Math has never been my favorite subject to teach. It’s okay, but numbers and hard facts just aren’t my favorite things. That’s why I was excited to be given the chance to review two math games from LogicRoots.
The first is called Say Cheese. It’s a multiplication game that stems from a short story you read from the direction booklet. After that, you distribute cloth bags and the game chips.
Following the rules, you take turns spinning the spinner and following the directions with your chips until someone has none left. With each turn, your task is to determine whether the number on your chip is a multiple of the number on the spinner. With some large numbers on the chips, this can be a bit of a challenge.
My Big Helper was totally up for that. She enjoyed seeing how fast she could determine whether the chips had multiples and usually knew super fast. She liked using big numbers from the spinners and was in it to win it. My Little Man, on the other hand, while he played doesn’t love multiplication. He enjoyed the game but it wasn’t his favorite.
The directions were a bit complicated to figure out. Several times we’d continue play and then have to refer back to the directions to clear something up. Several times we still weren’t sure what we were supposed to do and so just made up our own rules. Part of this, I think, is because English was apparently not the native language of the people who wrote the directions. Also, they often gave examples of the rules instead of just explaining them. Since it is a simple kids’ game, however, this wasn’t a major problem.
All in all, the game was fun. The pieces were colorful and kid-friendly, and it definitely challenged the players to know their math facts. The storyline was cute and the rules are simple. This is definitely a fun, educational game – and best of all, it would be easy to create variations that could extend the usefulness of the game.
- Colorful pieces
- Strong math ties
- Simple rules
- Variations would be easy to create
- Not your traditional math game – asks students to work backwards for find answers
- Costs under $20
- Instructions are somewhat unclear and include a few grammatical errors
- It may take some time for students to get accustomed to identifying factors instead of solving mathematical equations
The second game we played is called Ocean Raiders. This game is about addition and includes a variation for subtraction. This game has a board and strongly resembles Chutes and Ladders. The board contains 49 spaces in a non-linear order and has tornadoes that move a player randomly around the board. Essentially, you roll the die and then add that number to the number of the space on which your token stands. Because the board spaces are scattered randomly around the board, the student can’t simply count the proper number of spaces but must add the two numbers together in order to move ahead.
My Little Man loved this game. He had fun zooming his token around the board and especially loved rolling the die, which isn’t a cube. It’s unusual shape makes it even more fun to roll. I appreciate the variations that are included in the rule book. My son knows his addition facts well, and so we completed the game in far faster time than the directions estimated, but it was still fun.
- Colorful, fun materials
- Sturdy construction
- Easy to understand
- Simple rules
- Several people can play at once
- Costs less than $20
- Could be fun for a limited time only
- This same basic game could be played using other game boards, like Uncle Wiggly or Chutes and Ladders
These games would make great gifts! If you have kids learning their addition or multiplication facts, these games would make great additions to their educational tools.
I received a free copy of these games by LogicRoots. All opinions expressed are my own.