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Diva Dice

Submitted by on October 19, 2010 – 10:48 amNo Comment

My daughter who is 7, is at the ‘Times Tables’ stage in maths at school and enjoyed the challenge of working out the sums in her head, adding tens and subtracting units, or using the times tables to multiply

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*****

Initial thoughts: When we opened the packet and saw three wooden dice, a drawstring pouch to put them in and three ugly gargoyles, we were a bit taken aback!  Given the name ‘Diva Dice’, I expected the game to be something about glitz, glamour and fashion!  The three gargoyles were actually the ‘Divas’ and were part of the game, what you actually had to do was throw the dice, work out the sum that the dice represented, and keep going, using the answer as your score until you throw an “Aaarrgghhh!” which is on one of the dice and signifies that your turn has ended.  In each round, whoever gets the highest score gets to choose a Diva, and once all the Diva’s are taken, the game can still continue as the highest scorer in each round can take a Diva from the lowest scorer so this game can literally last for hours!

We liked: It is nice that not all toys are about role play or the latest blockbuster movie!  This is a game that everyone can play- parents included for some quality family time, that is also very educational.  My daughter who is 7, is at the ‘Times Tables’ stage in maths at school and enjoyed the challenge of working out the sums in her head, adding tens and subtracting units, or using the times tables to multiply.  It taxed her brain in mental arithmetic, without it seeming like we were ‘working’, and she enjoyed playing the game with her friend and younger brother, whilst ‘mum’ and ‘Auntie’ watched on!

We weren’t keen: The gargoyles were a bit ugly, but really this was just my opinion!  The kids didn’t seem to mind and just enjoyed playing!  I did like how the dice were ‘substantial’ in that they were chunky, and felt weighty in my hand.  Some dice games give you flimsy ‘lighter than air’ dice that seem to end up getting lost under the sofa, but this dice game was good quality.
Overall: This game is great for kids aged from 5-8, but I thought it particularly timely that we got to review it now, given that my 7 year old has just started Key Stage Two at school and is bringing maths homework home each week.  For just £6.50, I thought it was great value and would make a nice stocking filler for Christmas or a good ‘pocket money’ treat.

Time Management Mum

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