We were recently sent a game of Lampogo 3 to review, from Roy Clutterbuck of Lightning Maths. Roy is a teacher and head of maths at a school in London and he set up Lightning Maths as a social enterprise, to make educational games.
My twins struggles with Maths
My 8 year old twins have always had a developmental delay, due to being premature and low birth-weight and this has meant that they have always been a little behind their peers at school too. Up until just before Christmas, both twins were on MyPlans at school and receiving additional interventions to help them in areas where they struggle. Fluffy was taken off of her MyPlan just before Christmas, which is a huge stepping stone for her. We hope that Tiny will eventually meet the targets needed for her to leave MyPlan interventions behind too.
Lockdown homeschooling has really highlighted the extent of their struggles, particularly when it comes to maths. Not only do they struggle to do the maths work they are set from school, but it doesn’t hold their attention either. A sum that would take another child about a minute, seems to take them 5-10 minutes and lots of frustration and rubbing out. We’ve had days where maths has lead to tears and tantrums and I don’t want my girls to suffer that level of stress when they are at home. So it’s important for me to try and find ways to make basic maths more fun and interesting for them.
Turning maths into a game
This is where Lampogo 3 comes in. Aimed at the 7-13 age range, Lampogo 3 is a card game, which turns addition and subtraction into a speed challenge against your opponent. This game is similar to a math version of Sudoku. You have to get the three sums on the card to add up using your number counters. You only have numbers 0-9 and you can’t use the same counter twice on one card. You may find that the number counter you have placed, is correct for one of the sums but wrong for another, so there is trial and error involved, as well as mental arithmetic. I think working on their mental arithmetic and number bonds, will really strengthen my twins relationship with more complex, written sums, which they need to do for school.
Playing Lampogo 3
I was a little apprehensive that the twins would struggle with Lampogo 3 but they were so excited about having a new game, that they couldn’t wait to get started. To my amazement, they got stuck right in. I did give them some guidance and tips. Like for example, if they are adding up to 6, they know they don’t need to use any of the numbers over 6 for that sum. I also told them to always start with the sum which had the smallest answer. The first few rounds, they needed quite a lot of support, but they soon got the hang of it.
To my surprise, Tiny won the first few rounds and ultimately won the match she played against Fluffy. Fluffy, not one to be outdone, decided she wanted a new opponent. She needed an opponent with a similar level of maths, as myself and Bunny would have been too fast for her. So… in steps Mike to play against her. Fluffy won the first few rounds but Mike soon cottoned on to how to play and he won a few rounds too. We ended the game so Fluffy won the match.
Both girls really enjoyed playing Lampogo 3 and have asked to play more games since then, so we have kept the game close to hand. On the days that they just aren’t up to a full maths lesson, we play a few rounds of this instead. It’s a really great game that has very much inspired an enjoyment of maths, which they simply didn’t have before. I believe this game will really improve their confidence too. It would be great for kids to play at home and also in schools.
Lampogo 3 gets the thumbs up from us. We would recommend it to other families with children aged over 7 years. You can buy Lampogo 3 from Lightning Maths.
We were gifted our game of Lampogo 3, but not obligated to post about it. All words and opinions are entirely our own.