Posted in Math, Misc. Ramblings

Who Needs a New Math Game….YOU do!

As a child of the 70s and 80s, before the internet and electronics, I grew up playing games.  We’d spend Sunday afternoons at my Grandparents playing card and board games with our cousins.  While I love technology I feel like there are so many important lessons that children miss out on by only playing electronic games.  Not only do they miss out on the social skills you gain by playing games but also children (as well as teenagers) miss out on learning how to strategize, problem solve, and think critically in a fun and engaging way.  So as a teacher and parent I strive to bring games to my children and students.  It’s an important part of learning.

So…I could go on all day about some of the games I have found and fallen in love with over the years but today I want to share with you a brand new game I just received; Boom Goes the Dynamite!  I saw this game on Facebook when they launched their Kickstarter campaign.  I was so intrigued and excited by their game that I actually contributed to their kickstarter campaign and thus received my copy cheaper than what it costs on the shelf and got mine before it is in stores.

Disclaimer…Let me also note that I have not received anything to promote this game – I purchased the game on my own and the opinions here are my own.

So…let me tell you why I love it…

This game is basically a match game on steroids…meaning not only do you match numbers but players use addition and subtract to make cards that they flip over that don’t match….match!  When I saw it I knew it would be great for our early grade students (K-2 and even grade 3).  Now, if you get the game you will discover a couple of x2 and /2 cards in the deck.  You can simply remove those when you only want to add and subtract.  So for grades K-2 I would take those out and then as they learn about multiplication and division, in grade 3, you can put them back in.

Tonight I played the game with my 15 year old and I secretly think he had fun!  Of course it doesn’t help that he beat me!  The game only took us about 8 minutes to play.

Check out the video of how to play!  If you decide you want to purchase be sure to click the link above to purchase from their kickstarter campaign.  You can also like the game Facebook page.