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Fall 2004 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: ThinkFun Inc.
Price: $5.00
Play mental math with two 12-sided dice and three 6-sided dice. To start, one player rolls the two 12-sided dice. Multiplying these two numbers together establishes a "target number." Another player then rolls the three 6-sided dice to establish "scoring numbers," which each player will combine (by adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing) in the most creative way to match, or come closest to, the target number.

Variations make the game playable for all ages. Young ones can add (rather than multiply) the numbers on the 12-sided dice to keep the target number smaller. Those with more advanced math skills can use powers and roots in addition to the simpler functions. Accompanying booklet includes eight tables of solutions that will amaze and inspire math lovers. The website includes resources for classroom teachers and home schoolers.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2004 Parents' Choice

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