Pyramath {review}

I almost minored in math, but figured that five years of college was long enough to be in school and to add another major or minor at that stage in the game was well, pointless. Despite my decision, it didn’t end my love of math. I think I like math so much because there are not too many gray areas. Everything is pretty much either black or white. It’s straight to the point unless you’re studying geometry which I didn’t grasp until the last two months in school.

Math is just fun and so far, River and Lily enjoy it too so we just have a ball. We had the opportunity to review Pyramath which is a one or two player card game that promotes fun while also reinforcing or building math skills in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. I will admit that when I first sat down to read the instructions to learn how to play the game, I felt like I was back in high school during the first three months in that geometry class I mentioned earlier. They were a bit confusing, but I continued reading and got a better understanding of how the game is to be played. If all else fails, then turning the instructions over to River always works because he can usually figure out just about anything.

The object of the game is to build a pyramid on your side of the cards by completing calculations using the deck of Pyramath cards. The Pyramath cards are labeled with numbers 0 through 9 in English, but also include translations on the cards for the numbers in Arabic, Chinese, French, Roman, and Spanish.

The game is a lot of fun, but I would see it being a better fit for students who have a good grasp on the basics of addition, subtraction, etc. of numbers 0 through 9 meaning that it shouldn’t be used to teach those skills, but rather to strengthen because it calls for players to think “out of the box.” An example of what I mean is one key thing each player is to remember is that they are to focus on the units or ones place of a number rather than the whole number produced by the equation. Confused? Let me help you. An example of a valid play that can occur is like this one if you have an 8 and a 4 next to each other, then your legal plays are the following: 2 (8+4=12) for addition, 4 (8-4=4) for subtraction, 2 again (8×4-32) for multiplication, and 2 again for (8/4= 2).

River and Lily played together using addition and subtraction equations and River was able to play some alone using the multiplication too.

I am partial to math games. At a price of $6.95 for this deck of cards, the fact that this is not only a two player person game, but also solo, makes it a good buy. Pyramath has not only been added to the games we choose from on game night, but also I get bonus points when I add them into the school day because the kids think they are just playing, which they are, but they are also learning.

You can play online now and try Pyramath out for yourself or if you’re already game, then you can buy the deck today and start enjoying the hands on fun.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

The product featured in this review was provided to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.
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