Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Make Math Fun With Math Dice From @ThinkFun #homeschool


Some days - in order to keep homeschooling fun - we play math Games in lieu of our regularly scheduled math lessons.  I recently had the chance to try out these Math Dice - Powers Practice Edition.  This is the newest edition of the fun Math Dice games. When the boys came downstairs and saw this on our counter they knew it was a day for math games!

The game is easy to play and helps kids to do some mental math while having fun.  As the name suggests, this version includes exponents as part of the play.

Here is a photo of the game contents.

The red die is the exponent die, and each side has either a 2 or a 3 on it. The blue die has the numbers 1-12. There are 3 ordinary dice, instructions, and a carrying bag.

The rules of play are quite simple.

First a  player rolls the two large dice and gets a number and an exponent.  In the example below we rolled a 9 and a 2.  The problem is 9 to the second power.  (9 x 9 = 81)

Now players take turns rolling the dice trying to find a combination that will equal 81

Eventually, we rolled a solution. Nine (3 x 3) to the second power (2) equals 81.

The next example is slightly different.  We rolled a 4 and a 2.   Four to the second power.  (4 x 4 = 16)  When we rolled this hand we had a winner.

Do you see it?

Three times Four is Twelve, plus Four equals 16.  (3 x 4) + 4 = 16

Here is one more example.  We rolled 9 to the second power again.  As we have previously stated, we are looking for 81.

Do you see this solution?

Three plus Six is Nine, and Nine to the Second Power is 81.

As you can see, the game is easy, it goes quickly, and it sharpens mental math skills.

When the game is over, everything fits neatly into this carrying bag which as a slide on the cord to keep it securely closed.

The game is crated by ThinkFun and is suggested for 2-3 players aged 10 and up.  The suggested retail price is $7.99.

The ThinkFun site is a great resource for learning games, and they offer free shipping on all US orders over $25.  Keep up with any new releases and promotions by following on Facebook or Twitter.  They also have a Pinterest Page, A YouTube Channel, and a Google + page so that fans can choose their favorite ways to follow.

For bargains, don't miss the ThinkFun Outlet where they offer special deals.

I would also like to mention their Asperkids Collection.  ThinkFun has teamed up with Asperkids, LLC to put together a collection with Asperger kids in mind.  These are also great games for sensory, ADD, or children with similar learning styles.  Here is what the site says about the collection:
Every item you see has been chosen by internationally award-winning author (teacher, and Mom), Jennifer O'Toole, because: it builds flexible thinking, communication, memory, attention...and never let's up on the fun. That's the relentless positivity of Asperkids, and the play power of ThinkFun - now and always, igniting the awesomeness in ALL kids.
Learning and fun are a great combination.  ThinkFun is a fantastic resource for educational games.