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Smart Math Games
These are the math games we all love - fun, exciting, but not contrived
versions of classroom math. Check out the
Game - this is one of our favorite dinner-time diversions, as well as a
great game with math-peers.
Card Golf travels as easily as a deck of cards, and varies as widely as the
pars on your local or favorite golf courses. And
SET... a perpetual hit for all ages, but doesn't even require reading.
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The Game by Sunriver Games (ages 8+)
An exciting strategy game that combines elements of luck and skill. Using
durable plastic tiles on a full color game board, players take turns laying
tiles on a 7×7 grid and score points for adjacent tiles that create runs,
sets and sums of 24 or 7...
1-2-3 OY! and
A-B-C OY! card games
(numbers or letters) for the younger folks, multi-player or solitaire... lots
- The 24 Game
Create the number 24 from the four numbers on a game card. You can add,
subtract, multiply and divide. Use all four numbers but use each number only
once. Available from simple addition and subtraction, right up to fractions,
decimals and algebra. Click for 24 Challenge tournament schedule.
Decks listed in order of difficulty
Practice +-*/ skills by using the numbers on the dice. The first to flip over all 10
numbered keys wins the game... Also try
4 Way Spelldown
by Out of the Box
This short math game looks simple, and turns into a ton of fun for kids
of all ages, and their parents! Try it, you'll like it!
Insomnia by RJB3 Games (ages 8+)
Albert can’t sleep and he needs help counting his sheep. A mental math
game that requires players to think and solve equations. Practice mental
math, math facts, learning order of operations, critical and creative
thinking skills. Can be played in small groups or collaboratively in a large
group or classroom...
Barnes & Noble)
Equilibrio (or from
Barnes & Noble) all
Use the 18 precision-cut blocks to construct 3-D structures illustrated in
the challenge booklet: 50 illustrations in each game, ranging from simple shapes,
requiring only a few blocks to complex ones. As players develop stronger
notions of perspective and geometric concepts, the challenges become more
Classic strategy game, adored by gifted kids as young as 4 or 5...
Sharp eyes and fast hands, but with handicapping to even the game for the
most diverse 2 or 3 players... no reading required
Play golf with a deck of cards? You bet! There's a course
provided, but you can play ANY golf course in the world - all you need is
the distance and par for each hole. Use the deck to play and score
your holes, and see if you can beat par. We had fun playing it with
teens and adults; good beginning as young as kids can add 3 digit numbers.
Not bad for quick mental math practice, either! Easy to carry and play
Cashflow 101 by Rich Dad
Give your child a financial headstart by raising their financial I.Q. This
game teaches your family the key principles of how to get out of the rat
race & how to create wealth. From the authors of
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--That the
Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Curse of the Ruby Rhino, a Dastardly Dice Game by (ages 6-12)
Behold the Ruby Rhino! The most coveted of ancient treasures stands inches
from your grasp but a curse makes it nearly impossible to capture. Roll the
dice and try your best to corner this elusive jeweled beast. Watch out for a
bevy of fake gold that will get in your way... (counting and visual
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (6 CD set for gifted grades 6 through
In a leaky lifeboat, students survive an ocean storm and become marooned
on a deserted island once inhabited by Rene Descartes. They discover his
parchment notebook, pick up a map and other gear, and begin their journey
through the island tunnels, volcanoes, underground rivers, jungles,
abandoned mines, sunken ships and many more surprises. At each step, they
solve increasingly difficult puzzles and math challenges, earn gold coins,
and make entries in their own journal. As they master each math concept,
they prepare to tackle the final quest...
Shutter by Blue Orange
Combines basic arithmetic skills with strategy for great family fun!
Be the first to shut the box... Also available in wooden
Vintage Double Shutter
Strategic math thinking game. Don't forget
Junior Tile Set for more integers, or the
Advanced Tile Set for negative numbers and exponents. Also
Equate classroom set available, too!
Activity Notebook Level 1,
Level 2, or
6 and up)
Exciting dice game for
the whole family, two or more players. Two
minutes to learn; luck, guts and strategy to win... Farkel comes in
score pads seperately), as well as Pocket versions, 2" high and
Red (roll-up score pad included) and even
4 (or from
Combine arithmetic and strategy, roll the dice and play a square on the
board, but watch out for your opponent when he "flips" you off the board!
A fun way to sharpen your math skills...
by FlashMaster, Inc.
