I’m one lucky Aunt. My 7 year old nephew, as well as my sister and 2 year old nephew, have been living with us this year. They’ll be here for a few more months until my brother-in-law finishes his time in Korea with the military.
The 7 year old is in 2nd grade and this has given me early insight into what to expect from our local public school system. (Only a few more short years until my own son has his first day of kindergarten.)
For instance, there are no more A, B’s, C’s, D’s, and F’s – or E’s as my school used. I had to use a guide to understand the first report card that came home a few weeks ago!
Not only this, but as part of PA state standards, my nephew is frequently given timed quizzes on basic math facts. He supposed to do a sheet of 50 addition or subtraction facts in 4 minutes or less. The kids are supposed to have the answers memorized. He knows his math facts, or at least how to figure out the answers, but he’s getting intimidated by the timing aspect of these quizzes and doing poorly.
Enter FLASHCAR, a math learning game.
At first, I thought it looked too simplistic or boring. The game is essentially flash cards with an added twist. But that didn’t matter to my nephew. He was immediately drawn into the game and racing his car around the track. It didn’t matter that math problems were the fuel that propelled our cars forward.
The game comes with 2 card decks. One deck has addition and subtraction problems and the other has multiplication and division problems. We stuck with the addition/subtraction set.
And, even though the problems are easy for adults, the game consists of an equal amount of skill and chance. So don’t think if you get all the questions right you are automatically going to win. Lady Luck handed me enough “pitcards” that my nephew zoomed past me despite missing a few flash cards. He was so excited that he WON that he wanted to play a second game right then and there.
I do think the game would be more fun and flow better with more than 2 players but overall I have to give this game “two thumbs up” going by my nephew’s reaction.
The game was definitely a confidence builder for him!
To purchase this game yourself online head over to kids-learninggames.com where you will find both the board game for sale as well as information about the pending online version.
- Challenge your child to race to the head of the class with the Flashcar board game
Age appropriate for children in grades 1 to 4, ages 6 to 12
- 1 to 6 players
- Includes 100 rugged math question/answer cards, colorful race car game pawns, game spinner, and 25 pitcards for added excitement
- Answer math questions correctly in addition, subtraction, multiplication & division to move around the race track game board
- Different levels of questions make game scalable to different learning levels.
- Made from recycled materials, made in the USA
Disclaimer: The makers of Flashcar allowed us to test drive this game by providing me with a copy of the board game for review.