Let's do it
Stuck in the Mud
Lets find all of the things you love!
Find something you love the smell of
Something that smells good
like to wear
Something that is my favorite color
Something that makes a
sound I like
like to hold
Something that I'm thankful for
Something I like the feel of
Something that makes me laugh
Something I like
to look at
Something that tastes good
use a lot
Something that keeps me warm
like to share
The object of this game is to be the first to travel from start to finish.
Full deck of cards
Game pieces for each player
How to Play:
Players then take turns rolling and moving around the game board.
Ace = 1, Jack = 11, Queen = 12 and King = 13.
To begin, build a spiral out of the entire deck of cards, as shown in the picture to the right. This will serve as your game board. You can use the same board for multiple games, or create a new board each time to change it up.
Each player then places their game piece at start (the center of the spiral).
To start, the first player rolls a die and moves that number of cards on the game board. They must then multiply the number on their die with the value of the card they landed on. If they solve it correctly, they stay there, otherwise they go back to their previous position.
If a player lands on a card with another player on it, they “bump” that player back to start.
If a player lands on a “double,” meaning the number on their die and the value of their card is the same, they get to go again.
The first player to land exactly on the last card and correctly solve the multiplication problem wins!
Variations to the Game:
Because this creates such a unique game board that is different every time, there are countless possibilities. You can change the rules to practice all sorts of math concepts, depending on the age and ability of your kids.
For younger kids, you could change the operation to addition or subtraction (or even just practice number recognition by removing all face cards).
Or, if you’d like to focus on multiplying by 10, change the value of all face cards to equal ten.
To practice integer operations, make the black cards positive values and the red cards negative values, then add, subtract or multiply.
Lets play spiral!
Don't get Stuck in the Mud!
Paper and pencil
How to Play:
The aim of the game is to achieve the highest score. You can only score on a roll which does not include the numbers 2 and 5. Any dice which show a 2 or a 5 become Stuck in the Mud!
Choose a player to start. At the beginning of each players turn, they will roll all 5 dice. If any of the dice turn up either the numbers 2 or 5, they are to be set aside, and are no longer in play. The player records no points for this throw and shall re-roll the remaining dice. If the roll produces neither a 2 or a 5, the numbers on the dice are added together and tracked on the scoreboard.
The player will continue the same process until all 5 dice show a 2 or a 5. The player will then be considered ‘Stuck in the mud’. All points from the player's turn are added together and tracked on the scoreboard. Play continues to the next player.
Agree a number of rounds (five works well) and total up the score. You can use the score charts provided. Don't be surprised at how much the score can vary and just how tricky the dice can be!