Academics' Choice Award™ Winner
Prime ClimbAges: 10 and up
By Math for Love
Prime Climb is a beautiful, colorful, mathematical game. Roll the dice and use the colors to add, subtract, multiply and divide your way to the center of the board, picking up Prime cards and bumping your opponents back to start as you go; the first to land both pawns on 101 wins the game!
We liked that the kids were actively engaged in problem solving and using mathematics to move forward in the game. It is a great way to develop mathematical processing in a meaningful way. My daughter liked that you work toward your goal by multiplying toward really high numbers (the board goes up to 101).
As a homeschooling mom, I am always looking for ways to incorporate learning though games. Prime Climb is an excellent way to teach about prime numbers, factors, common multiples, and that math is fun! The kids practiced multiplication, division, addition, subtraction skills, while using logic to determine the best combination of moves. In addition to analyzing their own options, they would evaluate each other's rolls and options to see what options the other player had and if it would affect them. The multiplication chart was a great bonus and it was awesome to see their eyes light up when they "got it" and the color markings all clicked. Even my younger boys who haven't learned multiplication yet were able to play with the help from the color coding. The prime cards were great bonuses for landing on primes and they started memorizing the higher primes quickly.
I loved how Prime Climb engaged my math loving kids and my kids who tolerate math. It was engaging and challenging enough that no one was bored, but easy enough to understand that no one was frustrated. It was the perfect balance. It was fun watching the kids puzzle out every different option to decide where to move and listen to them talk through their choices. I liked how they figured out the math on other people's rolls and usually helped if the other person needed it--or gave away accidentally that they could be bumped back to start. My kids said Prime Climb is like advanced Sorry with the flexibility of UNO to add rules. The blank Prime Climb cards were great to get them brainstorming options to add. Instead of writing something on those cards, they decided to number them 1 through 4 and at the beginning of each game they write out a rule for each number.
What a wonderful game! The first time we pulled it out of the box my math tolerating kids didn't want to play, but after watching the first game, they were begging for us to do another round with them. There was enough chance that the "math brains" didn't win automatically which is often rare in math games. With the color coded board even my younger boys who haven't learned multiplication were able to play with only a little help. My "math geek" son was laughing so hard during one group game that he had tears running down his face as he suggested combinations to people that would make them bump themselves back to start. He's also played it solitaire style, created several different options for the blank bonus cards, and tried most of the additional versions listed in the instructions. I love all the different options and combinations! Bonus: This is one homeschool game that is enjoyed by my husband and I after the kids are asleep as a date night activity.
I enjoyed the unique concept behind this math game. Students must use basic math skills combined with a bit of logic and luck to be the winner of this game!
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