Have ‘Sum’ Fun

Want to add some math fun to your next game night? Numenko is the answer. It’s the brainchild of Tom Lennett, a former barber from Glasgow, Scotland, who went searching for a game to help his daughter strengthen her math skills. When he couldn’t find one like he envisioned, he created Numenko, and launched it in the U.K. (it's now available exclusively from Daily Grommet in the U.S.) Numenko is played crossword style, like Scrabble, but with number tiles instead of letters. Players use the tiles, and the key multi-choice piece which morphs as needed, to create equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. There are two different versions. In the board game, players take turns making number sentences and can build off tiles already played by opponents. The goal of the board game is to get the highest score, which is tallied from each equation played. In the travel version, players work independently to build their own equations, and they compete to use all of their allotted tiles the fastest. In both games, multi-choice and free-choice tiles keep play moving fast. It adds up to a great time, plus it’s educational. We give it an A+.

Numenko

Math Tile Equation Game

Have ‘Sum’ Fun

Want to add some math fun to your next game night? Numenko is the answer. It’s the brainchild of Tom Lennett, a former barber from Glasgow, Scotland, who went searching for a game to help his daughter strengthen her math skills. When he couldn’t find one like he envisioned, he created Numenko, and launched it in the U.K. (it's now available exclusively from Daily Grommet in the U.S.) Numenko is played crossword style, like Scrabble, but with number tiles instead of letters. Players use the tiles, and the key multi-choice piece which morphs as needed, to create equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. There are two different versions. In the board game, players take turns making number sentences and can build off tiles already played by opponents. The goal of the board game is to get the highest score, which is tallied from each equation played. In the travel version, players work independently to build their own equations, and they compete to use all of their allotted tiles the fastest. In both games, multi-choice and free-choice tiles keep play moving fast. It adds up to a great time, plus it’s educational. We give it an A+.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Tom
    Tom

    Hi Daily Grommet fans, my name is Tom and I'm here in England excited that my U.S. debut of Numenko is on Daily Grommet today. Numenko started as a game that I created to help my daughter with her schooling. Over the years I would take it out and refine it and put it away again. It wasn't until I retired 4 years ago that my wife of 40 odd years got fed up with me being home all day and decided that I needed to do something to get out from under her feet. She suggested that I follow through with my idea of Numenko and actually manufacture and market the game.

    My wife, as usual, was right and I am pleased with the progress I have made this last last year with sales in the U.K. and Finland. Numenko has ended up being a product that is helping lots of children, and can be used as a family game which is something that helps pull families together. I am now looking forward to a new adventure in America.

    I am here to answer your questions today and I would also love it if you would come back and let me know how you got on with the game, what you used it for, and of course, what your high score is!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    12/1/2010 1:04 PM

    Tom, We were delighted to see that your debut in the US, via Daily Grommet, was enthusiastically reported in the Scottish press.



    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2010/12/01/glasgow-barber-hits-it-big-in-america-with-board-game-invention-86908-22754237/



    Launching Numenko in the States is exciting for us all!

  • Kate
    Kate
    12/1/2010 1:44 PM

    This would be such a great gift for my child's classroom! What a fun way to challenge their math skills!

  • Larisa
    Larisa
    12/1/2010 4:53 PM

    What age range is this recommended for?

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    12/1/2010 5:50 PM

    @Larisa: Hi Larisa, The board game is recommended for age 9 upwards, but it really depends on the individuals maths skills. Board version is more competitive and the bag version is more "child friendly" but both can be played at simple levels to more complex. Hope that helps. Regards Tom

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    12/1/2010 7:02 PM

    My daughter is a math major in college and LOVES all things numeric in her life! She's a great fan of games and I'm wondering if this would be appropriate and fun for a college student. Can you advise me?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/1/2010 9:44 PM

    @Nancy: Absolutely!! That's one of the great things about this game. It's challenging and fun for a broad spectrum of ages and abilities.

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    12/2/2010 10:59 AM

    @Nancy: Hi Nancy,Katherine answered your question as I was tucked up in bed, we are 5 hours ahead of you here in England. I wanted to reply also. I attended a mathsjam a couple of weeks ago which had everyone from engineers to maths teachers to professors of mathematics attending. I was the stupidest one there! I played them all at the board game and managed to beat them on the first game! I must have explained it too well because they all made a come back. Numenko turned out to be a game that is suprisingly tactical and a bit of forward thinking can save your bacon. If your daughter wants to challenge me! Remind her my best score was 174,832. Regards, Tom

  • VIctor K
    VIctor K
    12/2/2010 1:33 AM

    Hi Tom and Daily Grommet Team,

    As a fellow inventor, may I congratulate all of you and thank you for bringing this great product to our children. Tom, you are a genius for inventing Numenko...you have no idea how many millions of children you will help. Bless you.

