Friday, December 9, 2011

TOS Crew FracTazmic from I See Cards Review!

Have fun while learning fractions!

Have fun while learning fractions!
Have fun while learning fractions!

FracTazmic™ is a comprehensive interactive fun lesson in fractions that gives your child unlimited practice at their individual level.

Each brightly colored card displays fractions, along with eye catching graphics, to ensure reinforcement. Players will quickly identify the fractions on their cards and calculate their way to fun and learning! Fractazmic teaches fractions, numbers and measurement. 

2-4 players
Upper Elementary+
2-4 players

The object of Fractazmic is to create as many "hands" as possible before running out of cards.  "Hands" are made by adding together fraction cards within a suit (color) to equal one.  The winner is the player with the most "hands".

The deck is broken down into three suits (color).  The sixteenths are red and are broken down into 1/16, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16 and 1/2.  The twelfths are blue and are broken down into 1/12, 1/6, 1/4, 1/3, 5/12, and 1/2.  The tenths are green and are broken down into 1/10, 1/5, 3/10, 2/5 and 1/2.

In each colored suit, the cards can be combined multiple ways to make a "hand" equaling 1.  For example:  1/4+1/6+1/2+1/12 = 1

To play with 2 players, deal 7 cards each.  For 3-4 players, each person gets 5 cards.  Remaining cards are placed faced-down and one card is placed face-up next to the stack --- this card starts the discard line.

Each player groups their cards into suits.

The player takes a card from either the discard line or stack.  (If it's from the discard line, the player must use that card to create a "hand" that equals 1).

Once you have a "hand" that equals 1, place the stack face-up in front of you.

If the player took a card from the stack and can not play it, the card is discarded on the discard line so that the previous cards can be seen.

Play continues clockwise until a player runs out of cards.  Whoever has the most "hands" wins!

Our experience:

I played Fractazmic with my 13, 10 and 8 year olds.  It was too challenging for my 8 year old, so, she played on "Mom's team".  My 10 and 13 year old both had problems remembering the equivalents within a suit, so, I made a cheat sheet to help them along.  It didn't take long until my 13 year old got the hang of it, but, my 10 year old sometimes needed to refer to the sheet for help.

I'd like to say that they loved this game....but, they thought it was 'ok'.  I can say that it did help their understanding of equivalent fractions.

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Disclaimer:  I received a pack of cards in exchange for an honest review

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