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Monday, December 12, 2011

TOS Reviews - Fractazmic

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Fractazmic is a Math game that teaches kids about - you must have guessed it - Fractions. It is put out by the company I See Cards which specializes in Math games for kids from Grade 1-8.
Price: $6.95 for the 60 card deck .
It comes with a how to play sheet inside the deck
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The game consists of 3 suits of fractions in 3 different colors:

  • the Sixteenth (red) made up of 1/16, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16 and 1/2 cards.
  • the  twelfth (blue), made up of 1/12, 1/16, 1/4, 1/3, 5/12 and 1/2 cards.
  • the Tenth (green), made up of 1/10, 1/5, 3/10, 2/5 and 1/2 cards.

The goal of the game is to make hands that equal 1 by adding the fractions. The trick and challenge is that you can add any fractions within a colored suit as long as it equals 1. What that means is that you can make a hand by putting together 1/12, 1/6, 1/4, 1/3, 5/12 and 1/2 or 1/4, 1/4 and 1/2 for example. The winner is the one with the most hands when one player runs out of cards.

This game is great because it teaches the basics of fractions, as well as adding and multiplying fractions.

The game is said to be geared towards grade 1-8 but I found that in order to play it with first graders you have to teach the concept of fractions first, and they have to know adding, which you can most definitely do with the cards by familiarizing them with the different cards in the deck.  To take full advantage of the game it is also good that the child knows about multiplying, as that is what you need to do to add fractions of different denominators. So I would say that to play it to its fullest this is best suited for grade 3 and up.

It worked well for our family of 1 1st grader and 1 3rd grader, as we are doing multiplications right now, and had introduced fractions earlier this year. This is a great way to cement these concepts and put them into practice.

The boys enjoyed it and so did mom. At first I played it with hubby to see how it was supposed to work and it was a challenge for me. To play it with the boys I actually take away some of the more difficult cards like 1/16 and 1/12 as I think I need to teach them the relationship between these cards and the others in the suit first.

There are other variations to the games such as Rummy and Trap which you can check here. The game is very flexible so you can make up your own way of playing it as well.

Overall I would definitely recommend this game if one loves to use games to teach and practice Math.

I would also recommend checking out other games that I See Cards have put out in the past such as Pyramath and Prime Bombs.

Make sure to go visit the crew blog and see what other crewmates had to say about Fratzmatic.


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Disclosure: I was offer a deck of Fratzmatic for free in exchange for an honest review.

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