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Make It Simple–Math Game


Today’s review fits with May’s theme, Make It Simple. I have a math game to share with you. My three year old can play it, and your high schooler can play it. Adults can play against each other to sharpen their minds. Seriously, one game fits all those ages in an area like math? Yes.

It’s also portable. You can take it to the park. You could play it in learning centers at school. Take it along to grandma’s house.

Not too many rules. The goal is to get three in a row, like tic-tac-toe, and later on the harder levels you can move up to more markers in a row or even multiple rows per player. How do you get to place markers on the board? By knowing your math facts. That’s it! Players refresh their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. You roll one die or many dice, depending on the level, and use those numbers to get a number on the playing board.

If that’s all, how can so many ages play? Because there are different levels, and you also add more dice as you get harder. You can also add multiple functions. For example, you may have to do addition, multiplication, AND subtraction to get to your desired number.

Level 1 starts with number recognition. Level 2 is counting and pre-addition, and it goes on from there. Math facts charts are included to help students continue to learn their facts if they can’t remember. There’s even an explanation of the Sieve of Erasthones if you want to get really challenging and practice a lot about prime numbers. Players also learn defense and offense in playing a game, because they have to decide where to place their markers in relation to the other players’ markers.

So, is it a good game? It’s simple, but is it fun? Yes! We tested it with Dr. J, Meatball, and Cousin Princess. They all loved it. Dr. J is actually dying to move on to harder levels.

I think the brilliance of this game is that all ages can play. You can buy one math game now, and it will serve your family for many years to come! It also builds family relationships as you spend time together. Kids on the autism spectrum will also learn turn-taking, how to let others win, social interaction, building muscle coordination (rolling dice), color identification (markers used), and more!

Where can you purchase this great game? You can order Math Facts Fun! from Catherine Jaime at Curr Click. It is currently priced at ONLY $3.50!. You download a version and print it out yourself, then get 6-sided dice for lower levels, and 12-sided dice for harder levels. Hurry, get your kids a fun way to review their math facts!

I received a copy of Math Facts Fun for honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author: Jenny Herman

Jenny Herman is not anyone special or a hero. She's just a working special needs homeschool mom who uses the Power of One to "just keep swimming". Visit her blog to learn more.

15 thoughts on “Make It Simple–Math Game

  1. I was skeptical at first because you said you need to know your math facts and what 4-5 year old knows any of that? But when you described the different levels, I found it enticing!! My son loves dice and I think this might be fun for us!! Thanks for the great review & pictures! 🙂

    • Thanks, Karen! It starts with number recognition, so your son would have fun, especially if he likes dice! You can even play with dot dice or number dice, so he has different ways to recognize the numbers!

  2. We have this game, and my four children LOVE playing it. My little 3 year old uses it to learn his numbers, and my older children are working on math facts on their own level. Lots of fun!

  3. This would be great for my preschoolers and my soon to be first grader. Thanks for sharing

  4. Thanks for sharing this! I love to tie games in with our school work. It is one of my highest goals to foster a love of learning in my children. ~Rachel

  5. hi! i came over from gina@special happens. thanks for the game rec -my girls and i might enjoy this!

  6. Great! My daughter is SO into numbers right now and already seems to be wanting to do her addition and subtraction. This looks like a game she’d love!

  7. Jenny,
    Thank you for helping me let people know about the game. And thank you to the rest of you for your positive comments. My sister and I developed this game almost 10 years ago, and it’s neat to see it getting into the hands of more people now, thanks to the power of the internet, and blogs like this one.

    I’ve been homeschooling my own 12 children for 30 years now, as well as helping homeschool many other students, and I love using games to add to their learning experiences! This is one of many games we’ve developed to help make learning more fun and more effective!

  8. I was really looking for a board game that can be played by much younger kids like mine who are ages 3 & 4 and based on your review it seems my husband and I can join in without getting bored.

    • I think you could! They could start at Level 1 very easily–number recognition. You’d probably be able to move them to Level 2 quickly, because they can count the dots on the dice. Enjoy!

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