We try to play lots of games — and this one is worth a mention because it involves addition, subtraction and simple multiplication.  It’s called Mmm Brains — so it also had great appeal to LD in particular!

There’s a large selection of brains.  Red brains are each 5 points.  White brains are 1 point.

There are 5 dice — with the numbers 1 through 5 in different colors (yellow, red, green, black and blue) and also a picture of a brain on each die.

The object is to try to get as many of the same color numbers as possible. You get to throw the dice three times keeping whichever dice you want to collect. You add the numbers together and that how many brain-points you get that round. (DD had 9 points in the picture to the left.)

It’s also to your advantage to save the dice with brains on them, for if you have three black numbers (as DD does in the picture), plus two brains — you get to multiply the sum by 2. So for example, if her yellow and blue 3s had instead been pictures of brains she would have had 18 points.

That’s just the first part of the game (you do 3 or 4 rounds of this). The second part involves trying to subtract brains from your opponents pile.

Anyway, the kids and I had fun with it and anything that makes math exciting and practical (well sort of, right??) is a bonus!