In my last post covering Tools for Math Games I promised you another easy and fun math game you can do at home. Plus, Kiddo adores this game and wants to play it all the time. For this one we use poker chips, but you could easily substitute a quantity of buttons, beads, blocks, etc. Even New Kid gets in on the action with this game. Even though he doesn’t understand the entire game, if you can count to 5, you can play.
Goal: to be the first player to reach 125 points.
Pen and paper for each player
Poker Chips: greens are 1 point, reds are 5 points, blacks are 25 points, whites are 125.
How to play:
1. Each play divides a piece of paper into three columns, labeled “green”, “red”, “black.
2. The first player rolls the dice, adds the numbers on each die and takes the corresponding poker chips. For example, if you roll a 3 and a 4 you would take 7 points in poker chips: 2 greens and 1 red and place them in the corresponding columns on your paper.
3. Play continues with the second player, etc.
4. When you have five of any color poker chip you trade them in for a chip of the next highest color. For example, if you have 5 greens you trade up for 1 red, once you have 5 reds you trade it in for 1 black.
5. The first player to obtain a white chip, worth 125 points wins.
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