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I love anything that makes learning so much fun that the kids don’t even realize they are learning. And games seem to be the sure-fire way to do that around here!
I told you before about my love for the Bananagrams, a game that reinforces spelling, reading and phonics skills.
If I love Bananagrams, then I absolutely adore Clumsy Thief! This fast paced game is to math what Bananagrams is to spelling!
Clumsy Thief is just what we needed to round out our game closet.
How to Play:
The goal is to beat your opponents by using your quick thinking math skills. Add the numbers as fast as possible and steal your opponents’ stack of cards.
Use the thief card to steal from other players, the jail card to lock in your stack and the number cards to grab money from your opponents.
Each card needs to be paired with another card that will make the sums total 100. There are 15, 20, 25, 30, 50, 70, 75, 80 and 85 cards. Your job is to identify which cards you can play on to add up to 100.
- The game is quick and simple. You can play a round in under 15 minutes but expect the kids to beg for more!
They really do like it.
- It teaches kids to add values that equal 100. Some of the numbers are easier (50, 80, etc.) and some are harder (45, 85) but it won’t take long for them to learn their facts.
- The game is affordable. At only $14.99, it’s the perfect addition to your stack of educational games. It’s even cheap enough to keep in your gift-stash for those last minute birthday parties.
- The kids love it. I know i sound like a broken record, but they just can’t get enough!
- The only downside to this game is that my kids get confused by the Jail Card. The rules state you have to use a Thief Card and a Jail Card to make the stack “dead.” My kids never seem to remember that. It’s not a huge issue at all, as we just adapt the rules to make them easier for us.
- Younger kids may struggle with some of the “harder” facts at first but they will figure it out quickly.
The girls love the game. I love the educational aspect and it is fun for the whole family.