Fractasmic is a pretty cool little card game that helps you practice your skills with fractions while you play. What? You hate fractions? OK, I admit when I was in school it wasnt my favorite thing to do either. However, as an adult, I can honestly say that I use fractions every day. I love cooking and baking, and I always have to double and sometimes triple recipes in order to feed everyone around here.
The card deck has three different sets of cards, each with a different color...
Tenths are green
Twelfths are blue
Sixteenths are red
My little ones (ages 8 and 7) had no previous exposure to fractions except through measuring ingredients while we cook together. As we played I gave them examples of how they might use each fraction in real life. That helped them grasp the concepts better, and we actually were able to play. They are getting pretty good at it too, and I realized that I need to brush up on my skills as well!
To play, each player must create a total of 1 (a whole) by combining the cards in their hand, there are many ways to do this. For example, two cards with a 1/2 on them, together make 1. This is called a "hand". You try to make as many "hands" as possible before you run out of cards. The person with the most hands in the end wins! There are other ways to play Fractasmic as well, you can read about those in this FREE downloadable booklet.
You can play an online version of Fractasmic for FREE, and you might even win a free deck of cards!
Fractasmic contains 60 brightly colored and durable laminated cards, and is available from http://www.iseecards.com/ for $6.95 per deck. It was created for 1st through 8th grade students but can be played by older kids and adults as well. Play alone or with 2-4 players. Other games from I See Cards include Prime Bomb and Pyramath which we reviewed last year on The Homeschool Crew blog.
Disclaimer ~ We received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own and may vary from those of others.