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Mathematical board game inspire your kids to develop a deeper understanding in mathematics while mastering arithmetic. It uses arithmetic to open a beautiful world of possibility. Here player race to be first to get to the center of the board while avoiding getting kicked back to the start by other players. It’s really creative, deep and fun. This board game is not only enjoyed and helpful for kids but also for adults. This game is complex enough that even adults who are quite good at maths stop to think about their best moves. The game will definitely uplift in the classroom or around the dinner table.

WHAT IS THERE TO LEARN BY PLAYING PRIMO?

We think teachers and parents will love playing Primo with kids. Without feeling “educational” the game does some heavy lifting in the classroom or around the dinner table. Here are some of the education tie-ins.

  • Math fact practice

Many kids develop a distaste for math around the time they start memorizing multiplication tables. Primo is an inspiring way to practice math facts embedded in a rich and motivated context.

  • The nature of numbers

Prime numbers make multiplication easy. (Why does no one learn this in school?) The color-coding makes the nature of multiplication and division intuitive.

  • You are in control

Is it better to add 8 and multiply by 3, or add 3 and multiply by 8? Analysing an array of choices develops mathematical instincts that atrophy without the sense of ownership that comes with play.

  • Estimation

Quick estimations are required to to decide how to narrow down the options presented in a single turn. If you had to check every option, you’d be there a long time!

  • Perseverance

With two pawns at two different values on the board, two dice rolls, and four operations, it takes a mix of cunning and perseverance to figure out the best move.

Package includes:

  • A quarter-fold game board of the Primo spiral
  • Eight player pawns, in four distinct sets of two
  • Two 10-sided dice
  • A full set of Primo cards
  • An instruction booklet

 

 

How does Primo work?

Primo is simple to learn! Each player controls two pawns that start at the 0 circle. Players take turns rolling two 10-sided dice and applying the values to their two pawns using any of the four basic arithmetic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The first to get both pawns into the 101 circle exactly wins the game! Be careful: if another player lands on you, you get sent back to the start. Along the way, players who land on the red circles collect Primo cards—some are helpful now, some are helpful later, and a few are trouble!

One of the great innovations of Primo is the coloring scheme. Each of the prime numbers less than 10 has its own color: 2 is orange, 3 is green, 5 is blue, and 7 is purple. After 10, each prime number is red. 

Any number that is not a prime is a mix of colors that corresponds to its prime factors. For example, 14 = 2 x 7, so the 14 circle is half orange and half purple. To find 3 x 14, we just need to find the number that is made of three segments, one green, one orange, and one purple. And that’s 42. (Hey, the prime factorization of 42 is 2 x 3 x 7. The colors describe the prime factors!)

Combine the colors to multiply!
Combine the colors to multiply!

The color coding allows players a way to quickly analyze the factors and multiples of the numbers on the board. This helps players check their multiplication and division, and even allows kids who haven’t yet learned multiplication to play the game.

The prime numbers above 10 play a very important role in Primo. Every time you finish a turn by landing a pawn on a prime number, you draw from a deck of 24 Primo cards. The Primo cards have various functions, with cards like:

Example Primo Cards
Example Primo Cards

The deck also contains Keeper Cards, labeled with a digit between 1 and 9. As the name suggests, players retain Keeper cards until they decide to use them on a turn, for the purposes of adding and subtracting only. They are incredibly useful for getting pawns into the 101 circle at the end of the game, since pawns must land on 101 exactly. Primo takes roughly 10 minutes per player to play. 

Example Keeper Cards
Example Keeper Cards

What do people think of the game?

Read the review from Engaged Family Gaming: “Primo is a fantastic family game for the mathematically inclined and for those who like fun.”

In the box?

Your Primo game comes with the following components, manufactured to a high standard in the USA by Michigan-based DeLano Services:

  • A quarter-fold game board of the Primo spiral
  • Eight player pawns, in four distinct sets of two
  • Two 10-sided dice
  • A full set of Primo cards
  • An instruction booklet

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