Friday, December 16, 2011

TOS Review of Fractazmic Fraction Cards by I See Cards

Do you have a child who is struggling with fractions?  Have you got a visual learner who just doesn't "get" common denominators?  Fractazmic , is a card game that teaches numbers, measurement, and fractions.  The deck is divided into a sixteenths suit (brown cards), a twelths suit (blue), and a tenths suit (green). 

The sixteenths suit cards have bugs on a ruler to show that 2/16 is the same as 1/8, 2/8 is the same as 1/4, etc.  The twelths suit uses an egg carton to show 3 eggs (out of 12) is 1/4, etc.  And the tenths suit uses a water bottle to demonstrate 1/5 of a liter is 2/10, 2/5 is 4/10, etc.  The pictures on the cards help your child "see" the relationships between fractions.  The object of Fractazmic is to put together the most hands within suits that add up to 1.  You could make a green (tenths) suit of 1/10, 2/5, 3/10, and 1/5, for example.  Cards can be drawn from the stack or the discard line, but when taking from the discard line, all cards above the desired card must also be taken.  Play continues until a player runs out of cards and the winner is the player with the most hands that made one.

In my experience, teaching addition and subtraction of fractions with different denominators is tough for visual learners.  I am not a visual learner and neither is my oldest.  For us it was a simple matter to find the common denominator, but my visual girls have to be able to "see" that 1/4 is the same as 4/16 and Fractazmic does that.  Fractazmic also shows that 5/16 is is 1/4 plus 1/16 through pictures.  By playing the game, your child begins to make connections between fractions, and changing denominators is no longer a calculation to go through, but an inference from the pictures on the cards.  In other words, your child will begin to think in terms of common denominators without doing any math.  It becomes second nature. 

You can purchase a deck of Fractazmic cards through I See Cards for only $6.95.  This would be a great stocking stuffer and ideal for holiday car trips.  Other I See Cards that teach math through games are Prime Bomb and Pyramath.   Download Dr. Ron's Succeeding in Math with Games here.

Fractazmic is suited for kids in 1st-8th grade and can be played with 2-4 players.  I'm impressed with Fractazmic and may be purchasing other I See Cards in the future. 


Check out the other TOS reviews of Fractazmic here.

Disclaimer:  I received one Fractazmic card game free in exchange for an honest review.

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