Mystery Math Museum
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mystery Math Museum is a fun game that provides students with practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Kids explore the rooms of museums to collect numbers; they use these numbers to complete math equations to move from one room to another. Parents can customize the game by selecting the operations and ranges of numbers that will be used in the game. Parents also need to know that the game does not provide feedback to students for incorrect answers. If a kid has trouble with a particular math concept, the game won't provide any instruction to help teach or remediate it.
What's it about?
MYSTERY MATH MUSEUM is a game wherein kids navigate through a series of museums to collect dragonflies. To move among the rooms of a museum, you must collect numbers and then use these to complete blank equations using the four basic operations. For example, you might collect the numbers 3, 4, 6, and 7 and then complete the equation "___ + ___ = 10." When you correctly complete an equation, you can move to the next room in the museum. There are multiple paths through each museum, and there is often more than one correct way to complete an equation with the numbers you've collected.
Is it any good?
Mystery Math Museum is fun. Each museum has a different theme, and, within each museum, each room has a different theme. The complexity of the math increases with each level, and the different themes keep the game interesting. Every room is full of surprises. For example, many items in each room make funny sound effects when tapped.
One of the best features is that parents can customize the math covered in the game to select which operations and ranges of numbers will be covered. Questions frequently have more than one possible correct answer, which helps kids see different forms of equations that are equivalent to each other. The math covered in the game is good for practice and mastery, but the game doesn't provide any feedback or help if you answer a question incorrectly. In theory, a kid could answer the same question incorrectly an infinite number of times without receiving any support to learn how to answer it correctly. You do get three "lifelines" so you can skip a question, but that only advances you to the next room and doesn't help you find or understand a correct answer. Kids who struggle may do better with apps that offer more feedback.
Families can talk about...
Customize the skills used in the app to a level appropriate for your kid.
Talk about math and numbers as you go about your day, solving backward problems. For example, "I need to choose five fruits for your school snacks this week. How many ways can you make five?"