My boys have always taken a little extra time to learn their basic
math facts. With addition and again with multiplication, their
usual math books just weren't enough. Worksheets didn't cut it
either. We paused both times, for several months, and spent some
focused time on learning math facts with games and activities instead
of with books. It took some time, but it was very effective. Both
of my sons needed this break, and they both now excel in math.
One of our favorite ways to reinforce math skills was to play math
Though they have now mastered their basic math skills, we still
enjoy math games to keep those skills fresh and to just enjoy time
together. Sumology is a recent game we tried that was a fun challenge
for all of us.
Sumology is similar to Scrabble, but it uses numbers and symbols
that let you build equations instead of words. It's simple yet
brilliant. The quality is absolutely top-notch. The tiles are made
of thick, smooth wood and are color-coded and painted. The game
is attractive and sturdy and stores in a wooden box.
While simple in execution, it is certainly not a boring game.
Sumology is definitely challenging to play. SimplyFun recommends
the game for ages 8 and up, and I definitely agree. We attempted
the game with my 1st and 2nd grade students, and it was much too
challenging for them to enjoy without a lot of help from mom and
dad. Honestly, it was challenging for older kids and adults, too!
The box suggests 2-6 players, but we found it easier with fewer
players. We even modified a few rules to make things easier. An
average game takes about 30 minutes to play.
Sumology covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, division,
and quality family fun. The pieces could also be used outside of
the game for extra math practice. Kinesthetic learners might enjoy
using the tiles to work through math problems rather than using
worksheets. A math website, www.mathfour.com,
has a post dedicated to ideas for the game tiles. Given the challenge
level of the game and the quality of the pieces, the asking price
of $40 doesn't seem as steep as it might sound.