My kids have been playing an extraordinary amount of Monopoly lately. It wasn't so long ago that we pulled it from the shelf of games reserved for "grown ups". Dan and I have a shelf of games from when we were first married with no kids. Monopoly was there along with Scrabble, Clue, Pente, and Master Detective. These were the games I brought with me from home when we got married. We didn't play them much aside from Scrabble. Then there are our group type games like Pictionary (Ok those were mine too) and Trivial Pursuit stuff like that. Now they are old enough to start enjoying those older "kid" games and we pull them off and introduce them now and then.
Our kids love Monopoly, Jr. We have a dinosaur version, but one day we thought you know...they are ready for the real deal and we pulled out the Monopoly game. This one was mine when I was their age so it's the a 1980s version of the game. Nothing fancy...you would not believe the versions you can get now.
They play this so often that if they are left idle for more than a few minutes, someone suggests playing a game. Did you know that you can auction off properties if someone lands on them and doesn't want to buy it? This gets the properties sold really quickly allowing you to get down to real estate business. R9 is a formidable foe. Girl can play the Monopoly! The game pictured above was begun before church this morning and is still there waiting.
I think we can all agree that Monopoly is a great way to practice math skills. But which ones exactly? Well, I decided to put our older kids to work to give me the list. We did a math journal entry on Monopoly Math.
E11's listWhat sorts of math skills do avid players use?
- addition and subtraction- check the list for specifically when and how these skills are used
- multiplication and division- used in a few ways. Check the list
- using percents- when calculating the interest owed on un-mortgaging property
Do your kids play Monopoly? What is a game your kids play often?