Dragon Times Game Review
I know I say this about a lot of things, but I wish the Dragon Times game had been available in the early 1980s. I really struggled with math in school, realllly struggled. It’s not that I didn’t like math, not at first anyway. I lost my curiosity in math around age 8. Why? Because flash cards are boring. Booooooring. Plus my little brother, for whom multiplication is not a struggle, acted as my tutor. That seemed worse to me than not learning multiplication at all.
The good news, at least for my kids, is that they don’t have to learn how to multiply like we did. Flash cards can be a thing of the past with games like Dragon Times. Read on to find out why!
How do I play Dragon Times?
Included in this game is:
•54 spell cards (number cards)
•42 dragon cards
•2 spell books (multiplication charts)
Goal: Save as many dragons as you can from the forces of evil!
How to play Level One:
•Shuffle spell cards, deal 6 to each player
•Shuffle dragon cards, place 8 down face up. Place the rest upside down in a pile.
•Players take turns looking at their spell cards, trying to match two cards that when multiplied equal the number on one of the dragon cards.
•If a match is made the player keeps the dragon
•The player who collects the most dragons, wins!
How to play Level Two:
•Complete a level 1 game, keeping your collected dragons.
•Place the spinner between players, take turns spinning it.
•After each spin players look at their dragons and attempt to find one that matches whatever the spinner landed on. Matched dragons are considered tamed and should be kept
•Players who don’t have a matching dragon must wait for their next turn.
•When the spinner lands on Evil Swamp Spell all players pass their dragons to the person to the left.
•The winner is the last one to run out of cards or get down to one with no other players.
What is my kid learning when they play Dragon Times?
Ideas to adapt Dragon Times for different learners
•Dragon Times requires that children be able to recognize numbers up to 100. We play in teams with our younger children, helping them to find the answer and read the numbers. It does increase play time but it’s a great way to teach patience as well.
•Younger children can use the dragon cards to learn number families, recognize numbers, count to 100, create a kinesthetic , and use the cards practice subtraction & addition.
•Remove cards as necessary to make the game better-suited for your child. If your child knows multiplication tables to 9, for instance, remove the cards higher than 81.
•The “cheat sheet” (it’s just a fancy multiplication chart) is very small, it’s probably easier for the child to read a larger chart. You can print one out here for free.
•You can also use dice to play this game, perhaps making it easier for players with certain conditions to play.
•Instead of the spinner you can make custom cards (I really like these ones) with players picking one randomly.
Take the learning beyond the box
You know what’s cool about Dragon Times? They’ve already done this work for us! Heck yeah they did! To access this material all you have to do is click here.
Our final impressions about Dragon Times Multiplication Game
•Dragon Times is a very effective way to memorize multiplication facts
•Dragon Times is fun for the whole gang, even those well past age 6 *ahem*
•While I initially balked at the price tag, this game is sturdy enough for years of gentle play.
•We actually liked the game! Even the kids who don’t know their tables can play with us using the “cheat sheet”.
•This game forces players to be patient and to pay attention, soft skills all people can use practice with.
Fast Facts about Dragon Times
Meg Grooms (she/her) is a decades-long secular homeschooler, mother of many, writer, Florida ex-pat, and all-around swell gal. Meg & her partner have raised their kids all over the USA, finally settling on Southern California. For now, anyhow.
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