Clumsy Thief Junior – Review

Learning math doesn’t have to always include a math workbook. We have been using Clumsy Thief Junior from Timberdoodle’s Kindergarten Curriculum Kit to practice our math skills.

~I received this game in exchange for my honest review.~

Clumsy Thief Junior is a clever card game. Actually, it is a fun card game that is for 2-4 players ages 5 and up. This game comes with 76 cards and the rules/instructions.

Your goal to win the game, find cards that total up to 10 and get the most of these. However, the clumsy thief (your opponents) can snatch your pile at any time, with the Clumsy Thief card. You are able to protect your piles by using trap cards. Put a trap card on top of a clumsy thief and take that pile safely to your side of the table.

You play until there are no more cards in the middle pile and the person with the most food cards at the end is the winner.

Doesn’t this sound like a much more fun way to practice your addition facts? Who cares about drills and the such when you can play a card game!?

I used this with all three kids who are still doing school. In my mind, you are never too old to practice your math facts. Baby Girl was the youngest at 6, Little Miss at 10, and Ray Ray topped the age bracket at 12.

While I was worried that Little Miss and Ray Ray would have an advantage over Baby Girl, that didn’t happen. To make a sum of 10, the two cards would have matching food on them. Baby Girl picked up on this and was able to keep up just fine. She is able to know her math facts with sums of 10 easier now because of this game and seeing the numbers that match the food on the cards.

It is summer here. We don’t like to do school during the summer, but we do school year-round. Some days it is nice to just pull out a card game for math practice instead of the math workbooks. None of the kids have complained about this, and I will continue to use this game all summer and beyond.

If you are looking for a fun way to keep your kids practicing their math facts without complaining, I highly recommend Clumsy Thief Junior from Timberdoodle.

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