Our four kids are all entering the third grade and we are trying different games that teach math skills to add an element of fun. We recently tried Where’s Wilson, Graphing in the First Quadrant. This game supports state, national and common core standards for math. In order to play, you place the Octonimo Starting Board in the center of the table. The dominoes are placed face down and mixed up. Each player draws four dominoes. We played face up which is what I would recommend so that you can assist your kids as they are learning. Players take turns trying to match an ordered pair to the spot where Wilson is hiding. Each card has an ordered pair on one side and a graph showing Wilson hiding on a different ordered pair on the other side. The Starting Board has 8 possibilities to place a domino and the game continues in a manner similar to the regular dominoes but with ordered pairs matching up with graphs. The game has instructions as to who is the winner at the end. We chose to have all the kids win by finishing their cards and simply having a first winner, second winner and so on. That way, they all stayed motivated and by continuing the game, it helped them with their graphing skills.
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This game provided a suitable challenge for our kids and required a lot of adult participation. While the game states that it is for 2-4 players (or solo), my husband played the game with the kids so that there were five players and I could easily have joined in as well. Instead, I walked around and assisted the kids who needed help and cheered them on.
Great things about Where’s Wilson?:
- Where’s Wilson? is a great game for teaching children how to read a graph
- It can be played with multiple children and adults, or only two
- It is an inexpensive teaching tool and is more fun than worksheets.
- It gets exciting towards the end as the children try to run out of cards (or time if you set a time limit).
Things to consider:
- The game is a lot of work for the players who are new to reading graphs and requires a lot of adult enthusiasm to make it fun. My husband, the engineer, was very enthusiastic which really helped our kids to get into the game.
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