4-Way Countdown Mathematics Game Box

4-Way Countdown Mathematics Game Box

I made this ‘4 (x24) Way Countdown Mathematics Game Box’ for my grandson’s teacher who wanted a more challenging game one than one with the ‘standard) 10×10 ‘keys’.

It is made with all ‘left over’ wood in my garage. Turned out great.

Marc Swadener, Boulder, CO

The rules:

4 (x24) Way Countdown Mathematics Game

Countdown helps children with their basic math skills to see how they can come up with the numbers 1 through 6 (or 24) by rolling 2 to 4 dice.

  • The game starts with all ‘keys’ in the downward position.
  • Taking turns, each of 2-4 players roles the dice to determine which of their numbered key can be raised by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing the numbers on the dice.
  • If double (or triple, or quadruple) 6s are rolled, the player must reset his/her keys back to where they were at the beginning of the game.
  • If a 5 and 6 are rolled, the player may either lift the 1 key — as a result of subtracting 5 from 6 — or choose to have his/her opponent’s keys reset.

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