September 15, 2010

I See Cards- Pyramath (TOS Crew Review)

As part of the TOS Review Crew I had the privilege to receive a deck of cards from I See Cards of their math game Pyramath.

One of my goals for our school this year is to incorporate more math games for our boys and so receiving this card game was definitely an answer to prayer!

Pyramath is a card game to reinforce basic math facts and help children gain speed on their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Each deck comes with 54 math learning cards numbered 0 to 9. The cards also have 6 different numerical translation to other languages (I thought that was a neat bonus). Our set also came with an instructions page and a booklet with ideas to use math games to help your child succeed in math.

The game is very simple but effective. Our boys were drawn to it after explaining it once. Weeks after receiving this product we are still playing and loving this game and I can already see my boys, especially my second grader improving his math facts!

There are many ways to play the cards. I'll explain how to play the basic two player game.

The game starts by putting 5-7 cards on a row. The remaining cards are put on a pile on the side between both players. The goal of the game is to build a pyramid on your side. The cards have numbers facing both ways so that makes it easier for each player to follow.

In order to place a card each player must choose first a card from their pile and then place it between two others side by side cards forming a math operation.

So a number 3 card can be played between a 7 and a 4 (7-4=3) or between 1 and 2 (2+1=3), and so on. At first this made no sense to me but once you try the game once it all comes together!

Your child will have to think of all the different possible ways to play a number. Right now we are playing the game using only addition and subtraction facts and it works just fine. Later on, we will be able to add multiplication and division when the boys get there.

Extra cards that cannot be used by one player are place on a discard pile and the other player is able to use them on their game.

The first player to complete their pyramid is the winner as seen here.

The game can only be played by one player (perfect for an afternoon quiet time!) following the rules above. Here's a pyramid Caleb completed on his own.

If you are looking for a new way to review math facts without having to use flashcards, this is it! You can't go wrong with this game. It is so much fun and parents can join and enjoy as much as kids.
Many teachers around the country have already incorporated this game to their curriculum.
The best part is the price is right! Only $6.95 per deck!
To purchase Pyramath go here.
You can also play Pyramath online for a chance at winning a free deck! Check it out at Pyramath online.
To see other great math games this company offers check out their main site page here.
Also check out what other families are saying about Pyramath at the TOS Homeschool Crew site here.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this product to try at home and write an honest review. No other compensation was given.


Christi Brown said...

original post messed up!

I am sold! I am going to the website now to buy them!

Elinette said...

I think you are going to love this game. I let Caleb have a number chart next to him in case he gets stuck.