I’ve mentioned before how N is just getting into games and I’m a big fan of anything educational. When Cartamundi asked me to review a couple of their newly launched Fundels games, I thought it was a great opportunity to broaden N’s game options. And help enforce his maths at the same time.
Cartamundi are specialists in playing cards and card games, and Fundels have been launched to bring a fun and effective way of learning into the world of card games. The range brings together colour, language, conceptual thinking and maths into one package to help children learn while having fun. As well as the standard range of a game pack of cards, there are also the premium sets which come in little sturdy plastic carry cases with dice for added maths fun. We were sent 2 of the ‘red’ maths games (the others in the range cover language and thinking.
As a child we used to play a lot of card games, mainly taught by our Grandad who then probably regretted teaching my brother and I to win his penny collection off him, and our mum. So far, N is following in our footsteps with his love of number card games and he straight away wanted to know what was in the little red box.
The Playing with Numbers box included 100 cards and a dice with symbols on rather than numbers. The dice indicates what action the cards played have to follow. So the highest, lowest, any choice, or miss a turn. I have to admit it took a bit of reading to understand how to play. There could have been some examples to make it clearer, but we got there in the end. Essentially on your turn you roll the dice, then play either 1, 2 or 3 cards to make your best number depending on whether you’re playing in 1s, 10s or 100s, and the other players have to beat your score according to whether you rolled higher or lower.
Different game options are given for different levels of play – so older children might want to play using 100s, while we mostly stuck with just showing 1 card. N grasped it really quickly, and as with other card games, it’s easy for children to beat adults. There’s also an alternative game if you want to mix it up.
Once we got the hang of the instructions we were away. The cards feel nice in your hand – my only complaint is that like so many cards they’re set up for right handers fanning their cards, and lefties have to do it in reverse. The pictures are bright and colourful, and the numbers are clear to read. The case is a nice touch because cards get all over the place in our house, so it’s a good way to attempt to keep everything together.
The other game is Multiplications. N has only just started doing lots of – he’s fine on his 2s, and getting there on his 10s, but we had a go at the game and quickly came unstuck. Each card has a multiplication on with the answer on the reverse. Similarly there are various different game suggestions to play, but the gist is about being the first to answer the sum correctly. I can see us getting this game out when N is learning his times tables in future.
As well as maths games, the other games in the range are perfect for helping consolidate learning and practice their skills without children realising. They’re easy to take out and about as well, and make a good precursor to proper playing cards.
Fundels were launched in January, and are available to buy from Tesco, and from February will also be stocked in WHSmiths and John Lewis.
I also have a set of the 2 games we reviewed to giveaway to one reader. Just answer the question in the comments below – tell me what your favourite game is and why (no need to complete the url box) – then enter via the rafflecopter widget. There are extra bonus entry options. Please ensure your email is current as this will be the method of contacting the winner.
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Disclosure: We were send the Fundels games for the purpose of review. All words and opinions are my own.