UPDATE:Between extended-family trips and all the winter holidays coming way too fast, my blog is taking a bit of hiatus. I’m putting Math Game Monday on pause for the rest of 2021.

This game post will stay live until January 2022, giving you plenty of time to try it out. And I encourage you also to explore my holiday math posts:

Have a Mathematical Thanksgiving Dinnerwith videos by Vi Hart and a link to Don Cohen’s Infinite Cake.Holiday Math Puzzles and Activities for Christmas, Winter Breakwith an abundance of mathy activities to play with your kids.

Meanwhile, back to one of my favorite Math Game Monday games…

Many parents remember struggling to learn math. We hope to provide a better experience for our children.

And one of the best ways for children to enjoy learning is through hands-on play.

This cooperative game challenges students to use their number skills in escaping from a WWII prisoner of war camp.

*“The Great Escape” is free on this website for one week only. It’s an excerpt from Prealgebra & Geometry: Math Games for Middle School, which is available as an ebook at my publisher’s store (where you get all formats for one low price, and I earn higher no-middleman royalties) or through other online retailers, or by special request through your local library. Read more about my playful math books here.*

## The Great Escape

**Math Concepts:** multiplication, division, factors and multiples, odd and even, prime numbers, square numbers, cubic numbers.

**Players:** two to four (a cooperative game).

**Equipment:** printed hundred chart, playing cards (with jokers), pencils or markers.