StephenL: I saw on Twitter that you just launched a new Kickstarter campaign. Can you talk about the new math game? How does it differ from Prime Climb?
Dan Finkel: It's called MULTIPLICATION BY HEART VIsual Flash Cards. Someone described it as "the love child of Tiny Polka Dot and Prime Climb," and that's about right. It's a learning deck, like Tiny Polka Dot. The primary intended use is as visual flash cards for multiplication facts. The thing is, most flash cards are terrible, in my opinion. What's always been missing are solid visual that help you see what the expressions mean.
This deck uses three types of visuals: 1) skip counting/groups of, 2) arrays, and 3) prime factors. The prime factor colors are the same as in Prime Climb. Having different, meaningful visuals for multiplication allows you to practice your facts, but also connect facts to each other and to the underlying meaning of multiplication.
And once you have a deck of cool cards, it turns out there's much more you can do with it! There is the opportunity for games, puzzles, explorations, and for kids to have their own idiosyncratic observations.
So I'm excited about the Kickstarter campaign, and the fact that we'll be making these cards available to people! And the campaign funded in 22 hours, so it seems like there's a real interest from people too!
Now we get to continue to fund as we get the word out, and also to improve the product through stretch goals. I can't wait to see it out in the world!