I love educational games. My new iPhone is packed with them, and though the kids don’t use them often, I love when we need a bit of distraction and learning can happen in the process.
So when I was asked to review Math Blaster, a website of fun and galactic entertainment that happens to include math games to reinforce facts for kids up through 6th grade, I was happy to oblige.
And so were my kids, who were the real reviewers.
Two of my children have accounts to play, although you can sign up as many as six on one membership. My daughter, going into third grade, is the one who has a challenging time with math and really likes games to learn her concepts. My oldest son, who is going into sixth grade, has an easy time with math but often gets distracted and can use some practice to increase his speed and accuracy with basic facts practice. Math Blaster helps on both these counts.
The kids were immediately drawn to the cool graphics: slimy aliens, a weird-but-hip host guy, plenty of fun games that kept their interest yet were challenging to play.
They established names for themselves (Colin GreenComet and Maddy GoldenGalaxy) and built characters out of a great selection of body parts. Then they were able to choose from games such as Bolt Cruncher (my personal favorite), Galaxy Grand Prix (my son’s favorite), Oozami (this one’s tough to negotiate!) and Zapper. The website has a social element as well- you can play with other members, BFF someone (similar to friending them on Facebook) and send messages to friends. We did not participate in the social aspect of the game, but it seemed like a well-crafted and safe way to connect for kids, as long as they are monitored by parents.
My opinion of the website is pretty high. It is designed very well and has a high level of creativity. Some of the games take a long time to load, even for my Mac with high-speed internet, but it didn’t seem to bother the kids, just yours truly. The kids had a lot of fun playing and there are a lot of different math skills to practice at differing levels of ability: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, geometry, fractions, decimals, percents, conversions, etc. The main negative I could see was that some of the games had little to no math problems at all to solve and were basically glorified video games. Those happened to be my son’s favorite games. Figures!
Overall, though, I found the website to be engaging and entertaining for my kids, and yet hard enough to keep them coming back to really try and master concepts and game maneuvering. My lack of coordination didn’t seem to faze them at all. Ha! Math Blaster is definitely worth checking out and might motivate your kids to practice their math facts, too!
One lucky reader of my blog will win a 3-month membership to Math Blaster!
Please leave a comment on this post for your first entry, tweet this giveaway or post it on Facebook to receive extra entries. Leave a separate comment for each entry!
The giveaway will be open until Friday night, July 15th at 9 pm. I will contact the winner by email, so please make sure I have a way to get in touch with you.