We’ve been playing a new math game from Sunya Publishing called Sunya – The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Multiplying & Dividing.
Sunya also comes in an addition and subtraction set, if you have children who are a little younger. The game comes with two sets of cards, an instructional book, and a number line, which would probably be helpful in the addition/subtraction game, but my children found tedious to even attempt to use in multiplication.
One deck of cards is comprised of some fun math tricks and questions/riddles. This deck also has the math symbols in it that you will need to set up the game. The other deck is number cards, which you will use to make your math sentences.
One trick we learned quickly is that when you shuffle Sunya cards, they have a definite “up” and “down”, unlike a regular deck of playing cards. If you shuffle them like the picture above, then you’ll end up with all your cards facing the same direction. If you shuffle them like I normally shuffle a deck of cards, you end up with this…
Which isn’t a huge deal, but is mildly annoying when you have to turn all the cards around 🙂 Save yourself the time and make sure your cards are facing the same way when you shuffle.
To play Sunya, the basic idea is that you use the number cards to make number sentences. The dealer makes the first number sentence and subsequent players can use the numbers they left behind in addition to the numbers in their hand to change the sentence. For example, if the dealer lays out
3×2=6 then then next player can use the cards in their hand to change it to 8×2=16. My fourth grader had a fairly easy time of this, although sometimes a little hint to help him with if he had what he needed or if he needed to draw additional numbers was necessary.
My second grader needed substantial help. She knows her multiplication facts, but generating sentences using what was already on the board and what was in her hand was difficult for her. My sixth grader found this “a cinch” but wasn’t playing with us when I took the pictures. We played open hands of Sunya since the rules encourage helping each other out. Sunya means “none” in Sanskrit and that’s what you say when you are out of cards, which is how you win. The winner then reads a math and science fact card, which they can solve or read as the teacher and have others answer. My kids enjoyed the math and science fact cards a lot, and have actually spent time going through each one so they can try to stump daddy when he gets home from work.