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.
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I like the games from years ago like Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Draughts and Beetle game, Tiddly Winks. When mine were young they used to love to play Operation and took great joy in touching the sides with the tweezer to make it buzz. The object of the game was to take the parts out without touching and making it buzz! They had more excitement playing it their way.
I love frustration – not too long and engages all family
I’ve always loved monopoly
snakes & ladders as it’s a classic and so much fun 🙂
I love Ticket to Ride as its quite strategic and you have to think carefully what routes to attempt and try and get your tracks down before someone else x
We like Stratego – one of the few games I can beat my husband at!
we like uno, its a simple game to play
Love Scrabble – loads of fun.
Horrible Histories. Great fun and full of fabulous facts.
We like the classic snap x
Scrabble! Always fun to play with family 🙂
Twister- good family game
Buckaroo , think we’ve had many fun days playing that game and it never grows old a game for all the family.
we like Twister because it makes us all laugh so much
Pop up pirate is our favourite at the moment, my daughter thinks its really funny!
We like to play old fashioned Snakes and Ladders as all members of the family can play on an equal footing.
Cludo – I enjoy playing Cludo and working out ‘who did it’ 🙂
at the moment it’s operation, they like the buzzing
Monopoly – great business game
I love Rummikub, it’s a great numbers game and can be played with the family
Jenga as it’s a fun family game
Rummikub its such a brain teaser
monopoly it’s a tradition now.
boggle me and my daughter loved playing it when she was younger
Monopoly as all the family enjoy it and it teaches the kids about money!
hungry hippos. fast paced action and a lot of fun
UNO. It’s great fun.
We love Scrabble beacause it’s fun and also educational.
I love Articulate as it’s really fast paced and a great team game 🙂
We have always been Monopoly fans in our house! Thanks for the fabulous chance.
Frustration because it reminds me of Christmas round my Gran’s and it’s a simple game but really entertaining.
My granddaughter loves Operation at the minute
We love snakes and ladders, it’s anyones game
I love Scattergories or Boggle because I usually win but the boys prefer Pie Face – or of course their electronic games
Monopoly as all the family enjoy it
Pie Face a simple game but oh so much fun!
we love go for broke
Uno is always a winner
monopoly is fun but gets competitive lol
I always loved playing old maid or snap with my late grandparents when I was young, now however I spend my evenings playing top trumps or Pokemon with my children 🙂
Uno – really easy to play and becomes very competitive
Carcassone because its a fantastic game!
I love matching pairs and lotto style games. It means that we can play as a family, regardless of different ages/abilities
My daughters favorite at the moment is Pig Goes Pop that she got for christmas 🙂
Monopoly because I always win.
Scrabble – it makes me use my brain!
we have lots of favourites, but my personal favourite to play with my little ones is Hungry Hippos, its just chaos 🙂
Monopoly as it has always been a family favourite and gets us all playing.
I love Trivial Pursuit because I am a massive quiz fan and there are so many different variants there are suitable versions for everyone
We love monopoly, junior, classic and electronic. We have real fun playing together.
Our family love Sorry! because all the family can play it and enjoy it and it is such fun.
I love monopoly as it’s a great game to play with family and friends xxx
I like Scrabble as it challenges the mind
i love crib because i used to play it with my mum and dad x
Game of life as always loved it as a kid
Love Monopoly as it’s still a fun game to play with the family
We like old maid, good old fashioned fun and hilarious when the kids aren’t trying their best not to be the old maid lol
Pie Face showdown, always guarantees some giggles
Snakes and ladders
i personally love Monopoly, my brother used to play it with me when we were younger and he was always the banker which made me use my maths a lot as I’d have to keep a check on him making sure he wasnt cheating!
We love playing UNO because it is such fun
Jenga great game for all the family
we love Jenga in our house. as our children are between the ages of 6 and 14 it’s something that everyone can play.
UNO,nice and simple
We love snakes and ladders, its a hit with the younger grandchildren
I really like scrabble, gets the brain working
I like playing Operation as it reminds me of playing with my cousins as a child.
we love monopoly and sum swamp
Monopoly because its a great family game
Poker because it’s challenging
Cluedo! I love how competitive everyone gets!
