# Math Quads – A Fun Strategic Multiplication Game

Math Quads has been our FAVOURITE multiplication game for months now! Seriously, it has!

We often start the day with a quick game while we’re eating breakfast.

For a game to be requested so many times by our boys, it must be enjoyable! Yes, that’s right ... they ask to play it!

What a fantastic way to reinforce and strengthen multiplication skills while having fun!

These are the skills Math Quads utilizes (just to name a few):

## The Objective of Math Quads

... is to line up four counters (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) to form a QUAD. The person with the most ‘quads’ at the end of the game is declared the winner.

## Materials Required for Math Quads

The materials are easy to resource and include:

• the printed game board. There are 12 game board available – one for each of the times tables from x1 through to x12
• two dice
• 40 markers/beads per player (use one colour for each player)
• PLUS 30 special quad markers (use a different colour from the players’ markers).

We purchased bags of glass beads from a discount store but any coloured counters or markers would work fine.

## How to Play Math Quads

First decide which times table to focus on and select the appropriate game board. (For this example, we’re using the seven times table.)

Players take turns.

During a player’s turn, he/she must:

• roll the two dice
• add the numbers on the dice together
• multiply the sum of the dice by the game number (i.e., the times table you’re using – in this case x7)
• and locate the resulting number on the game board (in this example, '70') and put a marker on it.

Once a player has placed a marker on the board, his/her turn is complete and the next player takes a turn.

The key is to work in one area of the game board, if possible, when placing the markers on the board in order to form quads.

## What is a Math Quad?

A QUAD is a line of four markers that is formed vertically, horizontally or diagonally.

When a player forms a Quad (i.e., four markers in a row), he or she is rewarded with a quad marker (a coloured bead/counter). The quad markers are collected by the players and held on their side of the table. The first player to form four Math Quads (and collect 4 Math Quad markers) is declared to be the winner.

A quad square (salmon-coloured squares in each of the game board corners) may be counted as one of your quads. Line up 3 beads (vertically, horizontally or diagonally) next to a quad square, printed on the game board, to create a quad. You do not need to put a marker on top of the quad square. Therefore, a quad created using a quad square only needs an additionally three markers.

## Options When You Roll a 4 on a Dice

If you roll a 4 on a dice, you have extra options which you can use to your advantage.

Begin by adding the dice together and multiplying the sum by the game numbers (as usual).

You now have a choice, you can:

• Continue playing as usual (i.e., placing a marker on the board over the appropriate number) OR ...
• Use the 4 on its own. The 4 can be used to remove another player’s counter from anywhere on the board EXCEPT for any counters which have already been formed into a QUAD. Any counters already making up aquad are safe and cannot be removed from the board.

After the 4 has been used to remove another player’s counter, it is set aside and not used again in this turn. The number on the remaining dice can now be used as normal (i.e., multiple it by the game number & place a marker on the board as appropriate).

## Using the "Roll 4" Option

Using a rolled "4", ONLY ONE of your opponent’s markers may be removed during a turn.

So if, for example, you have one opponent in the game and you roll two 4’s, you can only use one of the 4’s to remove a marker from your opponent. In this case, you play the other 4 as normal (i.e., multiply the 4 by the game number and place one of your makers on the board).

If you have more than two opponents, and you roll two 4’s, you could use both 4’s to remove one marker from each opponent. In this case, you would not put any of your own markers on the board as you have used all of the numbers from the dice to remove your opponents’ markers.

## Why Use ‘4’ to Remove Your Opponent’s Markers?

Reasons why you may remove your opponent’s markers include:

• To open up numbers which are blocked by your opponent's markers and which you need to form a quad
• To access the smaller numbers on the game board (e.g., the single digits)

## What Happens When There Are No Available Numbers on the Game Board?

As the game progresses and the board fills up, you may find that when you roll, add & multiply the numbers on the dice, there isn’t an available number on the board. In this case, your turn finishes and the next player takes a turn.

## Who's the Winner of Maths Quads?

The player to form 4 Math Quads (and collect 4 Math Quad markers) is declared to be the winner.

Alternative: Change the Number of Quads to Win

Before play begins, players may agree on the total number of Math Quads which must be formed by a player in order to be declared the winner. For example, if there are two players, they may both agree that the number of Math Quads to make is 6 (.i.e., 6 groups of 4 counters).

The higher number of Quads, the longer the game will continue.
Note: the lower number of players, the easier it is to create Quads. More players = harder to make Quads.

## Math Quads is Heaps of Fun!

Now if all the above sounds daunting and complicated, don't be put off! It will all make sense when you begin to play. We really LOVE playing this game.

The reason I especially love this game is that it provides wonderful opportunities for kids (and adults) to use multiplication and review maths times tables in a fun and enjoyable way.

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We know for sure that you'll love this game but be warned ....

... this game is addictively fun! :o)

There are 12 game boards in total. Game boards are A3 sized.

Laminate the game boards for repeated use.