Monday, 12 November 2012

Carole Vordeman's Mathable Junior

Carole Vordeman, Mathable Junior, Mathematics game

8 weeks of school life and Abby's mathematics skills has improved immensely. The syllabus ask reception students to know their numbers from 1 to 20 by the end of their foundation year, but she seem to have progressed further, knowing how to count passed 100 with a few hiccups, can count in 2s and 10s, backwards from 39 to 0, and perform basic calculations. It's sometimes quite hard to know how well her additions and subtractions are, so I took the opportunity to review Carole Vordeman's Mathable Junior to work with Abby's basic calculation skills.

Carole Vordeman, Mathable Junior, Mathematics game

The board game is suitable for 5 to 9 years old, and has a double-sided board for 2 ways of playing. Also included is 4 tile racks and 60 tiles.

In the first game, players each take 5 tiles from the 60 upside down ones and place them on their tile rack. To place one of their tiles on the board, they must perform an addition or subtraction of 2 adjacent tiles (not diagonally) that are already on the board. If they have the result on their tile rack, they can place that number tile on the board next to (but not in between) one of the number they've used to perform the equation with. That tile they have placed can then be used to perform a mathematical equation as well. If you run out of tiles, you can take more from the upside down tiles and pass your turn.

Every time you place a tile, write down the number on the tile on a piece of paper. If that tile is the result of 2 equations, write it down twice. If that tile sits on top of a x2 square, double the point as well. At the end of the game whoever scores highest wins.

In the second game, players each take 3 tiles from the 60 upside down ones and place them face up in front of them. Each turn, the player must place all 3 tiles on the board on the equivalent square on the board, where it is the result of an addition or subtraction from 2 adjacent (but not diagonally) squares.  When you have used up your tiles, take another 3 and wait for your next turn. Each tile you place will score you one point.

Carole Vordeman, Mathable Junior, Mathematics game
Note that you don't need the tile rack for the second game

The game is fairly easy to play, and it's a great way to help Abby with her additions and subtractions. Each side of the board has a number line, showing you how many tiles for each number there is, but you can use it to help younger children with their calculations as well. Abby is only 4 so it takes her a bit longer to play the game, but it was fine once she understood the game play.

The only problem I had was their instructions, which wasn't very easy to understand. I had the same problem with their game book too. Other than that the game is great for children to practice their basic mathematics skill and can train older children with strategy and logic. The materials used to make the board game is strong too which is a bonus.

Carole Vordeman's Mathable Junior is retailed at £14.99 and you can buy it from any good toy stores including Amazon UK.

Disclosure: We were sent a game to review; all opinions are honest and my own