Board game adds up to success for Irish maths teacher

It’s all about making it count — and a national school teacher is doing just that with her new maths board game, which hits the shelves of major toys stores today.

Angela McCarthy developed Chase Across the Square to help children learn maths and recall number facts in a fun way.

The Waterford native developed the concept two years ago while teaching children maths and found that they responded positively to the game.

After securing the help of the Local Enterprise Office, she took her idea to one of the world’s largest games manufacturers, Hasbro (now Cartamundi) and suddenly found herself meeting one of the leading graphic designers in the UK.

Just six months later, Chase Across the Square is being stocked by Ireland’s leading toy retailer, Smyths Toys Superstores.

Now living in Kells, Co Meath, with her husband Patrick and three children, Angela has worked all over the country as a national school teacher.

She began teaching maths classes in Kells and the concept of the game was born.

She said: “The main aim of the game is to help children develop their recall of number facts in a fun way. Chase Across the Square helps children develop confidence with numbers.

“A report carried out by the Educational Research Centre for the Development of Education in 2004 found that most children needed assistance with homework in the area of table facts.

Board game adds up to success for Irish maths teacher

“The report also found that many children don’t enjoy maths and that achievement scores were higher for pupils whose parents reported that they integrated maths into everyday activities in the home.”

Angelan watched her dream become a reality as the game rolled off the production line at Cartamundi’s manufacturing plant in Waterford last week.

Chase Across the Square is now available nationwide in Smyths Toys Superstores and at It is also available to buy at Murphy’s Toymaster, Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

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