To help Boobear learn his addition facts, we’ve been playing a game from Sunya Publishing called Sunya – The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Adding & Subtracting. This is a new product that isn’t available to the public yet, but as a member of the Review Crew we got a sneak peek at this great game.
What You Get
So what do you get with this game? You get a book that tells you all about how to play. It tells you information about the number system, gives several versions of games to play with addition and subtraction depending on the age and skill level of the players, and even has a section for activities for young children.
There is a number line that can be used during the games to help making number sentences. Useful!
There are also 2 decks of cards. One deck has 30 math and science riddles to figure out. The other deck has 60 cards. These are numerals, wild cards, and operation cards.
The game is designed for 1-5 players and is for ages 7 and up. While at first it was a little tricky learning the rules, it really is a very fun game. Boobear enjoyed showing off his knowledge of addition facts and it was fun to pretend I couldn’t remember so he could help me.
This is not a competitive game by design. While there is a winner (whoever gets rid of all their cards wins) the game is not really competitive. Instead, players can cooperate and help each other make the number sentences. For example, if a player is trying to make 4 +5 = 9 with the cards but puts the wrong number down (say 8 instead of 9) then the other players can point out the error and help correct it.
Players can sit in a circle or a semi-circle – it doesn’t matter! In this game, you aren’t trying to protect your cards from the other players’ sight. If another player sees your cards, it’s fine. Helping each other is encouraged.
What We Thought
Boobear really enjoyed the game and it has helped a lot in solidifying his addition facts. It’s nice to know that when he’s trying to learn subtracting, I already have a game he enjoys ready to go!
He loves card games, and this one is a lot of fun. It doesn’t take too long to play so I don’t have to worry about boredom. Since players can help each other, I don’t have to worry about frustration either. All that happens is that Boobear learns and enjoys the game. He especially loves the riddles.
Personally, I really like the fact that the entire family can play the game. We can grandma over for a game night and she can play. Or it can be just Papa Bear, myself, and Boobear or just Boobear and me. There’s even a way for a single person to play the game. I find it very versatile and it’s become my go-to math game for the ease of play and the ease of setup.
Another thing that’s nice is that the cards can be used as flash cards, for sequencing exercises, and for matching. They can be used to practice making equations. One thing we tried was to set up animal counters then use the cards to make the number sentence. I think this helped to solidify his number sense as well as his addition facts.