For this review, we received:
- Instruction booklet - a 25-page, comb-bound booklet, currently containing both color and black-and-white pages
- 2 packs of playing cards - 60 number cards containing the digits 0-9 as well as wild cards, a multiplication, a division, and an equal sign, 30 fact and riddle cards containing math and science facts and riddles
- Multiplying and dividing number line
I mentioned that this is a new game; in fact, it's so new that it's still in development. The Homeschool Review Crew was given the opportunity for a sneak peek.
Little Red, Sassy, and I sat down to try out the game the first time. I asked Sassy to play because she's the one who needs the most practice with her multiplication facts, and Little Red asked to join us.
To start the game, I first reached for the instruction booklet. At first, I was a little overwhelmed because the instruction booklet is long, but the color pages with pictures of how the game is played were extremely helpful. Plus, we often play games that have detailed instructions, and I've learned that most often, simply going step by step through the instructions while I play the game the first time is the best way for me to comprehend them.
We (I) decided to play the multiplication version of the basic set of directions (there are variations included that I'll share about in a bit). The goal is to get rid of all of the cards in your hand by creating multiplication sentences up to 9x9=81.
Each person starts with 4 cards, and you draw a card to begin your turn. You can play cards on top of the number sentence that is in play. For example, if the number sentence in play is 2x3=6, you can play a 3 on top of the 2 and a 9 on top of the 6 to create 3x3=9.
When a player runs out of cards, they say "sunya" and then draws a card from the math and science facts and riddle pile. These are definitely designed to use critical thinking skills to answer them.
After we played several rounds of multiplication, we switched over to division. This will definitely be a great way for Sassy to improve her division skills since she just learned how to divide this past year.
The instruction booklet offers suggestions for variations to play.
- Variation focusing on factors of 0 and 1.
- Team play
- Sunya 400 - In this version, players add up the number of cards left in their hand once one player runs out of cards. You keep playing hands until one player has 400 points. The player with the least amount of points wins.
I love the idea of using this to play a solitaire version so that Sassy and Little Red can continue to work on their multiplication skills.
The instruction booklet also includes The Meaning of Sunya, a glossary of math terms, a description of parts of a number sentence, and Famous Math Quotes.
Sunya Publishing is also developing an addition and subtraction version of the game, which will be great practice for younger students.
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