We love reviewing Cartamundi games, even more so now the children are at an age where they love to play and can really get into a game. So when Cartamundi asked us to review their new Fundels range of games we couldn’t wait to try them out.
Cartamundi Fundels are a really fun range of card games that are both fun and educational. There are currently four different games – a mathematics game, a languages game and two conceptual thinking games. But each of these games comes in two versions, either a standard or premium option.
We were sent the language premium game and the mathematics standard games which were great for LP as she is now in year one at school and constantly learning more about reading, spelling and maths.
The Fundels premium game – Writing Letters – comes in a bright and functional carry case. It includes two different sets of cards as well as a marker and instructions. The game is simple to play – have a selection of cards each and the aim is to write on the cards all of the letters that appear.
There’s a second set of cards that has four letters on it – and you take it in turns to write any letters on your cards that appear on this second letter card. LP loved this – just the novelty of collecting letters on her cards and learning new words was something she really enjoyed.
With two of us playing we found that it took us quite a while to fill up all of our cards with letters but it can be played with up to four players and is suitable for anyone over age five – although Little Man loved practicing his writing on the cards too. We all enjoyed wiping the cards clean at the end too!
The Fundels standard game, Multiplications, is the same principle as the premium game but comes as a simple deck of cards with four different games that you can play. This is a great pocket money option.
The game is aimed at age six and over and although LP is five and a half she really enjoyed practicing her multiplications. She’s only really familiar with two and three times tables at the moment but this was great for getting her thinking and helping her to understand the bigger multiplications too.
The first game is to share the cards amongst the players and each take it in turns to put a card down, shouting out the answer to the multiplication. Each card has the sum on one side and the answer on the reverse making it a really simple but fun game.
Another game was to all turn over a card and read out the sum and say the answer, seeing if anyone gets theirs wrong. This one was a bit tricky for LP but would be well suited to older children. Another great game to play was laying all the cards out, picking one and then picking others that had the same answer. A toughie but a goodie!
We all loved that this simple pack of cards had so many play options and could easily be tailored to different ages and abilities – the kind of game that can truly be enjoyed by the whole family.
Cartamundi Fundels are a fantastic range of games that have just the right balance of education and play – I’d even go as far as to say they really do make learning fun.
Cartamundi Fundels will be available from Tesco later this month and WHSmith from February. The Standard games have an RRP of £3.99 and the Premium games have an RRP of £9.99.
Disclosure: I was sent the above products for the purpose of this review and I have been compensated for my time however all opinions are my own.