# Try These 'Eggs'cellent Multiplication Bump Games!

Posted by Brittney Field on

There's no doubt about it, kids LOVE bump games.  They just love getting that perfect roll which allows them to 'bump' their partner's game pieces off of the board.  "Come on, give me a 6..."

As a teacher, I love the ease of using these bump games with my kids.  For starters, they're super easy to set up and require few materials.  Plus, once my kids learned the general rules and objective of the game, I've been able to give them all different versions of bump games without having to waste time teaching them how to play each new version.

Typically dice are used to play bump games.  However, only having the numbers 1-6 or 2-12 (for two dice) really limits your possibilities.  That's why when I came across some posts online for using an egg carton instead of dice, I immediately thought of some bump games that I wanted to create for my kids- particularly ones for practicing multiplication facts.

To use an egg carton as a dice, you write the different numbers you want to be "rolled" in each egg slot and place a small object (like a coin) inside of the egg carton.  Then, you close up the egg carton, shake it, and open it up to see which number the small object landed on.  How easy is that!

Anyhow, I decided to use this egg carton concept to create some new multiplication facts bump games for the kiddos, and now you can play my 'eggs'cellent Multiplication Facts Bump Games with your kiddos, too!

5 Easy Steps to Prepare These Games:

2. Print out each of the game pages and cut out the 12 game cards on each page.  You'll notice that the game cards are color-coded so that the games do not get mixed up.  The games range from multiplying by 2s to multiplying by 9s.

3. Put each set of cards into a different bag and label it (i.e. one bag should contain the yellow cards and be labelled "Multiplying by Twos" and a different bag should contain the dark blue cards and be labelled "Multiplying by Threes").

4. Prepare your egg carton by labeling each hole with the numbers 1-12, as shown.  You can put the numbers in any order.  Then, grab a small object that can be rolled around inside of the egg carton and place it inside.

5. Grab 10 counters of one color and 10 counters of another color.

Playing Multiplication Bump:

Object of the game: To be the first person to place all of his/her counters onto the game cards.

1. Choose which game you want to play (i.e. "Multiplying by Fours") and place the game cards face-up on the table in any order.

2. Each player takes 10 counters of the same color (i.e. one player has 10 red counters and one player has 10 blue counters).

3. Each player takes a turn shaking the egg carton and opening it to see which number the piece inside landed on. Whoever shakes the greater number goes first.

4. The first player shakes the egg carton.  He/she opens the egg carton and sees which number the piece inside landed on.  The player multiplies that number shaken by the number of the game card set being played (i.e. if the player is playing with "Multiplying By Fours" cards and he/she shook an 2 in the egg carton, the player multiplies 2 x 4).  The player covers the game card with the corresponding product to that multiplication fact with one of his/her counters.

• If the game card with the corresponding product has already been covered by the other player, the player can bump the other player's counter off of that game card and replace it with his/her own counter.
• If the game card with the corresponding product has already been covered by his/her own counter, the player can place a second counter on top of it.  When two of a player's counters are on top of the same game card, that player's counters can no longer get bumped off of that game card by the other player.  They are locked in.
• If the game card with the corresponding product has already been locked in by either player, the player cannot make any moves.  He/she must wait for the next turn.
5. Play continues with each player taking turns until one player has used all of his/her counters to cover the game cards.  That player is the winner!

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