Today, I received the Sum Swamp board game in the mail from Amazon (current price is $12.50). I debated if I should save it as a Christmas gift or if I should let my dd play it now. I opted for the latter since I have been wanting to see this game for a while now.
This is a very simple board game that is rather quick to play as well. Each player rolls three die (two contain the numerals 1-6 and the other has the + and – signs all over it) and then puts together a number sentence with the highest number first. The player then gets to move the number of spaces that they have calculated from their roll.
There are a few special spaces on the board that have the player wait for an odd or an even number before preceeding. There are also spaces with a number written on it and you roll the +/- dice to see if you will be moving forwards or backwards that amount on your turn.
The box says that a game takes about 10 minutes and this seems to be our average (having only played a handful of games). If your child is working on math facts up to 12, then this could be a fun addition to your math time. And, the concept of odds and evens is also covered.
I think that you could probably even extend the life of this game by allowing players to choose how they would like to set up their number sentences; instead of insisting that the higher number be placed first, you could allow for some negative number answers and strategizing.