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As they move a marble through various tricky mazes, elementary schoolers practice a multitude of math, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and strategy skills. Absorbing, fast-paced gameplay.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
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An array of open-ended math activities rather than drill and practice. No fancy graphics or sophisticated design, but plenty of cute cats. Activities encourage exploration and focus on practical, entertaining application and creation.

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Jam-packed with math problems disguised as fun games. No fluff here, only games that require complex skills, student-made video tutorials, logic puzzles, beginning programming, and an amazing supply of word problems.

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Bite-size but meaty collection of math videos and games, with teacher and student materials. Meant to appeal to kids who don't like math, giving them a new way to look at concepts.

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Enormously popular sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity. There's no story; rather, players create items and buildings from scratch using materials they harvest from the world around them.

Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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Help Your Child at Home

  • As school gets harder, help your child get into a homework routine. Set aside time each day, in the same place, at the same time, for kids to do homework and to start developing organizational skills.
  • Talk about age-appropriate news. Encourage your child to point out main and supporting ideas in a news story, and encourage him or her to come up with synonyms and antonyms for key words.
  • Cook with your child to help him or her develop an understanding of fractions. Experiment with volume: Show that one third is more than one quarter but less than one half.