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DreamBox Learning Math

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
DreamBox Learning Math Game Poster Image
Online math game adjusts in difficulty as you play.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about arithmetic, number patterns, and other mathematical concepts in this online math game. A wide variety of themed games teach kids how to count, add, subtract, multiply, divide, measure, do fractions, and more. The concepts and games presented are categorized between kindergarten and grade 5; and the program automatically and dynamically adjusts the difficulty of challenges based on your child's performance. DreamBox Learning Math's thoughtful design of adjusting the material presented based on each child's performance makes this a great resource for teaching math in a personal and sequential manner.

Positive Messages

Kids can choose from 36 avatars representing all different looks and can even choose one who is in a wheelchair. As kids play in one of four game worlds, they try to help others. The game sends the message that doing math in fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The player is the main character in the game, but all others are supportive of the player succeeding at doing math.

Ease of Play

The mini-games come with great tutorials and it is easy for kids to play this game alone.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DreamBox Learning Math is an educational math game for grades K-5 that adjusts to your child's math competency as they play. It is played online without requiring a download, so it is available from any computer with a broadband connection. The game sends regular updates to parents' email.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 8, and 17 year old Written byDefeating autis... March 7, 2011

Great for K through 3rd graders

My kids love to play Dreambox. They ask for computer time and are learning math! Price is very reasonable, especially if you buy the 6 month package. I heart... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 7 year old Written byTomPo January 4, 2010

Love it and she is learning math!

I think this is a smart way to teach math to a child. The math lessons use fun and challenge to get the child learning.
Teen, 13 years old Written byjeaniyab October 20, 2016


on dreambox it has gaem

What's it about?

DREAMBOX LEARNING MATH is a subscription-based educational software game that plays directly from the internet with no download. It has a powerful recommendation engine which tracks how kids play through the educational content and adjusts on the fly to present kids with a math curriculum that it most appropriate for them. Featuring over 1200 individual math activities for grades K-5, there are millions of different paths a child can take. After parents create an account at www.DreamBox.com, their kids play by choosing an avatar and the theme of their adventure (animals, pixies, pirates, or dinosaurs). Then it is off to explore a cartoon world that resembles a board game where each math activity represents a space on the board. Depending on how a child does while playing a math activity, the game will offer new math activities based on past performance, so the game dynamically adjusts to the child's need.

Is it any good?

DreamBox Learning Math is phenomenal in adjusting its content to meet the needs of its users. Plus instead of simply clicking on right answers, the game draws kids into the process of making the right answer by utilizing virtual math manipulatives. Kids are motivated to play to move the story along. They also earn tokens to use at a separate carnival area full of wacky but educational games.

DreamBox Learning Math is serious educational software. The cartoony world is charming, but this is a game that is more about learning. It will work with all kids in the target range of 5-11-year-olds because if kids are good at math, they will revel in the challenges the game gives them; and if they are struggling, the game presents extra help and new ways to look at that difficult math concept. If appropriate, the game will quit the child out of a too hard activity (in a positive way) and present easier material. Parents will appreciate the Parental Dashboard, a special area where they can get feedback on how their kids are doing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which adventure the child went on: with pirates, dinosaurs, animals, or pixies. Why did you select the one you did? Did you like playing the adventure or the carnival games better?

  • Families can also talk about how playing Math Games makes learning math fun.

Game details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Subjects: Math: arithmetic, estimation, fractions, graphing, measurement, patterns
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth, work to achieve goals
    Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, deduction, part-whole relationships, problem solving
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($12.95/month ($59.95 for 6 months) for 1 child; $19.95/month ($99.95 for 6 months) for up to 4 children.)
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: DreamBox Learning
  • Release date: January 27, 2009
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: NR

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