I just might have mentioned a time or two on my blog that math is not my strongest subject. It was the one subject in school that I feared. I’m trying my hardest not to pass down my math phobia to my kids, so I am always open to finding ways to sneak math into our day. Knowledge Adventure asked me to check out Math Blaster. Since I have at least one kid who is highly motivated by doing work on the computer, I agreed.
What Is It?
Math Blaster is an futuristic space-themed online game which incorporates various math topics and levels. It is geared toward 6yr.- 12yr. olds. In addition, membership also allows you to access Jump Start, a virtual world for kids ages 3-10.
What We Thought:
I had my 9yr. old daughter test this game out with me. The first day she played, she spent most of the time changing her avatar’s clothes and hairstyles—lol. The next day she explored the various games available.
Here is a list of some of the games and the concepts presented:
- Math Facts (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division)
- Zapper Turret Training
- HyperBlast Training
- Alien Wrangler
- Fractions, Decimals and Percents
- Bolt Cruncher
- Place Values
- 3D Figures
- Bolt Cruncher
My daughter really enjoyed this game—especially the HyperBlast Training. I on the other hand, am uncoordinated. Most of the games required the use of the arrow keys to move. It took all my daughter’s self-control not to grab the keyboard from me while playing. Yes, I was that pitiful. I’m starting to get the hang of it now. 🙂
There are many areas of the game that I would consider time-wasters (ie changing your avatars clothes) but they appeal to kids. Obviously this is a supplemental math tool, so I can overlook those sections. I did however, need to redirect my daughter on a couple of occasions to go to the games that were math-oriented. If you are looking for a way to combine gaming entertainment with some learning, then Math Blaster and Jump Start are perfect options to consider.
Giveaway: CLOSED Math Blaster is giving away a 3-month free membership! This is for the online program—no physical product will be sent. The Details: Mandatory Entry: Was math your favorite subject? Why, or why not?
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*Giveaway runs from Aug. 16th – August 27th. *Please leave your email address in a comment or visible on your profile.
*Winner will be drawn by random.org and will be emailed.
*Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.
Disclosure: I was provided with a membership good for Math Blaster and Knowledge Adventure at no cost by Knowledge Adventure in order to test the products’ abilities and give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.