Math Cats

Website review by
Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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An array of open-ended math activities.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 year old Written bydhudlow March 20, 2011

Ok for educational content, but not engaging

The content is not particularly engaging
Kid, 8 years old August 28, 2010
Kid, 10 years old November 18, 2013

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Subjects: Math: addition, fractions, geometry, graphing, money, multiplication, shapes
  • Skills: Creativity: making new creations
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love math

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