Last Christmas my side of the family decided that instead of exchanging gifts with everyone we’d do a “pirate exchange”. Basically, it’s a game where you can decide to open a present or steal someone else’s present. It was a lot of fun, and it gave us a great math game!
Requiring fast mental addition, Pirate Farkel Roll These Bones Dice Game is a fun twist on the classic Farkel dice game.
The object of the game is to reach 10,000 points first.
To begin the game each person rolls a die, the person who rolls the highest number (or a bone) goes first.
Each player then rolls all of the dice and adds up their numbers.
The easiest way to play, and reinforce quick mental addition, is to score the dice as such:
skull = 100
numbers = number x 100 (3=300, 4=400, etc)
4 of a kind = 1000
5 of a kind = 2000
6 of a kind = 3000
3 pairs = 1500
2 triplets = 2500
straight = 1500
There are a hundred ways to customize the game to the match the skills of your children, don’t be afraid to experiment! Here are just a few ways:
-Children just learning how to add can add the numbers as is, the first to reach 100 wins
-Children working on their times tables can multiple each die by the table they are working on
-Each turn can involve three rolls, with your child choosing which numbers to keep and which to roll again for a better score
The possibilities are endless, making Farkel a great & inexpensive addition to your home game shelf!
Meg Grooms is a decades-long secular homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle, currently calling Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.