My children don't like flashcard drills for math. And, truth be told, neither do I--even though I see their value in quick fact recall. But, they're
boring! Boring with a capital B! We do like games, though. In fact,
we try to incorporate at least one math game into our weekly schedule
if at all possible. Imagine my joy upon receiving a math game that
utilizes math flashcard drills in a non-boring way!
VALUE is a bingo-style game that reinforces math facts for children from kindergarten all the way through middle school. In the home edition pack, there are eight different VALUE boards, which are very similar to bingo boards. Each column is represented by a different letter (V-A-L-U-E) and a different color. Under each letter are various numbers in the same colors.
Sixteen different decks of flashcards are available for use with the VALUE game boards. Each deck of 55 cards focuses on a different math skill in the areas of identifying numbers, addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions.
There are five flashcard decks available in Identifying Numbers:
- Dots to show a set
- Numbers 0-10
- Number words zero-ten
- Spanish number words zero-ten
- Numbers before, between, and after
There are four decks available
in Addition and Subtraction:
- 0-10 facts horizontally
- 0-10 facts vertically
- 0-10 with missing numbers
- 11-19 facts
There are four decks available in Multiplication:
- 2's and 5's
- 3's and 4's facts
- 6's and 7's facts
- 8's, 9's and 10's facts
There are two decks available in Division:
- 2's, 3's, 4's and 5's
- 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's and 10's facts
The Fractions deck practices
adding and subtracting fractions.
When using one of the decks, mom (or another person)
is the caller. She shuffles the deck and draws one
card to show the players. The fact on the card is
color-coded to the same colors as the VALUE board.
The player must figure out the answer for the flashcard
and then look in the correctly colored column of
his game board to see if the answer is in that column.
If so, the player places a marker on the game board.
A set of paper punch-out game markers comes with
the set. (I chose to use colorful plastic game chips
instead simply because I have a stash at my house
and they were more "fun." The creator of
the game suggests that candy pieces, beans, or buttons
could be used.)
A master number chart comes with the set, enabling
the caller to keep track of the answers to the flashcards.
Just as in the regular game of bingo, the first player
to cover five numbers in a row is the winner.
I couldn't believe how much fun my children had with flashcards while playing this game! I am so pleased to finally have something that reinforces math facts in a fun way. Even though it's somewhat competitive since there's
a winner in the end, chance allows even the less knowledgeable
child to win once in a while. This goes a long way
in my house, where too many games are won by my older
child simply because she happens to know more.
Just in case you're wondering (because I think about
such things), each deck is labeled! So when the two-year-old
gets all the decks out at once and dumps them in the
floor, you will be able to put each deck back together
The VALUE boards and flashcard decks are purchased
separately. After you purchase the VALUE game pack
for home, you will need to choose which flashcard
sets you'd like to purchase as well.
Buying several sets at once would be a tad pricey, but you might
consider it money well spent if you begin seeing math improvements
in your children. Another option is to purchase a class set
for a co-op type setting. The basic class set of VALUE cards
is just a little more expensive than the home set, but the flashcard
sets are priced the same. A group of children would love this
game just as much as a family!