A toy, a learning tool... both. FlashMaster replaces flash cards for
+-*/ math facts. Use it with or without the timer (or make it
longer, for kids who need some limits, but a little more time), with or
without sound effects, problems that are missed can be run separately in
"missed problems." Change the format of the problems, putting the
"variable" in any position. This is a great tool, that's great fun, even
for our twice exceptional friends...
Granny Apples (ages 8 and up, or as soon as a gifted child can add
and subtract halves!) (or from
Quick counting game using 1/2's and wholes,
addition and subtraction. Watch out for the worm!
Head Full of Numbers
Players roll six dice out of the brainiac-shaped cup and combine the
resulting digits using addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.
Whoever comes up with the greatest number of unique, correct equations wins!
the Colorful Snake-Making Card Game (2-5 players, ages 3 and up)
As each Hisss snake slithers its way across the playing area, it
introduces color identification and visual logic: Does it make sense to have
a snake with two tails and no head' Are those two colors the same or not'
Even elementary counting skills come into play during scoring at the end of
the game. No reading required...
Moscovich's Mastermind Collection
Diabolical puzzles from the undisputed king of recreational mathematics.
Leonardo's Mirror, Hinged Square, Shoelace Problem, Monty Hall Problem,
Fiendishly Frustrating Brain-Twisting Puzzles, and Deviously Difficult
Mind-Bending Puzzles. Get one title or all six! Or order them all from Amazon,
Knotty Number Problems,
Perplexing Pattern Problems,
Perplexing Pattern Problems,
The Hinged Square,
Tough Topology Problems,
Peerless Probability Problems,
Brain-Flexing Balance Problems,
Cunning Combination Problems,
The Shoelace Problem,
The Monty Hall Problem, and
Loopy Logic Problems
Kakuro Challenge 1 and
Kakuro Challenge 2 by Alastair Chisholm
More challenging than Sudoku (also called Cross Sums), Kakuro are a
mathematics crossword puzzle!
From paper airplanes to Legos, marbles and jacks, from juggling to peg
solitaire to desktop football, from knitting and sewing to watercolor art to
thumbprint art... There are so many of these great books, they get their own
Family Arithmetic Game
Use the 5 cards in your hand and any the math operations to get to the
randomly dealt solution. Also
Primary Krypto, and
Krypto Fractions supplement (requires original Krypto)
to Tell Time
- Among the topics: How come time stops at the
dentist? Why do grown-ups care so much about the time? What exactly happens
when the short hand disappears behind the long hand?
Stop! the Watch: A
Book of Everyday, Ordinary, Anybody Olympics
- Some spectacularly ordinary Olympic events -- like switching your shoelaces --
done for time...
They'll forget they're practicing math. Tic tac toe, where you
roll the dice and multiply to position your pawn. Three in a row
wins (including addition game for younger kids)
Gardner's Mathematical Games
The entire collection of his Scientific American columns on one CD.
"Mathematical Games" column ran in Scientific American from 1956 to 1986. Here
Gardner introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the delights of
mathematics and of puzzles and problem solving. His column broke such stories as
Rivest, Shamir, and Adelman on public-key cryptography, Mandelbrot on fractals,
Conway on Life, and Penrose on tilings. He enlivened classic geometry and number
theory and introduced readers to new areas such as combinatorics and graph
Classic logical deduction game. Also
Deluxe Travel Mastermind,
Attaché Mastermind and
Mastermind for Kid
Blaster ages 6-12 (age 5)Up-to-date version of
the first educational software, learn math facts through interactive games...
(ages 8+) by
Add, subtract, multiply, divide, square or cube to get closest to the Target
Number. Comes with dice, storage bag, instructions and sample challenges.
We've been playing at dinner, and the storage bag makes it a great travel game!
Quizzes kids on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fraction,
decimals, or percentages with eight skill levels in each category
Deal the cards, create an accurate equation, score points for winning the
round. Three challenging variations for play with the family or in the
Mathematics Calendar 2012 by Theoni
A problem a day, all year long! Plus facts, curiosities, and
Maya Madness (ages 10 and up, or as soon as the gifted child is ready to
play with zero!)
Among their many achievements, the Mayan civilization was the first to
understand the power of zero. Maya Madness uses their principles and symbols
to bring math alive for kids and help them understand positive and negative
numbers. All tokens and cards feature both Arabic numerals and Mayan number
symbols. Your goal is to add and subtract your cards to reach your secret
token number. But be careful or you may plunge into the world of negative
First published in 1962, Mille Bornes (pronounced "meel
born," French for "milestones") is an auto racing card game
whose object is to be the first to complete a series of 1,000-mile trips -
another favorite from my childhood!
