OBJECTIVE OF MATH BASEBALL: The objective of Math Baseball is to be the player with the most points when the game ends after the predetermined number of innings have been played.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 or More Players
MATERIALS: Gameboard, Two Dice, 9 Counters for Each Team, Score Pad, and Number Cards
TYPE OF GAME: Mathematical Board Game
AUDIENCE: Ages 6 and Up
OVERVIEW OF MATH BASEBALL
Math Baseball is the perfect math-based game for those weeks leading up to the new school year. By incorporating sports, strategy, and competition, this game has kids building their problem-solving skills without even realizing it! This game will be having kids begging to do math. Don’t believe it? Well, see for yourself.
To begin setup, create a game board by sketching a baseball field on a piece of paper or on a posterboard. A posterboard will give you a larger area to play on, making it easier to keep game pieces separated. Then create 13 number cards, numbered 0 through 12, and cut them small enough so that they may fit inside the bases of your board.
Count out nine counters for each team. The players can use whatever they wish as the counters, as long as they can tell them apart from one another. The board is then placed in the center of the playing area, with the number cards stacked to the side. Each player should choose a corner to claim, and they will then place their counters in them.
The game is ready to begin.
To begin the game, place a random number card on each of the four bases, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and home. These numbers will be changed at the end of each inning. The players will randomly choose who goes first, and the first inning is ready to start.
The first player will roll the two die. The player will then attempt to come up with a math equation where the numbers on the die will equal one of the numbers on the base. For beginners, or younger players, addition and subtraction can be used. For older players, multiplication and division may be added.
If the player is unable to come up with a correct equation, then they get an out. If they can, they may move their counter to that base. Each time a player moves ahead, they will move all of their counters ahead that far, moving further around the field. When a counter reaches home, the player earns one point. If a player gets three outs, then the next player will take their turn. After each player has taken their turn, the inning comes to an end.
END OF GAME
The game comes to an end after the predetermined number of innings have been played. The points that each team scored during each inning are tallied. The player with the most points, wins the game.