(3-6 players; 20 minutes; ages 6+)
For Sale is one of MathPickle’s recommended games for the math classroom. The suggested age is 8+ on the package – and that is correct for the unmodified rules, but the rules can be simplified to make the game fun for six year olds – and they are guaranteed to LOVE the cards as they buy and sell properties ranging from an outhouse to a skyscraper.
Modified rule #1 for age 6: The first bid must be 1. The second bid must be 2. The third bid must be 3. etc. (fewer decisions makes the game go faster.)
Modified rule #2 for age 6: In a two player version, the person who leaves the bidding first gets back all their money. Otherwise, with more than two players the parent or teacher helps round down when half the bid is lost.
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Because of my connections in both the board game industry and education, I can offer school libraries and school classrooms in Canada large discounts on bulk orders of games. Instead of giving you a huge selection, I've chosen my favourites - excluding my own game designs like Santorini so I can remain unbiased. These beautiful games will jumpstart your school's dedication to problem-solving in a way that math worksheets only dream about 😉
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