We like math and we like games. When you mix the two, you get another cool game from Dr. Ron of I see Cards. If you remember last year, 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. Fractazmic takes the learning even further and of course there is fun as children have unlimited practice working with fractions at their own level.
Fractazmic is a two to four player card game that comes with a deck of 60 bright and colorful cards with graphics of various fraction measurements to help reinforce learning of the fraction. There are three suits of cards that come in three different colors:
- Red – sixteenth suit (1/16, 1/8, 3/6, 1/4, 5/16, 7/16, and 1/2)
- Blue – twelfths (1/12, 1/6, 1/4, 5/12, and 1/2)
- Green – tenths (1/10, 1/5, 3/10, 2/5, and 1/2)
The variety of card fractions allow the players to be able to combine them in multiple ways to make a hand that equals 1 which is actually the object of the game. When a player adds his fractions within a suit and it equals 1, he has a hand. When any one of the players runs out of cards, then the player who has the most hands is the winner of Fractazmic.
The directions and object of the game are quite simple, but the challenge really begins when you start playing the game. Although the game suggest it is for players 1st through 8th grade, I would suggest that all players have at least a minimum knowledge of how fractions work and a familiarity with converting them. If not, the game will be less fun and more of a chore to play.
River has a good knowledge of fractions, but this game allowed practice for him to use what he already knows and he had to think through playing strategy to combine his cards for creating winning hands. Lily is new to fractions and although she understands how they work, she is still in the learning stages of adding and subtracting them. She played along, but it was more learning so she could play rather than playing and learning.
Fractazmic is a great game to assist in practicing the use of fractions. The colorful graphics on the cards are also a nice visual of what the portion of fraction would look like in various scenarios rather than just using pictures of blocks or the regular pie shape division with which we are all familiar. Players not only become familiar with identifying and writing fractions using numbers but also seeing how the measurement looks for each fraction.
This game was fun for River and Lily to play even though they are on different levels of understanding fractions. I will probably wait and reintroduce this game a little later in the school year so that they both can play with more confidence meaning that they are able to create hands without the need of doing any writing of equations on a side sheet. I want them to rely more on the visuals on the playing cards.
There are also other variations of the game which include Fractazmic Trap and Fractazmic Rummy. If you are just game for Fractazmic, then try this online version and see how well you do. If you score high, then you could win a FREE deck of the Fractazmic cards.
Fractazmic is affordable at just $6.95 a game and can be purchased online. It is a fun and challenging game that will be a nice resource and addition in your math studies.
|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.|