Games

“I love the games because even though I struggle in math, I feel like I’m just as smart as everyone else. I can learn more when we play.”

Games offer a break from grades, tests, and worksheets. The best games offer tricky challenges and a level playing field, allowing students to learn more deeply and develop a social bond around mathematics. Available for delivery and in multiple free formats, MathMINDs' games strengthen mathematical understanding and build a positive math culture.

Inspired by three African countries - Ghana, Mozambique, Madagascar.

1st and up
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Achi

Follow a magical gold weight from Ghana as you enjoy twists on the beloved game Tic-Tac-Toe. The game pieces are designed after actual gold weights found in the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

2nd and up
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Gulugufe

In Mozambique, gulugufe means butterfly. You are a team of caterpillars in an all-out attack to own the branches (the game board). Use positive and negative to attack using both sides of the branches.

Standalone purchase option coming soon.

2nd and up
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Fanorona

Play Madagascar's national board game as its national animal - the lemur.  You are a team of wobbly lemurs knocking each other over like dominoes. Use lemur ages to knock over more strategically. 

Standalone purchase option coming soon.

 

Inspired by an ancient story from China.

1st and up
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Turtle Sums

Featuring a magical turtle Lo Shu (known today as a magic square) fill in turtle shells just right to make dozens of turtles happy.

Inspired by shepherds from the African country Lesotho.

PreK - 1st
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Kraal Animals I

Featuring animals from Lesotho, simulate a game of hide and seek with cards. Can you remember the animals as well as cows do?

PreK - 1st
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Kraal Animals II

Continue Kraal Animals with cards that increase the challenge, looking more alike than before.  Can you tell how they differ mathematically?

PreK - 1st
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Scary Feet

Learn about one of the scariest predators of all time; K-Brok.  Related to the T-Rex, K-Brok ends up not being scary at all using "I Love You" as a way to teach finger counting.

K - 1st
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Kraal Cows I

You are cows trying to grow your herd.  Play with all cards face up and try to uncover the sneaky swap made by the other player.

Kraal Cows is based on a traditional memory game played by herders in Lesotho called Dithwai.

K - 1st
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Kraal Cows II

Level up in the game with cows being extra sneaky - dressing up as zebras and giraffes. How large can you grow your herd now?

K - 1st
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Disappearing Moon

Learn about the oldest known mathematical artifact based on an actual story told by the first mathematicians - the Kalahari People of southern Africa.

Storybooks are digital only

Story-Free Games

Inspired by Tanzania, Johannes Kepler, and our friend JiJi.

1st and up
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JiJi Bingo

Roll the dice and find the number on your board.  Fill any row, column, or diagonal and win! If you roll a JiJi, strategically choose your own operation.

2nd and up
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Cannonball

Use both color and geometry to solve puzzles that were a part of the Editor's Choice Award at the 2018 United States Science and Engineering Festival in DC.   

Learn more about the inspiration for this game - the Cannonball Problem that took 400 years to solve.

Purchase option coming soon. Currently accessible digitally.

MathMINDs Promotes Math Learning at Home

Family interactions make an important difference in education. Unfortunately, family engagement with math is all too rare.

With the support of the Brady Education Foundation, we conducted a four-week family study using our South of the Sahara game box.

On average, families voluntarily played at home for more than 9 hours (16 times) and saw a significant improvement in growth mindset!

Learn More

Third Party Validation

MathMINDs earned the prestigious Academic's Choice Brain Toy Award in 2018 for the South of the Sahara 3-game collection!

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Alternative Access

We offer several ways to access the games and storybooks for free - including, printable, digital, and mobile access. If you prefer to have physical games delivered to you, visit our online catalog.

Storybook Printable Play Online
Achi

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Game Boards

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Cannonball

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Game Assets

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Web | Mobile (4 levels)

Fanorona

READ

English | Español

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Web | Mobile (2 levels, 2 setups each)

Gulugufe

READ

English | Español

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Web | Mobile (2 levels, 2 setups each)

JiJi Bingo

See game card above.

DOWNLOAD

Bingo Boards

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Web | Mobile

Kraal Animals I

READ

English | Español

DOWNLOAD

English | Español

SELECT
English | Español | Mobile

Kraal Animals II

READ

English | Español

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Game Cards

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Kraal Cows I

READ

English | Español

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Game Cards

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Kraal Cows II

READ

English | Español

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Game Cards

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Turtle Sums

READ

English | Español

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Game Puzzles

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Web | Mobile (5 Levels)

Turtle Sums (Extended)

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Game Puzzles

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Web | Mobile (3 Levels)

Achi
Storybook

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English | Español

Printable

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Game Boards

Play Online

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Web | Mobile (6 levels)

Cannonball
Storybook

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Printable

DOWNLOAD

Game Assets

Play Online

SELECT

Web | Mobile (4 levels)

Fanorona
Storybook

READ

English | Español

Printable

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Play Online

SELECT

Web | Mobile (2 levels, 2 setups each)

Gulugufe
Storybook

READ

English | Español

Printable

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Play Online

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Web | Mobile (2 levels, 2 setups each)

JiJi Bingo
Storybook

See game card above.

Printable

DOWNLOAD

Bingo Boards

Play Online

SELECT

Web | Mobile

Kraal Animals I
Storybook

READ

English | Español

Printable

DOWNLOAD

English | Español

Play Online

SELECT
English | Español | Mobile

Kraal Animals II
Storybook

READ

English | Español

Printable

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Game Cards

Play Online

SELECT

Web | Mobile

Kraal Cows I
Storybook

READ

English | Español

Printable

DOWNLOAD

Game Cards

Play Online

SELECT

Web | Mobile

Kraal Cows II
Storybook

READ

English | Español

Printable

DOWNLOAD

Game Cards

Play Online

SELECT

Web | Mobile

Turtle Sums
Storybook

READ

English | Español

Printable

DOWNLOAD

Game Puzzles

Play Online

SELECT

Web | Mobile (5 Levels)

Turtle Sums (Extended)
Storybook

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Printable

DOWNLOAD

Game Puzzles

Play Online

SELECT

Web | Mobile (3 Levels)

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