Thrift Treasure: Fraction Action

Thrift Treasure: Fraction Action

I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite games growing up was the simple card game of War. Using a standard deck of 52 cards, you’d battle with an opponent each trying to draw the higher card with the winner receiving them all. Only when one person had all of the cards was the game over. What can I say, we didn’t have many fancy games when I was growing up.

One of the things I always see for sale at our local thrift stores are flash cards. Some of them well-used, but many like new or even still sealed. Probably a well-intentioned Christmas gift from a family member, but in reality not practical in today’s age of apps and computer programs. When I saw today’s Thrift Treasure feature sitting on the Goodwill shelf, I assumed it was just another set of cards. But what I discovered was a very unique twist on my old favorite – Fraction Action.

A variation on the game of War, Fraction Action by Game Geste, Inc. introduces fraction mathematics to this traditional title. Can you solve them? -

And like those forgotten flash cards, this one was still sealed on the outside and all of the cards on the inside were still shrinkwrapped. Not a bad find for only 88 cents!

A variation on the game of War, Fraction Action by Game Geste, Inc. introduces fraction mathematics to this traditional title. Can you solve them? -

What makes Fraction Action unique is that it doesn’t use standard playing cards, but a custom set of cards with mathematical problems that require you to add or subtract fractions which do not have a common denominator! It has been a while since I have been asked to work this type of problem in my head, much less under pressure of playing a competitive game, but here I was trying to remember how to quickly reduce fractions and compare them to each other to see which was greater. Fortunately there is a ‘cheat sheet’ at the bottom of each card that represents the approximate value of the result so you can easily compare.

A variation on the game of War, Fraction Action by Game Geste, Inc. introduces fraction mathematics to this traditional title. Can you solve them? -

And that’s where the real test is. Up against my 11yr old who is currently working with fractions every day in school, I found myself feeling a little rusty. It played exactly like War, but resolving each battle took a little longer since we had to figure out which was higher – 19/35 or 13/24 as an example.

Our copy was made by what seems to be a now-defunct company called Game Geste, Inc. out of Lincolnwood, IL. You might still be able to find copies on eBay from time to time, but I think your best bet will to be to keep an eye open at your local Goodwill or yard sale. That is, if you want to subject yourself to 6th grade math again!


About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as, and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

16 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Fraction Action»

  1. Nuno Santos says:

    6th grade math problems as a game… Not sure if I would be happy with my results…

  2. Sarah L says:

    I’ve always loved math games. My father taught me how to count playing cribbage.

  3. This is such a fun way for kids to practice fractions. Lol about being rusty. You are not alone.

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Fractions give me anxiety. I am dreading that my 3rd grader is learning them in school this year – this set might help both of us.

  5. This would be great for helping students covering fractions in school. I’d think they might think that math could be fun if playing a game.

  6. Oh dear. I HATED fractions in school…I’m not sure I would be a fan of this game LOL

  7. Willow says:

    I used to teach 2nd grade. This game would be too hard for them of course, but I know the kids that I taught would love something like this. They love hands on games where there is interaction.

  8. my little guys will soon get there where we will need these. It will be fun to learn fractions this way.

  9. Liz Mays says:

    What a great find. Fractions can be pretty tough to get the hang of when you’re starting out.

  10. Ave says:

    I really love educational games and this one is a perfect example of a terrific game. I’m not good at maths, but this sure would help me to remind how fractions work.

  11. This is great for improving those math skills kids need. I would love to challenge my sons with these.

  12. My little buddy needs a little help with math. This will help!

  13. Sojourner says:

    I used to love war! I forgot about that game. Fraction Action looks wonderful. I’m all about learning through play!

  14. Elizabeth O. says:

    What a fun way to practice fractions! It’s nice that we have cards games like this for kids!

  15. Lois Jones says:

    First, I absolutely love thrift stores. You never know what you will find and it is always and adventure. Second, LOVE the deals I find there! Third, how nifty on the flash cards! I think some of the “old fashioned” ways of teaching are still the best. A great game to play! I think I would be a bit rusty like you were!

  16. Flash cards are great visual aids for teaching. Man, fractions are hard. 🙂

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