The fun way to give YOUR child a head start in maths
Alana’s Animals is an enchanting family game that teaches children the key maths skills needed in schools. Recommended by National Numeracy
For 2 to 4 players | 10 mins | Age 3 to 14
What does it teach?
Quantities & magnitude
“This is a fun game, perfect for young kids, but with a true depth of play that will appeal to even the most tactical game player. The stealth math and vocabulary content don’t get in the way of the gaming elements. Don’t let the cute artwork fool you – this is well worth putting on the table.”
“Usually the thought of playing a maths game with the kids fills me with dread, either because it is too complicated or takes far too long to play, but I actually enjoyed this game. There are a few ways to play, and it teaches children without being boring. The cards all have colourful and fun pictures of animals and some have things hidden on them as a little bonus game.”
“What a find! Finally, an early years maths game that is great fun, exciting, and educational. I bought Alana’s Animals whilst searching high and low to satisfy my grandson’s appetite for endless game playing and was delighted when it was such a success.“
An Exciting Early Years Maths Game
It’s a powerful learning tool hidden within an engaging and addictive card game.
Alana’s Animals helps pre-school children develop their numeracy and problem-solving skills easily and effortlessly while playing.
It’s perfect for homes, nurseries, and schools.
How to play Alana’s Animals
Players take it in turns to collect Animal cards and build their farmyard.
Whose farmyard will win the most Rewards? Winning Reward cards earns apples, and the player with the most apples at the end wins the game!
Alana’s Animals Includes 3 games of increasing skill and complexity.
Game 1 – Hide and Seek
Age 3+ | 2 – 4 Players
A simple and straightforward game that’s a great introduction for young children. Start the game with the animal cards laid out face down as shown in the photo. Players take turns to choose a card, turn it over, and add it to their farmyard.
Players can discuss the animals they have found and talk about the different types of animals in their farmyard, colours, spots, quantity, and so on. You can even make animal noises! Designed to develop speed and confidence with basic numeracy.
Option: Add 4 Reward cards (as shown in the photo). Score these once all the Animal cards have been collected by players.
Game 2 – Farmyard Rewards
Age 4+ | 2 – 4 Players
The player with the most apples at the end of the game is the winner!
This variation helps to teach basic numeracy and confidence, as well as critical thinking as they match up their animals to the rewards shown.
Option: Turn over an extra Reward card every round.
Game 3 – Every Animal Counts
Age 5+ | 3 – 4 Players
Play continues until all animal cards have been played.
Players then reveal their farmyards, score the face-up Reward cards, and then the remaining 6 face-down ones.
This game is ideal as it slowly introduces more complexity to the game as children become more confident with numeracy.
Option: Each player takes a Reward card that only they see and score if that player meets its requirements.
Game 4 – Animal Auction – Rules Coming soon
Cooperative | Age 4+ | 1 – 6 Players
Game 5 – Reward Race – Rules Coming soon
Cooperative | Age 5+ | 3 – 4 Players
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