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BrainBox - Maths
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||4.72 x 4.72 x 4.72 inches|
|Number of Game Players||4|
|Item Weight||580 Grams|
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- Suitable for ages 7+
- 1+ players
- Includes 55 cards, timer, 8-sided die and rules card
- Minimum 70% recycled material
- Designed in High Wycombe, UK
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BrainBox is a fast and fun memory game that does not require any pens, pencils, paper, playing board or even a table! Each round takes 10 seconds so all players are involved. A game lasts as long as you want it to, 10 minutes is the norm, but playing for 5 minutes is great fun also. BrainBox is educational and is perfect for families and groups of friends to play, wherever they are, on a level-playing field. Packed in a sturdy cool magnetic cube box. BrainBox is ready to play without any set-up time needed. The rules are pretty straight forward. You can play solo or with as many people as you want. A player simply picks a card and studies it for 10 seconds before being asked a question from the back, chosen by the roll of a die. A correct answer means the card is kept, if not it is returned to the box. The player with most cards after 5 or 10 minutes wins! The winner may not be who you expect as this fabulous game is about observation and memory, not learned facts! BrainBox Maths has 55 cards including all the maths concepts taught in years 3 and 4 from bar charts and venn diagrams to fractions and percentages.
55 cards, 1 rules card, 1 sand timer, 1 die
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My only problem would be that once you have read all the cards and done everything, it might get boring because you know all the facts and you have seen the cards before.
This made maths seem easy and fun for my children when we first played it.
We have never played this in the manner that its inventors intended. Rather, we use it as a way of tackling some of the more terrifying components of the subject (fractions, percentages... the real heavy-mob, although fortunately nothing sadistic like long multiplication and division. Wow, did someone just walk over my grave?). There is an immense amount of information on each card (they're brightly coloured too, very smart) and we felt that trying to get the girls to memorise both the data and the mathematical torture method against the clock was the wrong approach. Hence, we hold the cards up and have a general chat about the concepts shown, and then we go through the questions on the back WHILE we are looking at the card together. The kids often want to go and organise their own bar graphs and things after that, so our approach is managing to instill a real interest in this intimidating little subject. Although, of course, it really isn't that scary at all, not when it's approached from the right angle. There has certainly been a significant change in my own perception of Maths, now that I can actually witness some of these ideas genuinely 'making sense' to the children in such a fun, no pressure way.
It says '7 and up' on the box and obviously if you play it 'properly' that might well be the case. But my little four year old friend can easily decipher a lot of these cards. There's one made up of a bar chart for instance, brightly coloured and well-annotated, and she rattles through the answers to that one like Carol Vorderman.
It's a great product, the real genius of it being that it is a perfectly acceptable gift. I only wish I'd had something like it when I was seven. Or even thirty seven.