I have mentioned before how jack (6) is not a fan of learning but actually it is bethany (8) who dislikes maths. I was offered the maths based game “cloud hoppers” which is an addition and subtraction game aimed at 6 years plus, I thought bethany may find it fairly simple and it might encourage her to be more confident and that jack, who has a more natural talent for maths, would enjoy the challenge the game posed.
You start the game with 2 aliens in the space ship and roll the 10 sided dice, you then have to work out your move based on the space number you are on minus the dice roll the spaces aren’t in number order so you have to use mental arithmetic to work it out. The aim is to get both aliens to square 20, there are spaces to aim for or avoid on the way down so you have to look ahead and decide which of your pieces to move.
It is actually quite a difficult task to do the sums in your head, in the end I got a number line from Jack’s school bag so the kids could use that rather than doing the sums mentally.
This would be a great game for a school or for a home schooling parent, however it didn’t work well for my children; by the time they have had a day at school they come home wanting to play games and they didn’t find doing maths fun. They loved the concept of the game but they lost interest in doing the maths and I had to do all the sums (poor mummy’s brain!), but they loved playing the game and enjoyed working out which piece to move.
This game would be really good for an educational environment, if you want a fun way to encourage learning addition and subtraction of high numbers (adding or taking off 1-9 on numbers up to 50) then this game is perfect. It is easy to understand and lovely and colourful!
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