We love Sushi Go.
A quick fire, easy to learn game, with sneaky maths undertones.
We’ve used it at our holiday clubs, it’s a favourite for our weekly Pokemon Battle Academy, and it’s one of the first games we teach families when we run games nights.
In Sushi Go you’re given a hand of cards, each of them represent a famous Japanese dish. Then you choose one – one you think will score you the most points – and pass the rest of the cards to the next person. Then, you pick up the cards from your other neighbour, choose a card, pass on, etc, etc, etc until there’s no cards left.
But each card scores differently and provides a different opportunity for practising some basic numeracy. Wazabi, for example, needs multiplication to figure out. Maki Rolls compare numbers. Dumplings score according to a particular sequence.
Then at the end of the round you add up all the scores. You do that for three rounds, add everything together, and compare scores.
None of this maths is ‘hard’ (by adult standards), but holding all theses different scores in your head can tax your working memory – especially if mental maths is a skill you’re still perfecting as a child.
So we created some simple score sheets to make it a little easier to see how the maths works. You’re welcome to download and print them out from the file below!