yes! They actually ask to play it.
The idea is to roll the big dice, roll the smaller die, and find ways with the smaller die to match the number on the big dice, by either adding or subtracting. This is great for kids in first grade, but I can see how older kids should probably go with the regular edition that includes multiplication and division.
There’s really not much else to this: the fun is in the game. The pieces are all solid and colorful (which I think helps the fun factor) and the game comes with a bag to hold everything together. The pieces that move along the fabric board are colorful cardboard, but get the job done.
For an inexpensive investment, this is a great way to get the kids into math without too much gimmick or trickery.
on December 10, 2011
My children love to learn, and they love games. I like the fact that the two can be combined into one thing, and that I do not have to be "right there" while they play. One child can play alone, or two can play together, or three, or... well you get the point. Once they have the concept down, it just does not require constant adult input. As a homeschooling mom, that's a nice "break" for me.
Plus, it travels easily. It's five large 6-sided dice, and one large 12-sided die in a fabric bag. It takes almost no space to pack, or to store at home.
It's fun, it's educational, it's easy to take with you. What else could you ask for in a math game?
on November 5, 2012
My husband and I were eyerolling a bit that our daughter's kindergarten class wasn't teaching basic sums, so we started looking for games that taught easy addition and subtraction. "Sum Swamp" is an awesome board game (*Highly* recommend!), but we were also looking for something a bit more portable. "ThinkFun Math Dice Jr" fit the bill perfectly.
With our five-year old, we play the game in addition-mode only (at least for now). Roll the 12-sided dice to get a target number, and then see how many of the colored dice can be used to sum up to the target. It REALLY helps our kid see how numbers can be manipulated. For instance if you roll an "6" on the target dice and your colored dice roll 6 / 4 / 2 / 1 / 1, you can go forward 1 square (using just the 6), 2 squares (4+2), or 4 squares (4+2+1+1).
It only took one time for our kindergartener to realized that SHE CAN WIN the more dice she uses, and there was an amazingly quick learning curve as she happily trounced mommy and daddy with her numbers. The bonus? Games only take about 10 minutes, so there's usually a way to squeeze in a game while dinner is cooking. Plus, since the game is composed of just dice and a narrow mat, games can be played on any available flat surface (table/couch/large book) with whatever coins/barrettes/lint fluffies are in your pocket as game pieces.
At some point in time, we'll probably increase the difficulty by incorporating subtraction as well. But for now, addition is quite fun!