Math Cats

Common Sense Media says

An array of open-ended math activities.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Math can be fun and easy to understand with good instruction and practice.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Math Cats was developed by a teacher with more than 18 years of experience and features an array of open-ended math activities (rather than drill and practice). The site is ad free and is perfectly appropriate for elementary school-age kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • fractions
  • geometry
  • graphing
  • money
  • multiplication
  • shapes

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids won't be impressed by fancy graphics or sophisticated design, both of which are lacking. But the fun ways to explore math online and off are exciting on their own. And if math doesn’t draw kids in, there are plenty of cute cats to help.

Learning Approach

Activities encourage open-ended exploration and inspire an interest in math by focusing on practical, entertaining application and creation. Game design is simple; with a few exceptions, games aren't responsive or leveled.

Support

Games include instructions and some feedback, though some are still complicated. The free exploration philosophy should appeal to a wide range of kids, and there are lots of resources for making math an exciting part of kids’ lives.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • fractions
  • geometry
  • graphing
  • money
  • multiplication
  • shapes

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Kids can learn a wide variety of math concepts such as geometry, fractions, place value, multiplication, solving word problems, and using money. Kids explore links between math and topics like sports, the human body, building and construction, art, and history. With Math Cats, kids can learn to appreciate all the ways math connects to real life -- and that math can be fun and entertaining.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mieke VanderBorght

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Did you ever try to balance a fat cat with a donkey? It can't be done unless you try the magic scale at MATH CATS. There, you can multiply and divide what's on each side of the scale until balance is achieved. Try it with the planet Earth vs. a pyramid. There are plenty of hints and ideas to explore the relative weights of these unusual items. Next, try your hand at creating a virtual mobile. Click and drag to adjust the size of the arms, vertical strings, and weights.Then experiment with polygons, symmetry, and tessellations in the \"Math Crafts\" area, and -- with a special free browser plug-in -- explore MicroWorlds of interactive math (or art?) activities.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Wherever you go in Math Cats, it all adds up to creative, well-designed fun. The site is both educational and entertaining, which could help kids who aren't very fond of math grow to like the subject a little more.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the skills used in the games on the site can be applied to the real world and everyday life. Do activities like the ones here make math more fun? Why or why not?

  • Help your kids recognize instances when you use basic math in everyday life: while cooking, driving, or paying for an item with cash.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 8 years old August 28, 2010
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5
QUALITY
 
nice
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old November 18, 2013
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7
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AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!
Parent of a 6 year old Written bydhudlow March 20, 2011
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4
QUALITY
 

Ok for educational content, but not engaging

The content is not particularly engaging

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