I love jenga xx
we love to play scrabble
we love playing scrabble and snap as family
I used to play a lot of Top Trumps with my brothers when I was a girl. I’m surprised they haven’t released similar versions for very young children.
i like scrabble, i love word games
logo game we can have fun with a lot or a few
My Grandson loves to play snakes and ladders when he comes to visit.We both find it fun although he usually wins
Oh I have really fond memories of playing card games with my grandparents too!
These look great, anything which encourages number play is a good thing in my book!
Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x
We love playing bingo as a family, taking it in turns to read out the numbers on the balls.
Playing games is a great way to learn maths and these games look great, really colourful. I love the little box to carry them in too 🙂
We love Scrabble – it helps with spelling and knowledge of words while having fun trying to score points, so maths as well
Monopoly – especially if I’m the banker!
Monopoly it reminds me of family time
Monopoly because it’s a family friendly game.
I love trivial pursuit as my hubby gets so stroppy when he loses
Scrabble as you have to think about how words are spelt.
my grandson loves og on the bog, i have no idea why!! must just be the farting noises
monopoly as we can play it as a family
Scrabble, love thinking of new words
I love playing King of Tokyo with my son as you play the parts of monsters and robots and have to compete with each other to become the king and win.
I love connect four because I always win lol but love Jenga too.
Clydogau because it is fun 🙂
Oops lol weirdest predictive text ever! Meant Cluedo
We love frustration
Preface is addictive and fun.
I like Chess
im a recent addict to Pie Face, like a bit of competition
Snap because it’s easy understandable to play with my 3 year old.
We love the Orchard Farm range of games. They are educational, fun to play, innovative and quick to play.
We love cluedo because it makes us think and we have to rely on memory and perception xx
monopoly because it lasts ages
Junior Tribal Pursuit – )
We’re loving “Bananagrams”, its like scrabble for kids without the board, can be educational and lots of fun
Cluedo has to be my all time favourite
My favourite game personally has to be scrabble as i find it can be challenging at times especially if you get lots of terrible letters
We like snakes and ladders.
at the moment im back into playing boggle. good fun!
Monopoly is our favourite, great fun game
I like to play Scrabble. It’s always a fun game
We love Ker Plunk!
at the moment we are enjoying Trivia Pursuit my 8 year old is learning so much from it.
I love game of life
Game of Life is great.
mouse trap love the little booby traps x
Monopoly because it’s a classic everyone wants to join in with
Pie face because its hilarious
me and my kids love monopoly
My favourite is Boggle
Monopoly, because we can all play it together
Probably the Game of Life because of its variables.
Ours is Labyrinth because mazes are fun!
Phase 10. It’s a card game that’s a fun variation of Rummy. If you haven’t played it, I highly recommend it.
I love 20 Questions because its a game everybody can join in with 🙂
game of life as we always name the kids we have
Kids love Guess who – Nice and easy to understand and lots of fun
I love Pictionary because it can be really funny
Monopoly Junior is a hit here!
i love fustration as i normally win
Articulate, such a good, fun family game
We love monopoly it seems to be teaching my children good negotiation skills
I love Monopoly as it is different every time and I love the fact that it goes on for a long time!
We love Monopoly, it teaches children how to use money
i love cluedo! love a good mystery!
we are enjoying Frustration at the moment
I really like the game of life all my kids can play together
monopoly im very competitve
We love snap and memory game 🙂
Monopoly, have some great memories of playing it every sunday with my dad and still love it now.
I loved Heroquest as a child!
Forgot the ‘why’ !! Because my dad used to be the ‘Grand High Wizard’ in it and really got into character, which we loved!
I love Monopoly 🙂 Only if I win though!
Love chess, its challenging
Cluedo,a great game.
Love boggle as it challenges me
My favourite game is Scrabble because it improves your vocabulary
Snap, can be fun and played with various age groups.
I like Boggle. It gets my brain working.
Chess, great to use my head once in a while!
I like Cluedo but my son loves any memory game as so good at them
My daughter got Monopoly Junior for Christmas and it has been so much fun playing with them – I think we might upgrade to full game soon!
I love Scrabble as all the kids can join in!
love monopoly always have