Wooden gameboard has 4 sets of Number Keys around the edges. Each set has numbers 1 through 10.
The gameboard (gamebox?), lid, two dice, and instructions are included.
The goal is for a player to get all their Number Keys pulled up. The first to do so wins.
The game starts will all Number Keys laying down. A player rolls the dice, using the two numbers to create a new number that they can use to pull up one of their Number Keys. The numbers can be added, subtracted, multiplied, or divided together to get a new number.
For instance, let’s say that the numbers 2 and 4 are rolled. That player could then choose to do one of the following:
Addition: 2 + 4 = 6, so the player can pull up their 6 Key.
Subtraction: 4 – 2 = 2, so the player can pull up their 2 Key.
Multiplication: 2 X 4 = 8, so the player can pull up their 8 Key.
Division: 4 / 2 = 2, so the player could pull up their 2 Key.
If the numbers cannot be used to create any numbers still showing for that player, they just skip that turn and pass the dice to the next player.
The numbers are listed as 1 through 10, so there is a bit of a limitation on how the numbers can be used. Two sets of keys can be changed with a marker to included numbers 11 through 20, if need be.
It can be played competitively with 2 to 4 players, or solo as a way to practice number recognition.
Unexpected to us, children who often have a hard time paying attention seem to really enjoy this game. Because the child has to think of multiple possible ways to use the numbers, they are actively thinking rather than just having a number told to them, making them active participants. Many users have reported being surprised at how well some children take to this game, and of course, being very pleased with the number practice it provides.
This is best for children just being introduced to their numbers and basic math skills. The challenge comes from number recognition and basic math skills. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 may be best suited to it.
As we mentioned above in Play, the numbers only go from 1 to 10, so there is some limitation on how the numbers rolled can be manipulated. Of course, part of the game is learning what equations result in what numbers, so knowing the boundaries and limits is also educational.
We’ve had occasional reports of dice arriving with the holes not fully painted, or the paint being misaligned, as well as some dice arriving with chipped or cracked corners. This seems to happen very rarely.
The wooden gameboard feels quite light, which can give some users the impression that it is low quality. It does not seem to bother children as they are playing, though. There is a lid that slides into groves in the box, making for easy storage.
Wipe down with a damp cloth.
For more information on how to clean wooden toys, see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.
Parts and Pieces
Everything needed is included in the box.
This is really only meant for children just being introduced to basis arithmetic. Additionally, only having Keys numbered 1 through 10 can be limiting, so changing the numbers to read 11 through 20 may be desired.