Friday, January 13, 2012

Equations - Mathematics from WFF N Proof

Here is a game we've been playing:

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You roll the dice, create a "goal" (the answer to the equation); then take turns moving the cubes into either forbidden, possible, and required categories, all the while keeping your equation to reach the goal secret.

When you see someone else make a mistake, you call a flub (there are several types of flubs). Then you have to prove yourself right or the opponent wrong.

It's math, it's strategy... it's logic! Who needs a formal logic curriculum or logic program, when you have games like these from WFF 'n Proof?

From their website:
At home, EQUATIONS lets the whole family share a quality learning experience and have fun too. People of all ages become fascinated by this game. It creates a rich problem-solving interaction filled with complex strategy, bluffing and intrigue. The basic game can be taught to eight-year olds using simple arithmetic. As players develop skill, the game becomes more sophisticated. It ultimately expands to concepts that will challenge any intelligent adult.

EQUATIONS explores a broad range of math topics including elementary arithmetic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponentiation and root operation as well as logarithms, fractions, decimals, percents, variables, algebra, functions and more.

It sounds complicated - but it is addictive fun!

REQUIRED:  get the DVD to learn how to play - well worth the $5!

Got a Montessori child? They could be ready at late 6 - but only if they've been playing WFF: The Beginner's Game of Modern Logic. I strongly recommend this game for all children, but Montessori children will be especially intrigued by it. It can then be followed up by WFF 'N PROOF: The Game of Modern Logic. More on these in another post ;)


  1. If you've been playing Equations, then you might want to get your child involved in the Academic Games Leagues of America. Equations was the first game played in 1965, but now the league has 6 games to challenge students to think creatively and to out think their opponent.

  2. Thank you for your response! It would be great to get involved with other players again (I played in tournaments in middle school). I've liked the page on Facebook so we can come back to it when my son is ready.

    He is not yet ready for the other games - he's not entirely covered Equations yet. He's 7 but is doing really well with it! Since we do Montessori is readily working through the concepts of powers and roots.

    What has really helped him was backing up a bit and doing much playing of Shake-A-WFF. For his birthday upcoming, he'll get the full set of Modern Logic games; then we'll get back into Equations again. It is really wonderful to see those gears going in his brain :)

    Thank you again for sharing this resource - I'm really excited about the possibility!