Studies have consistently shown that playing games with children is good for families. I usually love playing games with my children. I find that it’s an easy way to bond and have fun together. But let’s be honest: the only thing that can compare with the agony of playing the tenth game of Chutes and Ladders is the mind-numbing monotony of playing the hundredth game of Monopoly. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about a new game we discovered. Sunya –The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Adding and Subtracting is a brand new game from Sunya Publishing that builds math skills and exercises brain with fun science facts/ riddles at the same time.
As soon as we got the game in the mail, kids spread the game around the dining room table and asked me to explain the rules. The game is recommended for ages 7 and up, but since my 5 year old is very quick and does math on a level of at least a 1-st grader, I thought from the start that she would be a good candidate for it.
Sunya math game consists of the parent/teacher guidebook, 60 number cards, 30 fact & riddle cards and number line card. The parent/teacher guidebook includes a brief history of numeral system, instructions to 3 different games, and math activities for young children. Be warned that instructions for game #1 or Basic Game are nine pages long, but if you are reading them without kids talking to you at the same time they are very easy to understand. They just wanted to make sure they cover every possible situation, which I ended up appreciating.
The dealer shuffles the number cards and deals 4 cards to each player.
The dealer puts a starter number setence framework in the middle of the table.
3 + 2 = 5
Objective: to make simple number sentences in the number sentence framework.
For example, if I happened to have 4 and 7 among my 4 cards, I can put 4 on top of 2 and 7 on top of 5 to create a new number sentence 3 + 4 = 7.
If a player doesn’t have cards to make a new number sentence, he can draw a card from a pile and keep drawing until he gets the number he can use.
A player with 8 or more cards in hand, may continue to draw or exchange cards.
The first player to go out of cards wins the game.
A winner draws a card from Math and Science fact and riddle pile. I didn’t want one person to win and everybody else to lose, so this card was for all players and we collaborated the answer.
Here are some examples of the cards:
- A farmer had 12 cows safely fenced in. His hired hand mistakenly leaves the gate unlocked. All but 7 cows escape. How many cows does the farmer have left? 7!
- A marathon runner who passes the second person in a race is in what position? Second!
- Why did the boy eat his math homework? The teacher said it was a piece of cake. Ha-ha!
You will definitely need some imagination to solve these math problems and riddles but they are a lot of fun and an excellent excuse to look beyond what you already know and practice creative thinking.
How we used the game
I played this game with my 8 and 5 year olds and sometimes even with a 3-year old. My 3 year old couldn’t stay away and wanted to be part of it too. We dealt him the cards and when it was his turn the older two kids “helped” him (they just told him what numbers he needed to set down and where or if he needed to keep drawing). It was a great number practice for my little guy, “Put “8” down! That’s not “8”! Eight is like a snowman! Yes,that’s “8.” In a week or two he knew all his numbers up to 10. My husband joined us a few times too. Since it takes seconds to setup and clear away, it was a good game to do whenever we had any free time. We played it at the dining room table, in the backyard and we even once played it in the waiting room of a dental office where we went for a semi-annual checkup.
What we thought
- If you like playing educational games with your children, you will definitely enjoy this game.
- After a few times my kids could play the game without me but I believe parental involvement improves the quality of any game.
- I love that the game requires a meaningful action and decision making.
- This game makes practicing addition and subtraction painless.
- I can see a great improvement in the speed of mathematical thinking in both my 5 and 7 year old.
- I liked that the instruction manual goes into the history of numbers and explains where the modern numeral system came from.
- We mostly just played the Basic Game, but Game #2 and #3 are worth checking out too.
- I don’t see any downsides to this game, except maybe the long instructions. Just make sure you have time to read it before kids start asking questions.
I love sharing our best educational finds with you and The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Adding and Subtracting is definitely worth a mention. It’s fun and challenging and helps kids learn.
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