|Brand Name||Learning Resources|
|Item Weight||1.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||1.5 x 10 x 10 inches|
|Item model number||LER5052|
|Batteries||3 AA batteries required.|
|Material Type||Cardboard, Plastic|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||LER5052|
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- Encourage basic math drills through fun game play with Sum Swamp
- Children develop fluency in early math skills as they play the game
- Includes gameboard, 4 swamp creature game pieces, 2 number dice, and an operation die
- Winner of 6 awards
- Ideal for ages 5+, For 2-4 players
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Sum Swamp strikes the right balance between education and entertainment. To determine number of moves, kids roll two number dice and one basic math symbol die - then they do the math! Strengthening basic math skills builds confidence and makes numbers less intimidating.
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Encourage math drills through fun game play with Sum Swamp. Journey through the swamp by adding and subtracting numbers on the dice. Includes gameboard, 4 swamp creature game pieces, 2 number dice, and an operations dice.
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 PainterSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Our "solution" to this so far has been to just ignore the rule of landing exactly on the exit space, treating the exit space as any old space and ignoring the whole loop idea. This makes the game super short, but that's better for my 4 year old and she still gets addition/subtraction practice without the torture of drawing the game out for hours. I may end up taking a sharpie to the board and changing the placement of the 3 and 5 spaces to where they are SUPPOSED to be, to make it more playable.
If Learning Resources will either correct their game board or send me the older version of the board that actually makes sense, I will update my review with additional stars, as I think it's a great game otherwise. How did this major flaw make it all the way to production?
Also, I noticed Learning Resources commented on another review recently, stating that the only updates they made to the board were artistic. That is patently false and is the difference between a one and five star game/review for me.
I do understand the frustration and I'm sorry you're so disappointed in the update. Please know we value your product review and I've shared your frustrations with our game designers.
I do have to say, your solution to the loop is brilliant. It gives younger kids the opportunity to escape the frustration, yet offers older children an opportunity to sharpen their basic math skills.
Again, thank you for taking the time to review our and please contact me directly with additional questions or ideas. -Selene
My son, who is 5, is starting to add in his math curriculum. We've done some subtraction using computer games in Starfall and Splashmath, but not officially yet. But he understands "5 take away 3" statements for example. Well, I give him an abacus to play. The game is entertaining as inevitably someone stays behind, someone enters the "endless loop". The game pieces are truly darling. There's a snake, a frog (and to my son's hilarity) a snail and a turtle - funny because, you know those are slow. The vocabulary is also excellent for little ones: during the game you talk about odd and even numbers. You have three dice: two number dice and an operations die. The game is simple to learn and it is neither too long not too short. It is also not mind numbing like Candy Land.
When my son rolled a 6-2 and he automatically said 4, I tell you that I was so happy I almost cried. This game hits that balance between entertaining and educational. It's just great.
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. If the number is even, and you are on an "evens" square (like in the picture), you get to advance that number of spaces. If you roll an odd, you stay where you are. When you land on a numbered square, roll the plus/minus die. If you roll a +, you advance the number of spaces written in the square, if you roll a -, you go back that number of spaces.
The last unique aspect of the game is the endless loop. You keep going around and around the loop unless you land on the exit square. This is easier than it seems. The most I've ever gone around the endless loop is four times. Most of the time we get to exit on our second or third time around.
Overall, Sum Swamp is a fantastic game. It is fun, and educational at the same time. Here are the pros and cons:
Pros: Teaches addition and subtraction and odds and evens, fun, colorful, much more fun than a worksheet. durable. Pretty good price, around 15 dollars.
Cons: Are the game pieces pencil toppers? I'm still not sure. The subtraction can get a little confusing if the lesser number is placed before the greater number.
Here is a youtube video of my son reviewing this game: