Buzz

Buzz is a fun math game that requires counting, concentration, and calculation. Players need to know their multiplication tables in order to get the full benefit of the game. Kids that are not strong in math may become frustrated with the game.

Setting Up the Game

Players sit in a circle facing each other. A player is chosen to start the counting sequence. Another player is chosen to be the scorekeeper.

Playing Buzz

The chosen player starts by saying the number "one". The player to their right goes next by saying "two". Play continues counter clockwise in order until a player calls out any number that contains a 7 or is a multiple of 7. When this happens the player replaces the number with the word "Buzz!". Play would be like this "one", "two", "three", "four", "five", "six", "BUZZ!", "eight", "nine", "ten", and so on. The next number replaced with Buzz! would be 14 then 17, 21, 27, and 28. Play continues to the number 100.

When the 70's are reached every number is replaced with "Buzz!". Numbers with a 7 in them as well as a multiple of 7, like 70 or 77, receive a double buzz. With a room full of kids this can get quite interesting.

Play continues as quickly as possible. If a player misses a buzz or uses one at the wrong time they are given a penalty point and play starts over with the number one.

Winning the Game

When the count reaches 100 the player with the least amount of penalty points is the winner.

Variations

A somewhat simpler version of this game is Fizz! where the number replaced is five. It may be better suited for younger children.

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