Expanders comes with all the items pictured below:
There are 128 plastic expander tokens in 4 see through colors. The colors match the colors on the sturdy cardboard mainframe. A drawstring pouch is also included for storing the tokens. The long rectangular cardboard strips you see above are double-sided number circuit boards. There are also 2 blank "filler" boards. No additional materials are required to play the game, besides a sturdy surface on which to play.
The object of the game is to fill the mainframe with your tokens by finding numbers which have connected numbers that add up to the initial number. The first player to use all their tokens is the winner.
It is quite simple to set up the board for game play. First you need to decide if you are going to play the simple game or the more advanced game. As I mentioned, the circuit boards are double-sided. The first side only includes the numbers 1-8, while the other side also includes 10, 11, and 12. It wasn't until the second time playing that we noticed there is no "9" on either side. I admit, I am curious as to why "9" wasn't included, though it wasn't enough of a concern to affect play.
We had started out by playing the easier game as the girls are on the young end of the age range. However, once we finished the first game, the girls were eager to try the more difficult version.
The girls actually found this to be more entertaining, as they were able to use more tokens in one turn as they added up small numbers to reach the goal number.
I have to share this sweet scene as Tabitha gave Amelia a piggy back ride to celebrate Amelia actually winning a round of play.