Updated: Nov 25, 2020
Math Match packs a lot of mental math into a nice little package. It works well for a large age range, as each child is able to play at their own level. What makes this game so great, in my opinion, is the art and the scoring system. The larger dice are also nice.
In the rules, it states that one person rolls the dice and everybody, at the same time, then calculates the target number and races to try to make a "math match" using the available cards. The first person to do this shouts "Math Match!" and shows how they got their match. If successful, they keep the cards used to equal the target number, each of which is worth 1 point. The rules also state that they do not have to get an exact match. They simply have to have the closest number to the target number.
I do not like these rules. It is not uncommon for me to change rules to best suit the needs of the children playing. I prefer to have them take turns. On your turn, roll the dice and add (or multiply) them together to get your target number. Then, use as many cards as you can from the lineup to equal your target number. I like to congratulate them on the number of points they get each turn, as this builds their confidence and adds a sense of accomplishment to the game.
The 6 year olds in today's Game School class used only addition. As your child gets older and more fluent in math, you can add subtraction, then multiplication, then division as options they can use to reach their target number. Play 3-5 rounds and then have the children add up their points.
Math Match is a game I can see myself pulling out often to work on improving my students mental math skills. If you'd like to try it with your children, you can purchase it here. This is yet another example of how games trump worksheets, every time. Happy playing!