What parents need to know
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
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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.
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.