Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Making Math a Game - Sunya Publishing Review

Math doesn't always have to be frustrating or boring, it can be fun when you make it a game.  We got a chance to review Sunya - The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Multiplying & Dividing from Sunya Publishing recently.  Sunya Publishing has found a way to make multiplying and dividing into a game that is recommended for ages 9 and up.
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Sunya - The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Multiplying & Dividing is a brand new learning game from Sunya Publishing.  The game includes an instruction booklet, sixty custom multiplying and dividing playing cards, the Sunya Multiplying & Dividing Number Line Tool, and thirty amazing math and science fact and riddle cards.  This is a game where students can learn while they play and I am all for learning while having fun.
This game is intended for ages 9 and up, but since Little Miss (who is younger than 9) learned her multiplication facts this year I thought she would be able to play this along with the family. I knew that Buddy wouldn't have any problems playing the game since he is already in Jr. high, but reviewing multiplication and division to keep the facts fresh is always a good idea in my opinion.  I sat down and read through the instructions for the Basic Game.  The instruction booklet for this game is pretty big (25 pages) for a game, but the instructions are very detailed with examples, there are variations of the game that can be played, and the booklet also includes a copy of the math and science fact and riddle cards.  I really wanted to get the hang of the basic game before we even attempted any of the variations especially since Little Miss is new to multiplication and she had just started learning the basics of division when her math book ended this year.  I will tell you that the instructions are a little overwhelming to try and figure out, but as I kept reading I got the general idea of how the game is played.  One person deals the cards and lays out the cards for the number sentence - the x and = cards.  Then you deal out 4 cards to each player.  When it is your turn you draw a card and then try to make a multiplication sentence (or division sentence if you are playing the division game).  If you can't play, you keep drawing until you can make a number sentence.  The goal of the game is to be the first person to use all the cards in your hand, but before you go out you have to say "Sunya."  Sunya is a word from Sanskrit that means "empty."  If you want to you can use blocking when the person goes out, which means that the next person to go can make a number sentence from what is in their hand.  We did not use this rule the first couple of times we played to help keep the game simple.  We did try to add that rule into one of our games, but the next person to go couldn't block so it didn't work.  The player that wins gets to draw a card from the fact and riddle cards and then they can read the card aloud and ask the other players to solve it if it is a riddle card or they can ask questions about the fact if it is a fact card.  What I just explained is a VERY simplified version of the rules and this is how we played the first time so that Little Miss would understand the game.  There are more rules to the game that we have been using and adding in each time we play the game.  This is really a game that the more you play it, the more you understand it and can build on it.
We sat down and played this as a family.  Like I said we started out playing the multiplication version since Little Miss does know her multiplication facts through the 9's.  She did very a very good job of understanding the rules and being able to make sentences.  She did need a little help a few times and that was fine with us because she is younger than the youngest recommend age for this game.  We also tired the division version of this game and that was fun also.  Little Miss needed much more help with this one, but she has not formally learned her division facts yet, she was just starting to get introduced to division at the end of her math book.  In the math book we use, division is taught in 3rd grade so she will learn it next fall.  We did have a lot of fun playing this.  Hubby read through the rules a few times as well so that he understood the game too and was able to help us add in a few more of the rules for us.  There are a total of 4 variations of game play in the instruction booklet and we are working on learning how to play the second variation of the game, but we mainly focused on learning the rules for the Basic Game of Sunya Multiplying and Dividing.
So what did we think?  We really enjoyed this educational game once we figured out the rules.  My kids are playing it as I type.  We will continue to play it and use it to reinforce multiplication and division in our house.  Our goal is to be able to play all the variations of this game, but I chose to make our focus for the review the basic game play.  I really wish that the instruction booklet was simplified a little more as it can be a little overwhelming to sort through.  If anything, the instructions feel a little over complicated because they do such a good job of explaining the why of the rule.  I know this sounds like an odd complaint, but the instructions were a lot to process even for my hubby that is required to read Test Standards for his job.  I was sent a booklet that was printed in gray scale with a few pages in full color.  Sunya Publishing wanted my opinion of whether I liked the color pages or gray scale best and I truly preferred the color pages more especially because the example refer to the card color sometimes.

Sunya Publishing is producing this brand new game and continuing to get it ready for release.  You can find more information on Sunya Publishing  at their website.  They will soon have their Sunya - The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Multiplying & Dividing game ready for sale.  They also have a adding and subtracting game they are producing too.  Please go and check out their website for more information on these educational games.

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