My boys are 12 and 13 and wading into the waters of a-l-g-e-b-r-a type stuffs. But believe me when I tell you that after a long summer away from lessons, their times tables were rusty. Hear that creakin’? Yeah. That’s the multiplication tables winding up again.
I’m a believer that multiplication review is always a good thing. I mean, let’s be honest —there are adults who can’t snap off an answer to 8×7 or 9×8 without first checking their phone. So reviewing the times tables? Yep. I’m all for it. And if you can review times tables using a game, it’s even better.
(Psst. Make sure you read this post all the way to the end because there’s a giveaway!)
I received the HoliMaths X Multiplication Review Card Game for free and was compensated for my time. I am not required to post a positive review. As always, I only post my honest opinions.
When I heard about the new game HoliMaths X, I jumped on it. My mom sense already knew my sons had grown creakin’ rusty on those times tables, so I was all for the opportunity to try it out. My boys were excited to give their thoughts as well. Upon being told we’d be trying out a new times tables game, my ultra cool, tech-savvy sons asked if this meant we were alpha testers or beta testers—to which I gave a blank stare. They laughed at me. As it turns out, I apparently had a lot to learn while trying out HoliMaths X as well. 😉
Card Games Make Learning the Times Tables Easy!
So here’s what you get with HoliMaths. (And yes, you’re seeing Spanish on that box – more on that in a bit!) The yellow box is for the 1-6 times tables, and the green box is for 7-12 times tables.
This is what is included in the yellow box (for times tables 1-6). The contents of the purple box are similar, but they’re for times tables 7-12. There are problem cards, solution cards, wild cards, a magic solution bag, score cards and other information. There are also help cards and grid help cards (yes, two different kinds of cards) which are a great inclusion for those kids who are just learning their times tables.
Card Games Make Learning the Times Tables Fun!
I love that all these times tables are color coded. It makes it easy to choose which facts you’re going to work on for a game. Speaking of games, the really neat thing about HoliMaths is that with the decks included, there are actually 10 different games to play. What that means is you get a) more bang for your buck and b) less chance of your kids playing through quickly and getting bored with the decks. Here are the games:
- Fast Expert
- Alert Expert
You can check video descriptions for how to play these 10 versions under the How to Play tab on the Holiplay website. The game we latched on to was called Stairs. In Stairs, you try to build a grid or table of multiplication facts with the cards in your hand (but while also following certain rules!) As a parent I liked this version best because it focuses how the facts fit together, not just reciting answers to problems.
Another benefit of HoliMaths is shown when your kids start looking at other options with the cards. Working together, my sons actually created 2 additional ways to play by changing a couple of rules within the suggested game plays. I love that HoliMaths makes these creative opportunities available—they totally encourage your kids to come up with new and different ways to play the games! What new ways to play will your kids come up with when given the chance to explore with HoliMaths?
So. About the Spanish. Something extra fun about getting this game was that it came from Chile. (Ever received a package from Chile? As our mail delivery person handed over our package, he said, “Chile? Huh. Don’t see that too often…”) Of course, this also meant the version we received was in Spanish. My boys thought they were going to have to do a LOT of work on Google Translate (remember how I said they are tech-savvy? Some of this stuff is beyond me.) However, we were able to download and print English instructions and had very few problems playing the games using them. (And as previously mentioned, there are video instructions in English on the How to Play section of the HoliMaths website.) A second edition of this game is planned for release in late 2016/early 2017 which will include instructions in 5 different languages (including English).
In the future, HoliPlay also plans to release games in a variety of learning subjects including HoliMath Division, Addition, and Subtraction, Geography, Chemistry, Art, General Culture and Trivia, and Preschool. There is lots more to look forward to from HoliPlay.
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