Wednesday, September 15, 2010
What do you see when you look at these cards?
You may see numerals, as well as the words for those numbers in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic and Roman numerals. They don't appear at first glance to be all THAT exciting.
Until you have the entire deck in your hands, and are playing a game of Pyramath. This game is addictive and fun to play, while helping to reinforce math facts.
Produced by I See Cards, this game takes on hand-eye coordination (picking up and placing cards), learning to count in multiple languages, and math drill. 54 cards are in the deck, and these cards are able to be used starting as early as KINDERGARTEN, if not sooner. As an adult I love to play a few rounds myself (when Thing 1 and Thing 2 are out of sight of course, or else I'd have to share!)
While you can play the game online, I feel that there is just something about having the cards in your hands that makes it soooo much more fun. It also is more helpful to have the cards in hand when you have a child who does not know all of the math functions yet. Thing 1 only knows addition, so the online game does not really appeal to him since it takes into account playing with subtraction, multiplication and division as well. At $6.95 per deck (plus shipping and if applicable, tax), it's not too far out there to even purchase multiple decks. (Something I am contemplating doing in the future, so I have a deck to hand the boys so I can still play)
Doesn't that look FUN?!
If the "regular" play of this game doesn't interest you, I See Cards' website actually links to additional game rules you can use.
One disadvantage we did come across with trying to play the traditional game with just addition facts is that we tended to end up running out of a particular number. The one round that sticks out most in my mind is the one where everything kept ending up as 5 and 10 (which uses the 0 card). Thing 1 thought it was hilarious though since I decided to just pull cards that had already been "played" and place them in the new spots. I highly doubt this is an issue if you are using more than one type of function at a time though, since you aren't restricted to 5+0, 5+5, 0+0, for example, partway through your game.
I am looking forward to using this product for a long time, as well as looking into I See Cards' other games which include working with fractions and learning prime numbers. This is something I foresee using as something to keep one child busy (while drilling math facts!) while I am working with another.
How did other Crew members feel about this (highly addictive) game? Go take a look and find out!
Disclaimer: I received this product free from the vendor for the purpose of this review in exchange for my honest opinion and experience on it. I received no other compensation for this review.
Posted by Stephanie at 8:48:00 AM