Rainbow Math 1, 2 & 3
Rainbow Math is a system of educational games that includes many variations of game play allowing kids of all abilities and math levels to play together. Kids have the opportunity to learn new concepts while mastering old concepts. Rainbow Math is a formula for learning that is fun—the games promote math concepts and skills, problem solving and critical thinking while delivering social interaction. System supports Common Core learning. Note: Rainbow Math games 1-3 were evaluated in this AblePlay report-- Fantabulous Forest (1), Broken Treasure (2) and Pirate Adventure (3).
- Exploring the shapes on the Rainbow Math cubes and matching the spaces on the game board develops the concept of “same and different.”
- Strategic thinking is learned on different levels between the Rainbow Math games especially when collecting rainbow tokens for division remainders.
- Directional concepts are introduced during game play like forwards and backwards or moving across the board from left to right.
- A caregiver can create a math problem and give the solution. Child can create a different math problem, but with the same answer using the cubes.
- When reviewing children’s problems and solutions with the cubes, a caregiver can show other math problems to compare and understand different equations using the same cubes.
- Place all function cubes in the draw string bag and pull out cubes to choose which functions will be used during game play. Do the same with the number cubes.
- Keep paper and pencil handy during game play to write out math problems to find the solutions.
- Each player can chose which cubes they want to use during game play instead of all players using the same functions.
- Moving game pieces, rolling cubes, collecting rainbow chips or gold coins hones hand-eye coordination and refines pincer grasp.
- Fine motor skills are utilized when picking up game pieces.
- Precision reaching/arm extension is practiced when reaching for and moving game pieces around the board.
- Hide the rainbow tokens around the house to find when collecting remainders.
- Caregiver and child can create rules to move game pieces and collect rainbow tokens and gold coins. For example, players can only use non-dominant hand or only use pincer grasp.
- Place board on a magnetic surface like a bulletin board, use sticky magnets on the four corners of the board to secure. Place magnets on the bottom of the game pieces to help keep all parts of game play secure. Another idea would be to use Velcro!
- Place blue sticky tack on the four corners of the board to help secure the board in place during game play.
- Place all rainbow tokens and gold coins on a non-stick mat so they do not slide easily and help when picking up.
- Rainbow Math provides opportunities for choice like length of game play and which cubes to use during game play.
- Self-esteem and confidence in self and math abilities are encouraged as kids get to setup and solve their own math equations.
- Good sportsmanship is promoted as kids win and lose the Rainbow Math games.
- Kids can play with partners during game play to help solve the math problems.
- Rainbow Math can be played on teams to promote strategy and collaboration.
- Instead of collecting gold coins during game play to win the game, use the coins as collateral for help. Player can give their gold coin to a player they want assistance from to help setup and solve the cubes rolled. Count how many coins each player has at the end!
- Play Rainbow Math without the game boards and only use the cubes to create math problems and find solutions to avoid stress from competition of game play.
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Cause & Effect
- Fine Motor
- Hand & Finger Grasp
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Social Interaction
- Problem Solving
- Self Esteem
- Visual Discrimination
- Turn Taking
- Sequential Thought
- Counting/Beginning Math
- Object Recognition & Identification
- Strategic Thinking
- Sorting & Classification
- Language Development
- Memory & Recall
- Visual Processing & Attention
- Number Concepts
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- Age Range:
- Levels of Play:
- Five or More Levels
- Surface Wipe