Practice Math Facts the Fun Way: ‘Math Dice Chase’

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As an unexpected homeschooler, I am constantly on the hunt for fun and educational games… especially when it comes to math.

Growing up, I always did well in math but I never felt confident in the subject. Because of this, I am determined to keep math fun over here.

I don’t know about you guys, but I always hated speed drills. And math worksheets. And flashcards. But I try to avoid those things in our homeschool. Instead, I try to incorporate play and games and books and hands-on learning opportunities.

Recently, I discovered a fantastically fun way to practice those mental math skills. It’s called Math Dice Chase and is created by the fine folks over at ThinkFun.

Practice Math Facts the Fun Way: Math Dice Chase

Our family received ThinkFun’s new Math Dice Chase at no cost in exchange for a review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only choose to review products that I would use with my own family and our family loves ThinkFun.

Do you remember the game Wonder Ball from when you were a kid?

The Wonder Ball… Goes round and round… To catch it quickly you are bound… If you’re the one… To hold it last…This game for you, has surely passed. And you are … O… U… T… Out!

ThinkFun’s Math Dice Chase is kind of like Wonder Ball or Hot Potato. And my kids love it!

 

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The game is designed for ages 8 and up and is ideal for 4-6 players.

To play, players sit in a circle. One player starts with the two 12-sided purple dice while another player uses the two 12-sided blue dice. When everyone is ready, both players roll their dice, multiply the numbers rolled, and call out their answer. Then, they quickly pass the dice to the player next to them.

The trick is to multiply quickly because if you are caught with both pairs at the same time you are O-U-T!

When we play this in our home, I modify it for my two little ones. The adults and 8-year-old multiply while the little two add and it works out perfectly.

The result? Raucous giggling and a flurry of mathematics–the best kind of learning!

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 ThinkFun’s Math Dice Chase is the perfect game for:

What this homeschooling mom loves about ThinkFun Math Dice Chase:

  • The game is easy to learn, yet offers a fun challenge
  • My children are practicing mental math skills and they hardly realize it
  • I’ve seen an improvement in math skills already
  • The game comes in a little pouch, so it is perfect for travel, waiting rooms, restaurants, and beyond
  • It is affordable

ThinkFun’s Math Dice Chase is available for just $6.99. The school year is coming to a close and this would be the perfect game to help keep your children’s math skills sharp this summer. Practice those math skills at the kitchen table, by the pool, or on vacation! I hope you love it as much as we do!

Tell me: What is your family’s favorite way to work on those mental math skills? Share here!

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Cait is a school psychologist, mom to three amazing children, and an unexpected homeschooler. She loves nature, good books, board games, strong coffee, and dancing in her kitchen. You can read about all of these things and more at My Little Poppies. Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast. She is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and G+.