Pushy Paddles

Description: 

Work with your friends to drive the raft in the correct direction! PushyPaddles is an exciting cooperative maths game to work on kids’ collaboration, negotiation and sharing skills.

You and your friends are in a river. One of us is on unmanageable raft and need the help of the other two friends to avoid the obstacles by solving maths challenges and arrive successfully at the destination where a treasure is waiting for us! Get the prize and fairly rewards your friends.

PushyPaddles is an exciting cooperative maths game for 5 to 11 year old players! Combining over 400 Maths problems in 40 lessons into a fun co-operative, 3 player game. Players practice maths lessons from Keystage 1 and 2 whilst exercising their cooperation and friendship skills of; solving a problems as a group, paying attention to others, taking turns, helping each other, communicating with others, being an active listener and dealing with stress. PSHE meets numeracy skills in this fast paced multiplayer co-op game. Three players work together. In each round one person is on the raft whilst the other two work in tandem to push the raft through the correct mathematical operations to arrive at the solution. The player on the raft then decides on the rewards and roles of swapped.

Pussy Paddles helps in the development of skills for cooperation (asking for and offering help, solving a problem as a group, saying and accepting no), skills for friendship (sharing) and skills for feelings (dealing with stress and anxiety).

PushyPaddles Numeracy stimulates the ability of working together, communicate each other effectively and share the fruits of their common work.

How to play: 

Students will be working in teams of 3. Where two of the players, the ‘paddlers’ have to work in tandem, by pushing the floater to one side or the other in through the correct mathematical operations to arrive at the solution

At the end of each round the player on the floater gets to decide who gets which reward, and the roles of swapped.

As part of preparation, highlight some of the key skills needed to succeed in the game and ensure players are aware of their responsibilities to their group, the need to communicate and to work together.