Thursday, December 15, 2011

I See Cards: Frantazmic (Fantastic Fraction Card Game!)

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Ah, Math! Thou art the bane of my existence!

Oh, uh... excuse the language. We've been living and breathing Shakespeare here for awhile and my thought process is beginning to change. Amazing how that happens. I watch Doctor Who, I think with a British accent. I see my kids perform Shakespeare, I start saying things like thou and art and bane. Too bad I can't change my brain to think math. Hasn't worked yet anyway.

Thankfully, there are lots of fun ways to teach and reinforce math skills!  (There may be hope for me yet.)  The people at I See Cards have created card games to help, Frantazmic being one such game.  And it's actually FUN!  I don't know about you, but no matter how educational a game may be, if it's not fun it won't get played. 

Frantazmic is like a fraction version of Gin Rummy. It was super easy to grasp the game play and we were able to start the game right after reading through the short instruction sheet.  The object is to create sets of 1 and then have the most sets on the table before someone runs out of cards, thus ending the game. If your kids (or you) need a little help with figuring out the fractions, there are pictures on the cards to help. Play the game enough and it'll be second nature to add 1/3, 1/2, 1/12, and 1/12 to make a whole.

We're using Life of Fred Fractions right now and this is a perfect supplement to our math text.  I think it would make a great addition to whatever math program you are using to teach fractions. It's easy, fun, and actually teaches the concept. I'm sold.

Frantazmic is available for $6.95 for one deck, or you can purchase multiple decks at a discount. Be sure to check out their other math card games as well!


*Disclosure: I received a deck at no cost, for review purposes. A positive review was not required, merely an honest one. For more thoughts on this product and others, check out the TOS Crew.*


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