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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fractazmic!! A Review

I am always looking for ways to make math fun for the kids.   I struggled with some math concepts when I was a kid.  In my experience with the kids,  the more ways something is presented the easier it is to understand.   I was thrilled when I received a deck of Fractazmic cards in the mail to review.

PhotobucketSo what is Fractazmic?   Fractazmic is a fraction card game from the the makers of I See Cards .  They have a few different card games designed to make learning fun. 

With  Fractazmic you can:
  • Quickly learn to convert and add fractions.
  • Understand the relationship between fractions and measurements.
  • See real world use of fractions.
How does it work?


Fractazmic is a deck of 60 cards split into 3 suits, 10ths, 12ths and 16ths.  Each suit has cards that can be converted to the identifying suit.  For example the 10ths suit has cards that can be converted to 10ths namely,one- half, fifths and tenths, the 16ths suit has one-half, quarters, eighths and sixteenths.
Each suit has a graphic that can help to identify the amount that is on the card.  For instance the 12ths suit has a carton of eggs, the 1/3rd card would have 4 eggs in the carton, the one-half card would have 6 eggs and so on.

There are a couple of  ways to play the game but the basic idea is to make hands that add up to one using cards from the same suit.

 So what did we think?

We played this several times over the past few weeks.  It was right on time as Micaiah who is in grade 3 has been covering fractions in his math curriculum.  The first time we played I had to give Micaiah a lot of help but after playing a few rounds he understood the concept of converting fractions.  After the first round I made a cheat sheet for him so he could play more independently and eventually he needed to rely on the sheet less and less.  Eli who is in grade one and has just been introduced to fractions could not grasp the game yet.  He was content to watch us and I am sure he will soon catch on to the concept of adding the fractions together.  When I asked Micaiah what he thought, this is what he said, "It was a bit challenging but lots of fun."

I am sure it is a game we will play again and again. 

Fractazmic is available on the I See Cards website and is priced at $6.95 per deck making it affordable for individual families as well as classrooms that may want to purchase several sets (there is even special pricing for ordering 5 sets or 10 sets).

I See Cards also makes the following games.  Because we enjoyed Fractazmic so much I have added them to my wish list!!

Check out this link to see what others thought of this product.

Disclaimer:  As a reviewer for the TOS crew, I was given this product free of charge in exchange for an honest (favourable or otherwise) review of the game.

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