Parenting Reviews

Numbugz – A Fun Way To Practice Maths

  • November 24, 2017

Little H is now in Year 2 and the work is getting noticeably harder, especially the maths. She’s quite good at maths when she puts her mind to it but it does take a bit of explaining sometimes.

I very was interested to try out a new travel game from Plyt called NumBugz. As the name suggests it’s all based around numbers and I’d much prefer to play games as a fun way to practice maths with Little H.

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What is numbugz?

With NumBugz you get a bag full of over ten different games to play with the whole family. Because everything fits inside the bag, you can either play at home or take it with you on your travels. The games are suitable for children ages 4 and up, for 2-6 players. As well as the bag you have a timer and counters with one of 6 different bug characters on one side and a number on the reverse.

In the bag you receive printed instructions for one game with the rest emailed to you as PDFs or available to download directly from the website.

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what games can you play?

We started off with the game Colonyz, this the game that you have the instructions included in the bag for.  The aim in Colonyz is to get rid of your 25 counters as quickly as possible, by taking it in turns to use calculations to add them to the colony.

If I’m honest I was a bit worried that Little H wasn’t old enough for NumBugz as this game was quite tricky to explain and a bit hard for her to grasp. Instead, I went online to take a look at the other games and luckily some of these were much easier. There are also videos online that explain the games which I found much easier than reading the instructions.

We tried Legionz next which was a much simpler game as you use the picture side rather than the numbers. In this game, you try to make the longest line of your chosen bug whilst stopping your opponents making theirs.

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Snakez is another good game for younger kids. They have to try and guess whether the next number is higher or lower whilst making a snake as long as possible.

Bondz was also popular as Little H was already very familiar with number bonds from school. Here you use your counters to try to make number bonds up to 10 or 20.

There are so many different things you can do with NumBugz, and many of the games are good for younger children. You can kind of make up your own rules to make some of the games easier and as the kids grow they can then play the proper rules and the harder games. Plyt are continuing to create new games to play and will release them free of charge once they’re ready, so you won’t run out of ideas.

Little H enjoyed just doing some sums with the counters, doing her times tables and generally making pretty patterns. Anything that gets them practising maths and also off screens for a bit is good in my opinion!

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A fun way to practice maths

NumBugz is a great set of games to get little brains working, and good for the whole family to play together. They would be easy to take with you if you went away as everything fits in the bag, though I would be worried about losing some of the counters.

If you like the sound of Numbugz and are looking for a fun way to practice maths with your kids, you can buy the game on the Plyt website or on Amazon.



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  • The Money Shed (@TheMoneyShed)

    What a great way to learn! Wish we had stuff like this when I was growing up instead of forcing us to learn our times-tables in an ultra boring ‘by the numbers’ way!

  • Lucy Dorrington

    Games are brilliant for subjects that little ones find a bit tricky, sometimes they don’t even realise they’re learning!

  • Lisa McCartney

    Thank you for your great review and we’re so pleased that you like our NumBugz. We’ll continue to create new free games to play with them but if you and little H come up with any new games please let us know and we can share them with the rest of our lovely Plyters!

  • liljemandbabye

    Fantastic way to learn. Learning through play makes it a game instead of a task.

  • mammasschool

    This looks so much fun…I know my twins would love this and really benefit from it

  • Lyndsey OHalloran

    Oh this looks fantastic. I wish I had something like this as a child.

  • Helen

    This looks like such a fun way of learning and practising maths – I especially like that it is easy to take with you 🙂

  • Kara

    What a lovely idea, I can see us having lots of fun with this

  • katykicker

    Anything that can help little ones with their maths skills, while being fun, is great for me!

  • Newcastle Family Life

    I have never heard of numbagz before, it sounds like a fun way to get kids learning maths x

  • thetaleofmummyhood

    I love anything that teaches the littles a thing or two! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  • Stephanie

    I love that you can pop it in the bag and take anywhere with you. Not many games you can do that

  • Jo - Pickle & Poppet

    This looks like a great way to help with maths and numbers #Blogstravaganza

  • Peachy

    That’s a really neat idea. We’re not quite at that age yet. Currently all those little pieces would turn into bite size snacks. But we might look into this in the future. Thanks for sharing with #Blogstravaganza.

  • BattleMum

    That sounds like a great little collection of number games. Simple games like these can be a help to both children and adults alike. #bloggerpinparty

  • Claire @ The Ladybirds' adventures

    We’ve been sent these too. My youngest is in reception and I’m looking forward to plying these games with her over the coming years. Thanks for joining #bloggerpinparty

  • thimbleandtwig

    Great ideas for Christmas Presents! #bloggerpinparty


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