Traditional way of solving problems in maths is probably the most trusted one. However, as a child grows, so is the expectations on his/her mental math abilities. One generally assume a linear graph of the mental math growth in a child as he/she goes into adolescence. As they move to higher classes, lesser is the time given for calculations. More arithmetic is included and calculations are less focused. In all, students are expected to perform average level calculations without depending on pen, paper and calculator.
First, we got to know what do we mean by Mental Math?
We will jump right into the definition but first, answer this, what’s 3 + 3 ?
Almost all of you must have given the right answer and most probably within 2 seconds without even touching a pen or paper.
The real question is how?
This is because our brain is already been trained to do simple calculations like these. It has already achieved a state where we no longer required special tools to do basic arithmetic calculations. This ability to mathematical calculations quick and without any help is called Mental Math.
Mental Math is our ability to do mathematical calculations in our mind without help of any device, such as calculator and mobile phones etc. The more we develop mental math skills, faster our brain will have the computational power. The level of mental math depends upon the amount of practice and the environment in which we practice our mathematical skills.
All in all mental math is an important skill and you cannot ignore it. The thing is not all are good enough to do the math mentally that smoothly, specially in cases of children with learning disability such as Dyscalculia. In such scenario, adapting a new learning process is a preferable strategy. If that even means starting from level 0.
This post has been developed keeping in mind the little learners who struggle in mental math. One thing that always work out well when dealing with issues in subjects like math is mixing it with fun. There are numerous ways of turning maths into a fun learning subject. One such is to present it to the kids in a form that they like the most.
Yes, you guessed it right! GAMES. May it be indoor, outdoor, board or mobile games. Kids learn while playing. They develop analytical, strategical and spatial skills while doing it. Keeping that in mind, we curated a list of Top 10 best mental math games in 2020.
1.) Prodigy Game
Prodigy game is the perfect example of ‘learning while playing’. It lets you practice concepts of mathematics in interactive way. As per description, Prodigy delivers a unique learning experience through an interactive math game where success depends on correctly answering skill-building math questions. Players can earn rewards, go on quests and play with friends — all while learning new skills.
The app mainly targets kids with age upto 6-12. Its user base comprises of over a million teachers and 50 million students around the world. Parents can monitor their child’s progress through the levels and understanding of the concepts. Teachers should allow students a 10 minute play in class as a reward of completing a task. This will motivate students and give them a sense of achievement.
2.) Matific Galaxy
This game is perfect for early learners developing an interest in numbers. Toonish elements in the app really makes it interactive for kids in kindergarten. Developer claims the game to improve the math scores by 34% by teaching core math skills in a fun, educational and interactive way.
The best thing about Matific is that it is curriculum aligned, sort of like doing homework in a fun way. Topics covered include: Basic counting, Addition, Subtraction, 2D Shapes ,and Measurement. Recommended for kids within the age group 6-8, Matific Galaxy is the perfect educational experience, combining fun and learning. Currently it sits on more than 10k downloads on Google Play.
3.) Toon Math
Toon math is the product mix of popular endless runner genre games and math as educational component. Players need to solve math problems while running and dodging obstacles to save their friends. Game features impressive mechanics, and the transaction from playing to solving math operations is smoothly done. The game tests automaticity of your mental math skills. The timer on game ensures that you put your mental math skills to work.
Amazing graphics and intense gameplay will let your kid hooked to it for hours. Toon math is the game for almost any age group. Toon math lets you play the game at your own pace. Toon math is available on playstore and amazon app store at the moment. More than 500,000 users play this game worldwide. It is sitting at 4.5 star ratings at the android playstore.
Links: Android Playstore
4.) Sushi Monster
Developed by Scholastic educational team, Sushi Monster is a fun game to test and practice your math facts fluency. Users need to solve a series of addition and multiplication problems by feeding the monster numbered plates of sushi. Players are given a series of product and sums. They need to build correct equations to feed the monster within the timeframe. Quicker they give the correct solution, higher the score will be.
The game tests more than just mental math abilities, players need to plan ahead , as the order in which they choose sushi plates will determine if they fully complete the level. Sushi Monster is recommended for children aged 6 and older. It is currently sitting at 4.0 star rating at app store. At the moment, Sushi monster have 7 additon levels, 5 multiplication levels, 4 rounds/level and 14 target numbers/round.
5.) Math 24 – Mental Math Cards
Math 24 lets you practice mental math skills with numbers and operators on screen with a single goal of making it to 24. The game have stage mode and speed mode. The latter tests the automaticity level of your grip on math facts. Graphics are although minimalistic but adorn the gameplay. The best part is that it tests an individual’s strategic abilities in maths. Kids can use different operator as per their strategy to make it to the 24 number.
The stage mode have 15 levels and 300 well designed levels with varying difficulty level. More than 100,000 users play this game worldwide. It’s currently sitting 4.3 star rating at playstore.
6.) Spacematics – The Mathematics Arcade Game
Space arcade game was a huge part of our childhood that we just can’t forget. We use to spend hours on those games. Rasofia games tried brining this nostalgia with additional ingredient of educational component i.e maths. While you’re stuck in battle , you are required to give quick answer to the math quiz thrown at you at your turn. Campaign and versus ar available to keep you busy. The game test mental calculation ability at every turn. The AI algorithm used wil ensure that the game stays challenging for you according to your pace.
Links: Android Playstore
7.) Hit The Button Maths
Hit the Button Maths aims at improving the mental math of 5-11 year olds. The game play is simple, all you have to do is to hit the correct against the asked question in a given timeframe. There are variety of levels included, covering topics such as Time Tables, Number Bonds, Division Facts and Square Numbers. Other than these, the four standard arithmetic operations are also covered: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. One good thing about this is that the questions are randomly generated. Hence, it is replayable as times as you want.
Links: Apple AppStore
8.) 10monkeys Multiplication
10monkeys Multiplication lets you practice your multiplication skills and become fluent at it. The theme of the game revolves around saving trapped monkeys by solving multiplication problems. The app is really engaging. The game becomes challenging as it progresses, by pace and difficulty level.
The game features 12 mini games to offer variety in practicing table from 2 to 12. The game is available in english, spanish, german and finnish. Close to a million players use this app.
9.) Monster Math
Monster Math is an educational adventure platform game that improves over 70 math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. The gameplay involves guiding the player by giving answers of math equations to kill monsters and obstacles. The best part of the game is the customizability. You can configure the level of the game according to the pace. It covers age group of students from KG to Grade 5th. As per the description of the game:
Monster Math has something for kids in each grade in primary –
✓ Kindergarten – Basic shape recognition, add within 5
✓ Grade 1 – Addition within 10, 20, Subtraction
✓ Grade 2 – Two-digit Addition and subtraction, multiplication tables.
✓ Grade 3 – Multiplication, division. Two-digit add and subtract within 100, mentally.
✓ Grade 4 – Three-digit addition and subtraction, multiplication tables till 20, division problems
✓ Grade 5 – Advanced arithmetic, Primes and factors and Multiples, Fractions – equivalence, comparison and representation.
Developed by Makkajai: Math Games for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade, Monster math has been installed in more than 100,000 devices world wide. Its currently sitting at 4.0 star ratings on playstore.
Threes is an addicting puzzle game that test an individual’s mathematical strategic ability. Users have to make 3’s and it multiples by swiping blocks of numbers placed on board. Numbers are added when pushed against boundary of the board. Players have to make numbers under certain rules and conditions. As the game progresses, the steps become limited due to movement constraints. The success depends upon the player’s forevision in the game. Threes is a fairly popular game with close to million people playing it at the moment.
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