On your turn, you roll four dice and line them up on the little place value chart in front of you. The dice can be arranged in any order you wish – their order determines how many each dino will move. The 1000th place dino would move six on this turn! I always ask Rose to read the number she has made out loud.
I really love the dino playing pieces. They are so cute and colorful! They are made of a kind of rubbery material and have a nice feel to them.
This is a game of strategy too, since you choose the 4-digit number to make. I had to help Rose with her strategy the first couple of games, showing her how she could put a bigger number in the 10’s spot if that dino was lagging behind, but she caught on quickly. When two dinos end up on the same space they have a showdown, which involves rolling a special green die to see who gets the higher number. A little extra math practice!
There are several options given to make the game easier or harder. To make it easier, you can play with just the ones or the ones and the tens. You can up the challenge by adding in the math problem cards, which ask you to solve addition and subtraction problems. We haven’t tried those yet, but I am sure we will when she is ready.
The only downside I have found to this game is that the board is pretty compact, so if more than two people play it gets crowded. But that doesn’t stop her older brothers from asking to join in. We are still playing Sum Swamp, but Dino Math Tracks is definitely the new favorite math game around here.