"The 54 very attractive cards show the numbers 2 to 12 in a variety of ways and colours"
"The 54 very attractive cards show the numbers 2 to 12 in a variety of ways and colours"

Number Rumbler, a new family game from Maths on Toast

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Kids in Museums’ volunteer Maggie Monteath tried out the fun new card game ‘Number Rumbler’ with her grandchildren, aged four and seven, over half term.

This game really appealed to all the family – my husband was as keen to try it out as the boys. The 54 very attractive cards show the numbers 2 to 12 in a variety of ways and colours as you’ll see in the photo. One of the boys isn’t quite five so we thought we’d start by sorting the cards into piles that represented the same number. This was great fun as they were able to play at their own level. We all loved the one with ‘6 or 9? You choose!’ on it.

Then we had a go at playing ‘Rumbled’, one of the suggested games – it’s a bit like ‘Snap’. This didn’t work so well – the adults were happy to hold back and let the boys have a chance to work out if the cards matched but an excited seven-year-old certainly wasn’t going to be that kind to his little brother!

So we changed to trying the more leisurely ‘Memory’ (put the cards face down and take turns to find pairs showing the same number), but this time with just half the cards. Both boys are always so much better at remembering where particular cards are than I am when we play this kind of game so this worked much better, even if Grannie’s brain did start ‘feeling fizzy’ as promised on the box.

The boys’ mum is currently a primary school teaching assistant working with less able children. She could instantly see what a great resource this game could be in the classroom and was straight onto the website to find out more about Maths on Toast. We also really liked the idea that this game is Crowdfunded.

The boys will be back with us over Easter and I’m sure we’ll be carrying on playing Number Rumbler! and inventing lots of new games. It’s certainly a fun way to improve your sense of number.

If you’d like more information, buy your own Number Rumbler! (£7 plus p&p) or even become one of their Crowdfunders go to www.mathsontoast.org.uk.

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