Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Numenko- a Fun, Family Game to Keep Math Skills Strong. A Review and Giveaway - ends 7/24

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It’s summertime, and that means fun time!  The public schools are closed for summer vacation, and many homeschoolers either take the summer off, or they relax the schedule a little bit.

One thing that is pretty universal -  a majority of kids who take the summer off will return to their studies in the Fall having regressed a little bit.  Especially in math.

I can assure you, I’m not hauling out textbooks and worksheets during the summer months.  I do try to be a clever mother, and work math into our daily routine, but they see right through me.   This is usually during cooking or shopping.  Taxes, tips, measurements.. it’s all math.  It’s  not a lot of fun, but it’s math.

Now.. what if I told you I found a product that would have your children asking to do math?  Would you believe me if I told you it was fun?  And how cool would it be if that product was so portable, you could fit it in your purse?

There is such a thing, and it’s called, Numenko.

numenko logo

Numenko is  like some of the popular word games, but with numbers.  It’s easy to play, and a game goes fairly quickly.

The best testimony of all is from Boy Two, who is NOT a fan of math, per se. (even though he is brilliant with numbers)  He admitted to me that he thinks it’s fun!

The original version is a Board Game.  We’ve been playing the portable version, numenko-in-a-bag. Here's a video which will explain the game easily - and probably much more clearly than I could in several long, wordy paragraphs!

The game was developed when Tom Lennett, (the inventor of Numenko) needed to come up with a way to help his daughter who was struggling with her math.  The first prototype was not nearly as brilliant, and lacked the fun of the current version.  That all changed when the idea for the Mulitchoice tile came to him.  It definitely helps the game flow!!

Let me show you with some photos of numenko-in-a-bag.

This is the game.
numenko in a bag

The tiles all fit in the bag, which closes with a draw string.

There are 3 kinds of tiles.  The free choice, the multichoice and the number tiles.

numenko in a bag tiles

The smiling faces are the free choice tiles and they can be whatever you want them to be.  The multi choice tiles will either be plus, minus, times, divided by, or equal.

The tiles are divided up and there is a draw pile in the center.

numenko in a bag game play

This is Boy Two.  See?  He really likes it!

numenko in a bag game play

Each player makes their own crossword style puzzle.

Here I chose 5 x 5 = 25:

numenko in a bag

Then 5 x 4 = 20:

numenko in a bag

And so it goes.

numenko in a bag

Everybody likes getting these ones!
numenko in a bag special tiles

Don’t look now, Boy One is actually in the spirit of the game!!

numenko in a bag game play

And this is how I manage to spend time with my children, practicing math, while laughing and having fun.  They use their math to play and to tally the score, too.  A game only takes about 10 minutes, so we can play several rounds a day.

Numenko-in-a-bag can be purchased through the website.   PayPal is accepted, and the shipping cost to anywhere is the same as if you lived in the UK.  (where it is being mailed from)

The game is best suited for ages 7 and up and can be played with 2-6 players, or teams.  (I have even spotted a child using the tiles by himself, just for fun!)

Mr Lennett is very passionate about helping children gain math skills.  He gives lectures at malls and schools, (free of charge!) with the hope of igniting curiosity for learning, and entrepreneurial spirit in young people.

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**I was given this game in order to write an informed review.  I was not paid to write it or to host this giveaway.