I originally went to the Learning Resources website to look at the cash register for my 3 year old granddaugter and saw the Math Mat Challenge Game. After reading the reviews, I ended up buying not only the cash register but 2 of the Math Mats for grandsons. One grandson is 6 and in Kindergarten and the other is 4 1/2 and in preschool. The boys are cousins and opened the gifts at different Christmas gatherings, but their reactions were similar. Once they were told what kind of game it was and what was involved, they wanted to play it immediately. Both love games, math and jumping, so it was a natural! Even with the difference in ages, the Math Mat was fun for each of them due to the different games and levels of play. Each grandson was able to play it by himself but it was also fun for older siblings and adults to play with them if they needed help. I like that they are learning and improving their math skills but having fun and being active at the same time.
I play the Canadian version with my daughter and I think the coins and bills look very realistic. She is in grade 2 and is a slow learner. So this game really helps. I let her play the banker and she has to figure out how to make up the amount of money. She really thinks hard about it to figure it out and is very proud of herself when she gets it correct. The only thing I don't totally understand is how do you get a bill? I assume it's when you land on the bank exchange. Anyways... we love playing the game.
I am a retired elementary school teacher who plays this game with my 5 year old grandsons. They can now identify coins, count money and make exchanges. Many of my 2nd grade students were just learning to do this....and they've learned while have fun! I would highly recommend this game!
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