I have to be honest. I don’t like flashcards. I avoid them at all costs. But sometimes I struggle to figure out what else to do to get those math facts into those little minds gathered ’round my dining room table.
When my friend Misty told me she had signed up as a SimplyFun Playologist and wanted to send me an educational game to try, my mind immediately gravitated toward math. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of games there that begged me to take them home, but I was bent on finding something that would adequately replace those silly flashcards in a way that wouldn’t bore my children even more.
Sumology caught my eye…
It’s like that letter-based tile game (that shall remain nameless) only with equations and numbers.
I also have a requirement of any educational game…it has to be versatile enough to span several ages and ability-levels. I have no use for a game that can’t multitask. I could see right away that Sumology would fit that bill.
When the box came I quietly opened it and placed it on the table. (That’s what I do with everything I want my kids to see, but in a way that makes them think it was their idea to take a look at it. ;) )
My newly-turned 9 year old was one of the first to notice the box. She begged to play it with me, so that afternoon we opened the box and scattered the tiles all over the dining room table.
We chose our 8 tiles and turned them over so I could help her and she could see how I was creating equations as well. As we played, my mind was mulling over all the ways I could tweak this game to be a regular part of our school day.
*I could take out the multiply and divide signs to make it work for my younger crowd.
*I could have the kids build their own equations without actually playing the game.
*I could build equations and have them answer them with the tiles. (yay for the tactile crowd!)
*I could help my little guys learn to recognize their numbers.
*I could even use it to stretch my older kids’ minds as they play with the youngers and look for equations that are bigger and better than anything they’ve created before. (competition anyone?)
I was also reminded of a suggestion Sheri Graham mentions in her Holiday Planner about gift giving for Christmas. (aff link) She suggests doing 3 gifts per child:
1 Need, 1 Want (i.e. toy), and 1 Educational Item.
These games are the perfect educational item for Christmas because they blend the educational with that special “fun” element. (Take a look at their product page for more Christmas gift ideas!)
I also ran across the Homeschool side of SimplyFun. This could be a fantastic opportunity for those of you with kinesthetic/tactile learners who need to touch everything in order to learn! If you do sign up to learn more, be sure to say you heard about SimplyFun from Misty Marr and Raising Arrows!
Since I loved Sumology so much, I’m offering the chance to win one for your family! Enter the giveaway below or click HERE if you are reading from email.
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