    The beauty of Numenko is that it makes learning FUN...the basic/core element to help children learn anything. I will be buying one to donate it to my son's 4'th grade class plus will be recommending it to all his classmate's parents.

    You are in great hands by working with Daily Grommet and be ready to airfreight many shipments to them since they will not be able to keep them in stock!!!

    Daily Grommet Team...thank you for bringing us this great product. You guys ROCK!!!

    Cheers,

    VictorK

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/2/2010 1:53 AM

    @VIctor K: Thank you for your kind words! I know that they will make Tom's day as they have made ours. We look forward to getting those International shipments from Tom to forward to all of the very lucky children on this side of the Atlantic. It's an absolutely brilliant idea to give as a class gift, too!

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    12/2/2010 11:00 AM

    @VIctor K: Hi Victor, Thank you for your kind words and you have hit it on the button. The game was invented to take away the fear of numbers for a child. My earlier versions of the game worked BUT they were not FUN. My final version hits all the buttons. It is educational, competitive, and FUN. The in-a-bag version was created at the instigation of my grand daughters and that works even better for younger children. Schools over here are also using it for Special Educational Needs and pre school age children. This is a huge personal bonus for me as it is doing exactly what I originally set out to achieve. You as a fellow inventor know that sometimes no matter how hard you try, your dream sometimes never quite makes it, and when it does the feeling of elation is MAGIC. Regards Tom I have just plowed my way through the snow to the UPS depot with the next delivery

  • VIctor K
    VIctor K
    12/2/2010 3:26 PM

    @Tom Lennett: Hi Tom...all I can say is get ready for a thrilling ride since Numenko WILL be a hit due to its simplicity.

    One thing I would recommend is a tagline along the lines of: (NUMENKO MATH + KIDS) = (FUN LEARNING X 10)

    Take care and give a big hug to your smart wife who encouraged you to follow your dream. Follow Daily Grommet's expert advise and start developing your next invention!

    Cheers, Victor.

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    12/2/2010 5:08 PM

    @VIctor K: Hi Victor, The tag line I use at the moment is "it's the player that counts". You may be correct about a thrilling ride, I have had enquiries from mail order companies as far afield as California and Denmark. Remarkable the power of The Daily Grommet. Am working on two other mathematical games, I should have been born twins instead of goodlooking!!Slange var. Tom

  • Janine Werkman
    Janine Werkman
    12/2/2010 10:25 AM

    LOVE IT! Just ordered a bunch for friends and family! Many thanks!

  • DJP
    DJP
    12/2/2010 11:02 AM

    I just ordered two of these. This will make a perfect "hostess gift" when stopping by friends' houses this Christmas. A not too expensive gift that they will not already have and which will give them a lot more fun than a bottle of wine. Maybe I should have ordered more...

  • Christie in Florida
    Christie in Florida
    12/2/2010 3:36 PM

    I think the concept is wonderful and much needed in today's fast paced world of technology. Kids are not challenged enough to use their brains when it comes to basic math. This seems like the perfect solution to learning and reinforcing those basic math skills. I am purchasing one for our family and would like to purchase one for my son's 4th grade classroom. How many people can play at one time?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/2/2010 3:50 PM

    @Christie in Florida: The board game is good for 2-4 players and the bagged/travel game is for 2-6 players.

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    12/2/2010 5:01 PM

    Thank you for your promptly replies to my question! I'm about to order! Nancy

  • Dean Sanderson
    Dean Sanderson
    12/5/2010 1:29 PM

    Good evening Daily Grommet, at last i can see this great game spreading around the world, my daughters have been using this game in there maths lessons for just over a year here in England,It has had a great effect/success on there learning and understanding of maths. they find it fun and don't even know that they are learning at the same time. Their school now lets half the class play the game whilst the remainder do the lesson then they switch halfway through the lesson. It's a great idea and about time a game was designed for the family instead of time wasted on the video game consols. keep up the good work!!

    Good Luck Tom!

  • Jill
    Jill
    11/21/2011 2:17 PM

    Have you, or will you be making an iphone app for this game?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/21/2011 2:26 PM

    @Jill: He is working on it!

  • acey
    acey
    12/3/2011 11:20 AM

    Hi - what are the differences in what is included in the board and travel games? I see they are for a different number of players (and obviously the board does not come with the travel game) are there different numbers of tiles in the two games? Or different tiles (as the age is different)? Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/4/2011 1:40 AM

    @acey: I am double checking and will let you know.

  • Tom
    Tom
    12/4/2011 6:10 PM

    @acey: Hi Acey, The board game comes with 100 numbered tiles, 40 Multichoices (operators) and 2 Freechoices (joker). The bag game has 100 numbered tiles, 50 Multichoices, and 8 Freechoices.

