As much as we’d like to say that we had this grand plan for the success of Finska in schools, that wouldn’t quite be accurate. Truth be told, schools discovered Finska and encouraged us to help introduce the game and spread the word. We’ve since discovered that what makes it special is the combination of strategy, mental arithmetic, and outdoor active play that supports educational objectives in a fun positive way. The kids think they’re just having fun. The teachers know better. It’s good fun but also a genuinely good way of reinforcing what’s learned in the classroom via non-threatening competitive exercise. That’s win-win and supported by the feedback provided by primary schools. “The class cheers when the Finska comes out. As a teacher, that’s the kind of learning activity that works for all of us”.
Finska in Schools
Introducing Finska at your school is easy. The rules of the game can be taught in the classroom first with “bums on seats” using the online version via smartboard. Once outside, we recommend students are paired with a partner and games are played two versus two. This helps develop teamwork and joint problem solving as the game evolves. Students are encouraged to monitor their own score but also to tactically react to that of their opponents. e.g if the opposing team are on 37, students must work out they need 13 to win and consider how best to achieve that whilst limiting the likelihood their opponents reach 50 first. In mathematical terms, Finska directly reinforces the mathematical concepts of addition, subtraction, likelihood and risk, one versus many and can be extended to support multiplication.
FINSKA IS A GREAT GAME THAT REINFORCES NUMBER SKILLS, PROMOTES TEAM WORK AND DEVELOPS HAND EYE COORDINATION.
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, NSW PRIMARY SCHOOL
Finska is a flexible resource that makes numeracy fun.
1. Traditional Finska - a race to exactly 50.
2. Reverse Finska - play backwards to reinforce subtraction.
3. Finska 250 - two throws per turn where teams elect to add or multiply their scores.
4. Junior FInska - reduce the number of pins or throwing distance for younger students. Optionally, replace the throwing log with a bean bag.
5. Finska activity sheets with number lines to assist scoring available.
6. Discounted Schools pricing available upon request.
MORE THAN 100 AUSTRALIAN PRIMARY SCHOOLS HAVE ADOPTED FINSKA AS A FUN WAY TO DEVELOP NUMERACY SKILLS THROUGH PLAY