We may have a reluctant reader in this house, but it appears that Monkey likes maths. Clearly gets that from his father and Gramps, and most definitely not from me! Although Monkey knows his numbers well, he still takes a while to work out sums in his head, so I’ve been using the Fundels Multiplications and Playing with Numbers to help build his confidence and speed.
Cartamundi have recently released the Fundels Multiplications and Playing with Numbers sets which are aimed at children aged 6 years and over. They are perfect for children facing SATS in Year 2 at school. The games are fun as well as educational, and we’ve been using them in a number of different ways over the last couple of weeks.
The Fundels Multiplications set, is a double-sided flash card set which comes with instructions for four different games. The games can all be played with 1-4 players.
In the two beginners games it’s all about being the fastest at working out what the answer to the multiplication is and building up your stack of cards.
We’ve played War and Open War working out the answer to various sums and the games have both helped with Monkey’s speed.
As Monkey’s been learning his times tables I’ve tried to show him that a lot of the sums can be turned around to give the same answer. For example, if he learns that 5 x 4 = 20, then he already actually knows that 4 x 5 = 20.
We’ve used the Memory Game option to reinforce this. You lay all the cards ‘sum’ side up, pick on card and work out the answer of the sum and then look for another sum card which would have the same answer. You can play this game against the clock to add another dimension. With Totalito, you again, place the cards ‘sum’ side up, and decide on a number, say 200. Then you need to select the right sums which will add up to that number. So not only are you thinking about multiplication, but addition as well.
We’ve also used these cards for quick fire times tables, picking out all the X 2, 4, 5 etc (note that there are no 1 x or 2 x cards included in the Fundels Multiplications pack) as another way at working on Monkey’s speed of recall. The size of the cards makes them ideal to have in a handbag, and to travel with. Priced at £3.99, I think they’re a great investment.
The Fundels Playing with Numbers game is again aimed at children aged 6 and over, and can be played with 2-4 players. It comes in a neat little plastic carry case, again making it ideal for learning on the go. Along with the playing cards, you receive an instruction card and playing dice.
With this game you are making the highest or lowest number, to win all the cards. It’s all about place values, units, tens and hundreds as you follow the instructions on the dice and decided whether you are trying to go higher or lower to win the game.
Monkey’s preferred to play this game to his own rules, which to be honest, doesn’t both me at all. He’s worked on number sequences, addition and subtraction and has had lots of fun. Really that’s the key. Learning and fun, however it’s achieved.
The Fundels Playing with Numbers set is priced at £9.99, and both games are available from WHSmith, Tesco and John Lewis from the end of the month.
disclosure: we were sent the items mentioned in exchange for an honest review
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