    Reason. In the board game players play off each others hands thereby requiring less multichoices than the bag game. In the bag game players are playing only their own hands, plus, there are up to 6 players.

    It took me hundreds of hours of playing the bag game to get to the right mix and combination of tiles.

    Hope this answer explains.

  • June
    June
    12/17/2011 3:50 PM

    Great way to make 'maths' fun!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Numenko

Math Tile Equation Game

Have ‘Sum’ Fun

Want to add some math fun to your next game night? Numenko is the answer. It’s the brainchild of Tom Lennett, a former barber from Glasgow, Scotland, who went searching for a game to help his daughter strengthen her math skills. When he couldn’t find one like he envisioned, he created Numenko, and launched it in the U.K. (it's now available exclusively from Daily Grommet in the U.S.)

Numenko is played crossword style, like Scrabble, but with number tiles instead of letters. Players use the tiles, and the key
multi-choice piece which morphs as needed, to create equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. There are two different versions. In the board game, players take turns making number sentences and can build off tiles already played by opponents. The goal of the board game is to get the highest score, which is tallied from each equation played.

In the travel version, players work independently to build their own equations, and they compete to use all of their allotted tiles the fastest. In both games, multi-choice and free-choice tiles keep play moving fast. It adds up to a great time, plus it’s educational. We give it an A+.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Tom
    Tom

    Hi Daily Grommet fans, my name is Tom and I'm here in England excited that my U.S. debut of Numenko is on Daily Grommet today. Numenko started as a game that I created to help my daughter with her schooling. Over the years I would take it out and refine it and put it away again. It wasn't until I retired 4 years ago that my wife of 40 odd years got fed up with me being home all day and decided that I needed to do something to get out from under her feet. She suggested that I follow through with my idea of Numenko and actually manufacture and market the game.

    My wife, as usual, was right and I am pleased with the progress I have made this last last year with sales in the U.K. and Finland. Numenko has ended up being a product that is helping lots of children, and can be used as a family game which is something that helps pull families together. I am now looking forward to a new adventure in America.

    I am here to answer your questions today and I would also love it if you would come back and let me know how you got on with the game, what you used it for, and of course, what your high score is!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    12/1/2010 1:04 PM

    Tom, We were delighted to see that your debut in the US, via Daily Grommet, was enthusiastically reported in the Scottish press.



    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2010/12/01/glasgow-barber-hits-it-big-in-america-with-board-game-invention-86908-22754237/



    Launching Numenko in the States is exciting for us all!

  • Kate
    Kate
    12/1/2010 1:44 PM

    This would be such a great gift for my child's classroom! What a fun way to challenge their math skills!

  • Larisa
    Larisa
    12/1/2010 4:53 PM

    What age range is this recommended for?

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    12/1/2010 5:50 PM

    @Larisa: Hi Larisa, The board game is recommended for age 9 upwards, but it really depends on the individuals maths skills. Board version is more competitive and the bag version is more "child friendly" but both can be played at simple levels to more complex. Hope that helps. Regards Tom

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    12/1/2010 7:02 PM

    My daughter is a math major in college and LOVES all things numeric in her life! She's a great fan of games and I'm wondering if this would be appropriate and fun for a college student. Can you advise me?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/1/2010 9:44 PM

    @Nancy: Absolutely!! That's one of the great things about this game. It's challenging and fun for a broad spectrum of ages and abilities.

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    12/2/2010 10:59 AM

    @Nancy: Hi Nancy,Katherine answered your question as I was tucked up in bed, we are 5 hours ahead of you here in England. I wanted to reply also. I attended a mathsjam a couple of weeks ago which had everyone from engineers to maths teachers to professors of mathematics attending. I was the stupidest one there! I played them all at the board game and managed to beat them on the first game! I must have explained it too well because they all made a come back. Numenko turned out to be a game that is suprisingly tactical and a bit of forward thinking can save your bacon. If your daughter wants to challenge me! Remind her my best score was 174,832. Regards, Tom

  • VIctor K
    VIctor K
    12/2/2010 1:33 AM

    Hi Tom and Daily Grommet Team,

    As a fellow inventor, may I congratulate all of you and thank you for bringing this great product to our children. Tom, you are a genius for inventing Numenko...you have no idea how many millions of children you will help. Bless you.

    The beauty of Numenko is that it makes learning FUN...the basic/core element to help children learn anything. I will be buying one to donate it to my son's 4'th grade class plus will be recommending it to all his classmate's parents.

    You are in great hands by working with Daily Grommet and be ready to airfreight many shipments to them since they will not be able to keep them in stock!!!

    Daily Grommet Team...thank you for bringing us this great product. You guys ROCK!!!

