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My daughter (7) is one smart cookie - but like many young kids, she struggles with maths, particularly fractions . After a parents evening some while back, where the areas my daughter was a little wask in were higlighted to me, I set about finding ways to help her improve her maths at home, and came across this game of snap .
Now, most of you I'm sure know how to play snap - you take a dack of cards, and place them, one by one, face up . When two cards match - for example, two queens are turned up following each other, then the first to shout 'Snap!' claims the pile, and the one with the biggest pile at the end wins . Pretty simple, huh?
Well, this version is a little more challenging , as instead of directly matching numbers or images, you have to match two different fractions, percentages, or decimals that equate to the same value . For example 1/4 would match 25% , and would also match 0.25 .The vards themselves are a good size, printed on quality sturdy card that feels like it will last, and are colourfully and clearly printed. As well as cards being presented in 1/4, 25%, o.25 as used above, there are also cards that spell out one quarter, or show a quarter of a shape shaded.
I have to say, my seven year old daughter found the game challenging, and it was neccessary for myself and my partner to slow down a little to allow her a little thinking time as each card was turned to work them out. Initially she would guess rather than trying to work things out, resulting in a lot of incorrect guesses, and would get quite annoyed and frustrated with the game . A couple of times she even stomped off in a huff declaring it too hard, but with a little perseverence and encouragement she has started to improve a little, and is able to correctly match percentages and fractions most of the time, although she is still struggling a little with decimals. She has however started to relish the challenge and take a little more time calmly thinking of the answer rather than just guessing, and according to her teacher has also started to make more effort in class, thinking before she writes down her answers.
There are other ways you can use these crads too - perhaps lay out 4 or so pairs on the floor face down, and play a memory game where a child has to remember where the matching card is . I tried this with my daughter, but I suspect you'd need to be a little older really to remember where cards are are what they equated to .
I think this is a challenging and fun way to help a child who is struggling a little with fractions , and at less than £5, it is excellent value . I purchased mine from bakerross.co.uk, which also has other versions - times table snap, tell the time snap, - which can help with other areas of maths .
Overall, a great product - 5 stars .