MATH GAMES FOR ADULT AND CHILDFORWARDBACKWARD TOPIC and LEVEL: Counting: Beginning; Order: Beginning, Intermediate PLAY AFTER: HOW MANY WOULD YOU LIKE?, COUNTING TILL YOU GET THERE PLAY WITH: HOW MANY WOULD YOU LIKE?, COUNTING TILL YOU GET THERE, COUNTING BACKWARDS, THE HUNDREDS BOARD EQUIPMENT: Spinner, board with numbers 1 through 10 TO WIN: Be the first player to cross home. TO PLAY: Spin spinner and move accordingly. ADVANCED PLAY:
FORWARD illustrates some of the ideas discussed in WHAT DO YOU GIVE TO THE CHILD WHO HAS EVERYTHING, namely, make the game simple, keep numbers sequential, illustrate the board, and consider involving the child in the construction of the game. The goal in any level of play is to be the player to first move the playing piece from start to home. With the youngest child, use a board with spaces numbered 1 through 10. Use a die or a spinner with the numbers 1, 2, 3 equally spaced on the spinner or with 1, 1, 2, and 3 equally spaced on the spinner. If a player spins more than the number needed to reach home, let her go through home and win. When playing this or any other board game with a very young child, the adult must do almost all, if not all, the work. A child does learn by observing so the effort is well spent. Have the child complete any form of play as soon as possible. A slightly more sophisticated game is made by increasing the spaces from 10 to 20 or by demanding a player spin exactly the number needed to reach home. If the length of the board is increased to more than twenty, the random number generator, spinner, or die should also generate larger numbers. Boobytraps should be introduced in order for the board not to become boring. The board which follows shows boobytraps and demands moves generated by tossing three coins and counting the number of heads. FORWARDBACKWARD introduces backward movement and makes the game more exciting. To play use a coin and any spinner. Flip the coin, then spin the spinner.

© 2010, A² mathnstuff.com/math/games/mg23.htm 