    Cheers,

    VictorK

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/2/2010 1:53 AM

    @VIctor K: Thank you for your kind words! I know that they will make Tom's day as they have made ours. We look forward to getting those International shipments from Tom to forward to all of the very lucky children on this side of the Atlantic. It's an absolutely brilliant idea to give as a class gift, too!

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    12/2/2010 11:00 AM

    @VIctor K: Hi Victor, Thank you for your kind words and you have hit it on the button. The game was invented to take away the fear of numbers for a child. My earlier versions of the game worked BUT they were not FUN. My final version hits all the buttons. It is educational, competitive, and FUN. The in-a-bag version was created at the instigation of my grand daughters and that works even better for younger children. Schools over here are also using it for Special Educational Needs and pre school age children. This is a huge personal bonus for me as it is doing exactly what I originally set out to achieve. You as a fellow inventor know that sometimes no matter how hard you try, your dream sometimes never quite makes it, and when it does the feeling of elation is MAGIC. Regards Tom I have just plowed my way through the snow to the UPS depot with the next delivery

  • VIctor K
    VIctor K
    12/2/2010 3:26 PM

    @Tom Lennett: Hi Tom...all I can say is get ready for a thrilling ride since Numenko WILL be a hit due to its simplicity.

    One thing I would recommend is a tagline along the lines of: (NUMENKO MATH + KIDS) = (FUN LEARNING X 10)

    Take care and give a big hug to your smart wife who encouraged you to follow your dream. Follow Daily Grommet's expert advise and start developing your next invention!

    Cheers, Victor.

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    12/2/2010 5:08 PM

    @VIctor K: Hi Victor, The tag line I use at the moment is "it's the player that counts". You may be correct about a thrilling ride, I have had enquiries from mail order companies as far afield as California and Denmark. Remarkable the power of The Daily Grommet. Am working on two other mathematical games, I should have been born twins instead of goodlooking!!Slange var. Tom

  • Janine Werkman
    Janine Werkman
    12/2/2010 10:25 AM

    LOVE IT! Just ordered a bunch for friends and family! Many thanks!

  • DJP
    DJP
    12/2/2010 11:02 AM

    I just ordered two of these. This will make a perfect "hostess gift" when stopping by friends' houses this Christmas. A not too expensive gift that they will not already have and which will give them a lot more fun than a bottle of wine. Maybe I should have ordered more...

  • Christie in Florida
    Christie in Florida
    12/2/2010 3:36 PM

    I think the concept is wonderful and much needed in today's fast paced world of technology. Kids are not challenged enough to use their brains when it comes to basic math. This seems like the perfect solution to learning and reinforcing those basic math skills. I am purchasing one for our family and would like to purchase one for my son's 4th grade classroom. How many people can play at one time?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/2/2010 3:50 PM

    @Christie in Florida: The board game is good for 2-4 players and the bagged/travel game is for 2-6 players.

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    12/2/2010 5:01 PM

    Thank you for your promptly replies to my question! I'm about to order! Nancy

  • Dean Sanderson
    Dean Sanderson
    12/5/2010 1:29 PM

    Good evening Daily Grommet, at last i can see this great game spreading around the world, my daughters have been using this game in there maths lessons for just over a year here in England,It has had a great effect/success on there learning and understanding of maths. they find it fun and don't even know that they are learning at the same time. Their school now lets half the class play the game whilst the remainder do the lesson then they switch halfway through the lesson. It's a great idea and about time a game was designed for the family instead of time wasted on the video game consols. keep up the good work!!

    Good Luck Tom!

  • Jill
    Jill
    11/21/2011 2:17 PM

    Have you, or will you be making an iphone app for this game?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/21/2011 2:26 PM

    @Jill: He is working on it!

  • acey
    acey
    12/3/2011 11:20 AM

    Hi - what are the differences in what is included in the board and travel games? I see they are for a different number of players (and obviously the board does not come with the travel game) are there different numbers of tiles in the two games? Or different tiles (as the age is different)? Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/4/2011 1:40 AM

    @acey: I am double checking and will let you know.

  • Tom
    Tom
    12/4/2011 6:10 PM

    @acey: Hi Acey, The board game comes with 100 numbered tiles, 40 Multichoices (operators) and 2 Freechoices (joker). The bag game has 100 numbered tiles, 50 Multichoices, and 8 Freechoices.

    Reason. In the board game players play off each others hands thereby requiring less multichoices than the bag game. In the bag game players are playing only their own hands, plus, there are up to 6 players.

    It took me hundreds of hours of playing the bag game to get to the right mix and combination of tiles.

    Hope this answer explains.

  • June
    June
    12/17/2011 3:50 PM

    Great way to make 'maths' fun!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.