I’ve never been good with numbers.
If I had a choice, I would have taken the easiest maths subject at high school – Maths in Space or Garden Maths – as it was tagged back then. I didn’t care if people thought I was thick. I knew that I battled with the basics.
My parents had other ideas. Despite my protestations, they enrolled me in what was called Maths I. From day one I struggled. I was even privately tutored in Years 11 and 12, but it made little difference. I just couldn’t make sense of it all – words were definitely more my thing.
While I’ve carried my dislike / fear of numbers into adulthood, I’ve been careful not to pass it onto my daughters. I don’t want to see them go through the frustration and upset that I did at school.
With our at-home learning though, I do tend to favour literacy over numeracy because I naturally find it easier. When a company called Fun Comet contacted me about an interactive maths puzzle for kids, I jumped at the chance to take it for a test drive. I was keen to try something fun that would help expand the girls’ knowledge of numbers, in particular, addition and subtraction for my six-year-old.
When the puzzle arrived, I sat down with Miss Six and tipped out all 138 pieces. I knew instantly that this wasn’t your stock standard puzzle. We fiddled around with a few pieces, but I couldn’t get how we were meant to put it together.
I must have sounded like a right idiot when I emailed Fun Comet saying I wasn’t too sure how it worked. The thing is, there is no set way to put this puzzle together. There are hundreds of different combinations you can create.
The aim of the game, you see, is to add a series of numbers to equal a main number. If for example you have a six, then you can put a 4 + 1 +1 beside it to complete a shape.
I asked Dave to take a look at the puzzle and he figured it out instantly, of course. D’uh. He gave Miss Six (and me) a quick lesson and before you know it Miss Six was off and running.
She grasped the concept instantly and had a ball putting the number combinations together. She played with it for close to an hour leaving me gobsmacked. I emailed Fun Comet after half an hour telling them how fantastic I thought the puzzle was. I couldn’t believe it captured my six-year-old’s attention for that long.
Always a keen learner, she became proud of herself every time she created the right combinations to equal a number. She especially loved the space theme of the puzzle with its astronauts, aliens and spaceships. She was able to not only work on her addition and subtraction, but she used her imagination too. It encouraged her to open her mind and think out-of-the-box.
Any game that entertains my child for more than hour and is educational to boot, is a winner in my eyes. I’m thrilled Fun Comet is kindly giving away one Happy Calc maths puzzle to a lucky Mummy Wife Me reader.
All you need to do is share in the comments one of the creative ways you help your kids to learn their numbers.
Happy Calc is a unique maths puzzle for kids to learn their numbers from 1 to 10 in a space themed design. The puzzle is highly engaging and helps kids to think critically about their maths sums as opposed to rote learning. It allows for freedom to think critically and add the numbers together.
Fun Comet is the home of engaging entertainment for kids in restaurants and at home.
Terms and Conditions
– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).
– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Monday 12 September.
– Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday 13 September.
– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.
Mummy, Wife, Me received a Happy Calc maths puzzle in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
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