If you want your children or students practice equations and operations, you might want to try Equate: The Equation Thinking Game. Equate is a math board game that works like Scrabble. In Equate, instead of forming words, you can form equations. Younger children can choose an easy game which only consists of addition and subtraction, while older children can include multiplication and subtraction. Even more challenging is to include fractions!
Just like Scrabble, you can have double or triple scores in Equate. This can make players think of equations that yields a larger answers, while practicing their arithmetic.
Equate can be played 2-4 players ages 8 years old and above.
Although this game is challenging, it could also take a while to finish one game. Games which include fraction is expected to last up to 120 minutes.
Last year, I shared Primo, a game that is aimed to develop the notion of prime numbers among players. In this post, I am going to share with you another interesting game called Three Sticks which aims to develop knowledge of basic geometric shapes. In this game, using the same three types of sticks, players try to figure out different shapes and score points. In each turn, a player is allowed to put two sticks in order to form shapes with the largest number of points. Watch the video below to know more about the details on how the game is played.
Some of the mathematical concepts that can be learned by playing Three sticks are
- polygons and their properties
- how to calculate perimeter of polygons
- convex and non-convex polygons
- regular and irregular polygons
The printable board, cards, sticks, and Rules book can be found here. Three Sticks is currently on trial, so even the sticks are also printable. According to the designer, the actual set will include plastic sticks and a board with holes into which the sticks would fit,
Three Sticks was developed by Pramod Ponnaluri of Kitki.in.
The Monty Hall Problem is one of the famous puzzles that is not very easy to understand. When Marilyn vos Savant (listed as Highest IQ by Guiness) posted this question in “Ask Marilyn” of Parade magazine, 10,000 readers including 1000 PhD holders wrote to the magazine asserting that Marilyn was wrong despite explanations and mathematical calculations shown. The Monty Hall problem is shown below.
The Monty Hall Problem
Suppose you’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say No. 1, and the host, who knows what’s behind the doors, opens another door, say No. 3, which has a goat. He then says to you, “Do you want to pick door No. 2?” Is it to your advantage to switch your choice? » Read more