It's the time of the school year where nobody wants to "do school" very much, so it's nice to get the opportunity to review a game that's educational. The kids have fun, we get to skip boring math drills, and it's okay to be squirmy while we play. Win win!
We received Sunya - The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science, Adding and Subtracting from Sunya Publishing. Sunya Publishing also offers The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science, Multiplication and Division.
What's in the package? 2 decks of colorful cards, a number line, and a comb bound instruction book, the School and Homeschool Teacher/Parent Guidebook. The Crew was asked to weigh in on whether they preferred color or black and white for the interior pages of the guide book. Personally, I'm fine with the black and white pages. Adding color, while nice, wouldn't really make all that much difference. It's not a game where pieces are different colors, and a black and white instruction booklet might be confusing.
We were excited about the new game, so we got it out and started playing with it without even reading the rule book. We simply took turns making number sentences. I really enjoyed hearing the kids say, "Six plus four equals ten!" or "Thirteen minus nine equals four!" Even after I stopped playing, I could tell they were getting great basic operations review.
The rule book is a little overwhelming, but it offers variations in ways to play, as well as math activities and fun riddles. The riddles were puns and brain teasers, and I read several of them to the older kids. Even the teens got a chuckle (or a groan!) out of them. It's adding a little bit of logic to math time. Another suggestion I liked from the guide book was that very young mathematicians might enjoy simply matching the cards to each other, thus becoming more familiar with numbers and their names.
We learned that Sunya is pronounced Soon-yuh. It's a Sanskrit word that means empty, much like our word "zero." When a player uses their last card, they say, "Sunya!" We played a simplistic version of the game, simply making number sentences and not really competing against one another, so we didn't use that part, but I imagine kids would enjoy shouting it as they play their last card.
Jack and Hannah enjoyed brushing up on their math facts in this fun and interactive way.
We've played several times now over the past month, doing both addition and subtraction number sentences.
Although the parent teacher guide book says ages 7 to adult, we taught Katie the most basic version of the game. She is learning simple addition and subtraction, so this was perfect for her.
Sunya Publishing is brand new, and doesn't have any social media accounts yet, but you can contact them through their website. Some Crew families received the Addition & Subtraction game, and other families received the Multiplication & Division game. To read more reviews from other Crew families, please click the box below.
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