Over the past few weeks, we’ve been attempting to play a new math game from Sunya Publishing called Sunya – The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Multiplying & Dividing. Sunya Publishing is a brand new company who is distributing both a addition/subtraction and multiplication/division math game.
When I showed interest in this review, I was intrigued. My 4th grader has finally almost become proficient with her multiplication tables, and I thought this game might allow her an opportunity to increase her learning even further.
When the multiplication and division game arrived, the instruction manual was bent due to the packaging, and I was a little surprised to find a card game. When I pulled out the 25 page instruction manual I was a overwhelmed. I took a few minutes to look through it and was lost. I asked my husband who is a field engineer to look through it, and he was lost too, ha! I was a little disappointed when I put the game away, determined to take a better look at it on another day.
Shortly thereafter, I pulled the game out again with my children. They patiently sat with me as I bent over the instructions, determined to figure it out this time. This game was meant for ages 9 and up, right? Surely I could figure it out.
After setting up the game, I read between the lines and decided that the gist of the game is for the players to use their dealt hands to make new number sentences on top of the existing sentence, while giving players the option to use cards already in play. The first player without any cards left wins. Now, the instructions were incredibly confusing to me, and I figured there had to be much more to it than this. For example, I was instructed to place the math and science fact and riddle cards face down in a pile next to the number sentence framework, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how these were used in the game.
We used the cards to play our simplified card game, and neither Morgan or Mason, who are ten and twelve, enjoyed it. I played with them as well. It might have been more enjoyable if I could have figured out the instructions. I have completed master’s work, was always a straight A student in high school, etc. I always excelled in math in school. Why was this so hard for me to understand? As homeschoolers, I prefer that curriculum and instructions are straightforward enough to be easily understood. Sunya didn’t quite fit the bill for our family.
I was also disappointed that the game was for ages 9 through adults, since my children are usually introduced to multiplication at age seven or eight. This game wouldn’t be appropriate for them.
Since I never could decipher the purpose of the math and science riddle cards, I gave them to my children and told them to take turns pulling a card and asking the question to their siblings. This was probably the most enjoyable aspect of Sunya in our opinion. The instruction manual was incredibly confusing, and twenty five pages of instructions was very overwhelming for a card game.
I wish that I had more positive things to say about this game, but it really didn’t work for our family.
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