Ages: 9 and upManufacturer: RIVAL 5 Game LLC

Rival 5 is a math-based, bingo-style game in which players gain spots on the board by creating math problems. It comes with a heavy-duty game board, three nine-sided die, and enough bingo chips for up to six players. Although the instructions are written clearly and concisely, they are much more easily understood once game play has begun. The first player rolls the three die and must create a math problem with the numbers shown. For example, if the player rolls 4, 4, and 7, he/she may place a chip on the spot labeled 15 by creating the addition sentence 4+4+7; or, he/she may choose 23 with the problem 4×4+7. The challenge comes in creating rows of five, because players must look at the numbers thrown and determine how to manipulate them to get the spots they need to win.

This challenging game works well not only for practicing math facts but also for problem-solving, strategy, and patience. And, because players can combine the numbers in any way they choose, the game grows with children as their skills increase. Our younger testers used primarily addition and some subtraction, while our older ones frequently combined multiple operations. Additionally, the game is never the same twice, so it has excellent long-term play and learning values.

Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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