Children learn and absorb lessons in a variety of different ways. One way to help reinforce the lessons that kids are currently learning is by using fun games. Games offer a unique learning opportunity for students as they present a non-traditional method to learning from the standard visual and audio formats. Games present students with opportunities to adapt what they have already learned and apply it in a new and exciting way.

Educational games offer more learning opportunities than the subject of the game itself. As children are enhancing their math or language skills they also are developing crucial problem solving and communication skills.

Here are some of our favourite games that enhance classroom learning.

Math Squared

Math Squared is a simple game to play that helps children learn their addition and multiplication facts. Players roll the dice and then find where the two numbers meet on the board. The player then places their pawn on the number and then places their pawn. Once a player has 3 pawns on adjoining squares, THEY WIN!

Playing on the addition side will help teach addition facts up to 18 (9+9). Playing on the multiplication side teaches the times table up to 12. Beginners play with the basic instructions while more advanced players can choose to use any of the different game variations. 

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Shut the Box

Shut the Box is a dice game for two or more players. A player roll the dice to shut any combination of open number tiles that equal the total sum of the dice. The player then rolls the dice again, aiming to shut more numbers. The play continues until the player cannot shut any more numbers. Then it is the next players turn. If a player closes all of the numbers, they are said to have "Shut the Box" and the player wins immediately.

During the game, each player plays in turn. A player begins his or her turn by throwing or rolling the die or dice into the box. If 7, 8 or 9 is still open, the player must roll both dice. Otherwise, the player may choose to roll one die or both dice.
The player continues throwing the dice and shutting numbers until reaching a point at which, given the results produced by the dice, the player cannot shut any more numbers. After every player has taken a turn, the player with the lowest score wins.

If a player succeeds in closing all of the numbers, he or she is said to have "Shut the Box" – the player wins immediately, and the game is over.

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POP for Sight Words

 POP for Sight Words helps to improve fluency as children pick word cards from the popcorn box and keep all the words they can read correctly. POP for Sight Words engages children with colorful popcorn graphics and a competitive game play environment. This exciting game Includes 100 die-cut popcorn cards, 92 sight words and 8 POP cards that put all your word cards back into the carton.

POP for Sight words comes in multiple difficulty levels and supports a variety of early literacy activities.

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Rory's Story Cubes

Rory's Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator that provides hours of imaginative play for all ages. With Rory's Story Cubes, anyone can become a great storyteller and there are no wrong answers. Simply roll the cubes and let the pictures spark your imagination! 

Build on your Story Cubes experience with a wide range of starter sets and expansion packs. These inspiring cubes are a great way to enhance imagination and creative writing skills for kids ages 8 and up.

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