Numenko Review Math Game

If You can Play Scrabble, You Can Play Numenko!
I had the awesome opportunity to try out Numenko – a highly educational math game that even the youngest counter can play! Geared for ages 9+, the game is similar to Scrabble, but with a few twists and change of rules- it uses numbers instead! Included in the game is the board itself, directions, a bag of tiles as well as a nice black bag to hold the pieces in, and four wood tile rows.

In addition to the number tiles in Numenko, there is a piece called a “Multichoice” tile. Simply it is the ‘wild card’ piece of the game- and can be used to add, subtract, multiply, divide, or equal depending on what you need to it to be. Use it to form an equation, and the answer of that equation is how many points you earn for your score! If you look at my picture below the very top math problem is 4 (multichoice) 3 (multichoice) 12. So you can see that I used the equation 4 x 3 = 12 as my answer, and I thus received 12 points.

Below you can see a closer view of the tiles played. The difference with Numenko is that the numbers can change depending on the players move. So my “12” answer for MY turn was able to be used as just the 2 in the next player’s turn. The next play was 2-1=1, and that answer 1 was then used to make the number 19 for the next player. The number played is consistent for your turn only!

This makes it simple for children to understand and an easier strategy for them to play with their tiles are low. When I was first contact about Numenko I was on pins and needles waiting for it to come in the mail! I love Scrabble and immediately knew Numenko would be a huge hit! This is the perfect game to have in your classroom- elementary age on up! I love that your elementary child can play with an adult- and both still be challenged! It really widens the age span and ability for the players involved.
Right now Numenko can only be purchased on Amazon. Below I’ve also included a video of the instructions for Numenko so that you can see in great explanation how the game is played.

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  1. The way you score points is to make a calculation that gives you a high number because that number turns into your score!

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  2. I learned The way you score points is to make a calculation that gives you a high number because that number turns into your score!

  3. I learned that there is two versions of this game. The bag game (which allows for up to six players) and the board game (which allows four)

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  10. I learned that all the operators can be used in the game–well all the common ones anyway. I also thought it was cool that kids could play on equal terms with adults.
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  11. I learned that there is two versions of this game. The bag game (which allows for up to six players) and the board game (which allows four). I'm a math teacher and this looks very cool!

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  12. I learned that Numenko is used in Special Educational Needs. I would love to have it.

  13. i learned that this game helps math skills for children of all ages
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  14. There are 2 Freechoices in the board game and 8 in the bag version.

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