Hands on manipulatives that facilitate the learning of complex
mathematical tasks, while being both fun and challenging. Great for
the visual learner!
Noble Celts Chess in the round...Chess was played on a circular
designed board centuries ago but mostly disappeared during the Dark Ages. Only
in recent years has this form of chess been rediscovered...
Visual dexterity, Cubed. Players puzzle over how to recreate the
patterns on the game cards using their set of 16 cubes. Three fast-paced
rounds of play require different skills each time, quick thinking, lucky
breaks and memory muscle... also
Q-bitz Expansion Pack with 100 new challenges!
'n Multiply and
Roll 'n Divide
Roll the dice and multiply (or divide or subtract or add) the numbers to place chips
on the board, get four-in-a-row (or a triangle or tic-tac-toe) to win. But
watch out for your opponent's chip strategy!
Family Game of Visual Perception (or from
this great card game, or play the
version that changes daily, plus resources for teaching with SET
Master math and logic skills while you roll the dice to help your snail
progress. Watch out for mole holes, dodge flying carrots, and beware of the
strong winds as your snails may lost its shell! Without a shell on its back
your snail goes slower, so use the two dice with a touch of ingenuity to get
a shell back on your snail and get back in the race. And win the famous
Speedy Eddy Trophy!
by Blue Orange Games
Spatial card game that challenges you to be the first to make matches,
or “Swishes”. Swishes are made by layering 2 to 12 cards so that every
ball swishes into a hoop of the same color. The cards can be rotated,
and must be placed on top of each other in the same orientation, and no
ball or hoop can be left unmatched. It's addictively fun!
- Arrange numbered tiles in rows or columns that add up to
multiples of a number shown on the die, in this crossword-style
game. Five variations in one game!
ThinkFun (was Binary Arts) great logic
puzzles and games for all
ages (mostly labeled 8 years and up, but great for gifted kids much
Tables the Fun Way! and
Addition the Fun Way!
by City Creek Press
A fun pictorial method of learning the multiplication
facts, and addition facts...
Add, subtract, multiply, divide, square or cube to get
closest to the Target Number
5x5 hands-on Sudoku puzzles for the younger set...
place the pieces by visual logic clues...
Topple a path from here to there... or
a new twist on classic peg solitaire...
- Rush Hour Card
Set 4 (or from Amazon,
Hour Jr. 40 junior challenges
Railroad Rush Hour
2 exit choices, and blocks that move in two directions!
This Players create identical shapes using different game pieces.
Seemingly simple game is not only loads of fun, but can also be
Spatial card game that challenges you to be the first to make
matches, or “Swishes”. Swishes are made by layering 2 to 12 cards so
that every ball swishes into a hoop of the same color...
seven-piece Tangram puzzle is the world's oldest and most well
known silhouette puzzle, pieces crafted in metal and filled with
vivid blue enamel
Cube Puzzle 4 cubes, 12 puzzles, lots of challenge!
See Smart Toy Companies:
ThinkFun for the whole list!
Toss Up! (ages 8+)
Pocket- or purse-size game of chance in it's own case, great for those
unexpected delays... toss the dice, try to get as many greens as you can...
but don't get stopped by a red! Great addition practice, keeping score
to 100, and risk-taking practice, should you roll, or take the score you
'n Proof learning games and puzzles
focus on developing fundamental reasoning skills and higher-order
problem-solving abilities in logic, mathematics, social studies, scientific
reasoning and experiment, and the logical structure of English language...
by Blue Orange Games
Yamslam starts like Yahtzee, but then changes. And players practice
math skills in the scoring process! Even a fun solitaire version... or
The classic dice game, soon to be 50 years old! Or try the
Deluxe Edition, or Yahtzee
3 Kit, and
Advanced Creator Kits from triangles to DNA strands, the smart building toy...
Great math learning tool, too! Available
lesson plans, model instructions, on-line manual. My kids (and their
parents) love this stuff! Plus literature including lesson plans for K-12,
Kepler's Solid essay and more. Additional Zome kits are available from
website, also a Hoagies' Page affiliate!
learning with Zome Models
Great new book to accompany Zome System, particularly for the advanced Zome
user, studying Geometry and beyond!
February 23, 2014