Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
I have always been amused of how fast my dad can do math in his head. Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit that gene from him. Math Sprint – The Mental Math Game is a great way to practice those mental math skills, and a fantastic game for all ages! I incorporate games as often as I can in our homeschool, especially educational games that are competitive for my teens. Math Sprint boosts mental math practice, aids in logic and reasoning skills, and provides good ol’ fashioned family time.
How to play Math Sprint
Game play is easy with a few added elements to keep things interesting. Math Sprint is designed for 2-8 players (or teams of players for a larger group) for ages 7 and up. The object of the game is to be first to pass the finish line. Players choose a colored running piece. The runners even have names in the instructions for an extra little element of fun. You then decide the distance of the race (100m, 200m, or 400m) on the game board depending on how long you would like to play. If playing with varying ages, you could also have younger children begin at the shorter distance while the more advanced players begin at one of the further distances. The games takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes to play. Time varies depending on the starting distance, and of course how fast they can answer the math questions.
Cards & Coaching
Math Sprint comes with four different types of cards: addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, wild cards, and challenge cards. Blank cards are also included with a dry erase marker for you to create your own problems. You can choose to only do one type, or mix them depending on skill level. Players can take turns being the “coach”, or one person can coach the entire game. The coach draws a card, then reads it aloud. Most cards contain two problems, so only choose one at the time. The answer is printed on the card in small print, so the coach needs to be sure to cover it with their finger. The coach can choose two players to race, or everyone can take part. The first player to shout out the correct answer gets to advance.
Not only are there over 200 math cards, there are challenge cards that help players move up or back spaces during the game. Several “coach tip” cards are included and are to be read aloud to help players learn general tips to use in math class. The game board also has opportunities to get up and do a quick exercise such as jumping jacks, hops, or arm circles. My big kids were not keen on doing those, but I know the younger crowd enjoys getting up and moving around.
My daughter and I had a good laugh over this particular card! Word problems can spring conversation and laughter.
What we thought of Math Sprint
Even though my teens are on the higher age range for this type of game, we enjoyed it! Anytime you can sneak in math drills and make it fun is a win for me! As with the first product from Byron’s Games I reviewed, Continent Race, the quality and fun factor are tops. The colorful board, its components, the versatility, and even the little rubber bands that are included are nice touches of a high quality game. To me, the fact that it’s created by a kid for kids is pretty awesome too! I’m looking forward with whatever he comes up with next! Several from my Review Crew team also had a chance to play. Be sure to check out their reviews by clicking on the banner below!