We found a new math game in our house, and we love it! it is geared more towards the kids working on addition and subtraction or early multiplication tables, but everyone can play.
It’s called Möbi. And you might be able to see just why!
Möbi is mad up of blue and white tiles. The blue tiles are the numbers, and the white tiles are the operations. This includes +, -, x, ÷, and =.
While the number tiles are one-sided, the operations tiles are two-sided. Equal is the same on both sides, but you will find + and – on opposite sides of a white tile and x and ÷ on opposite sides of a white tile.
The instructions for playing are simple…well, sort of. Separate the tiles into a blue pile and white pile. The number tiles MUST be face down. With 2-4 players, you each get 7 number tiles, and with 5-6, you each get only 5 number tiles.Operation tiles are taken only as needed, and you may use either side of a tile, regardless for what side is facing up.
Goal: To be the first to use up all of your number tiles once the “extras” pile has been emptied.
How? You create a “pod” of math equations to use up your tiles. The picture above shows what a pod might look like. It’s like scrabble for math.
Now, there are a few more rules to be aware of.
#1 – All equations must have at least 1 operations sign and one = sign. Only on a players final play may the use an “x=x” type equation.
#2 – You must follow the order of operations with x and ÷.
#3 – No maximum number of number or operation tiles exist for an equation, but the left and right side of the = sign MUST be equal.
#4 – 6 and 9 can be used for either number until they are played. Then they may only be used as the specified number, unless your pod is rearranged.
#5 – There is a möbi tile that is a wildcard. It can be used as any number from 1-12, but as stated above – must be that number once it is laid – unless tiles are rearranged.
Any player may start the game by shouting “GO!” Then, all players turn over their number tiles and start to make equations. Operation tiles are pulled as needed from the pool of tiles.
FLIP – If a player uses all but one number tile in the his pod, he yells “FLIP!” All players then take three number tiles from he communal pool and try to incorporate them into their pod. If there are not three tiles per player left, take two or one each – as long as it is even for everyone.
SWAP – If a player cannot use one of his number tiles, he is able to swap that number tile for TWO new number tiles from the pool. The word SWAP must be hollered out. No other player is required to swap any tiles.
Finishing the Game – When all tiles from the pool are gone and a player completes his pod, he yells “Möbi!” Everyone stops and reviews the winner’s pod for accuracy. (DON’T destroy your pod until you know someone has won.)
Don’t make a mistake and still call Möbi. You’ll be disqualified. Consequences are tough in the this game.
You may vary the game to fit the needs of your family. For younger children, you may want to only play with addition and subtraction tiles. With littles, you may allow for one or two mistakes when a pod is reviewed. It is a learning opportunity time when you discuss why it is incorrect (or as I prefer – ask questions to help them see why it is in correct), and then all players pick back up where they left off. The player does need to correct their whoops as play continues.
They have a version titled “Chill Möbi” which is a relaxed version. Distribute all of the tiles out and just create your own pod. Whoever finishes first wins.
REARRANGE – you may rearrange your pod whenever necessary to integrate newly drawn tiles. Your pod IS NOT stagnant!
Möbi is a blast, and you can use it for so much more!
Here are some additional ways you can use Möbi in your home.
-Making simple equations as your student is learning math
-Teaching order of operations, though no parenthesis here (basics)
-Learning ordinal values
-Learning numbers from the beginning
-Setting out all four operations signs and asking them to identify
-Addition and multiplication comparisons
Lay out 2+2+2=6 and 2×3 =6
-Teaching Commutative Law of Addition and Multiplication
-Practicing mental math with lengthy equations
AND….Wait for it!!!!
Practicing N2K (National Number Knockout) without dice.
You can find Möbi here on the Grommet website.
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