Math Playground

 

Learning(i)

Jam-packed with many types of problems disguised as games.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site demonstrates that learning can be fun and interesting in many platforms.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Google ads -- many but not all education-related -- appear throughout.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

There is no registration required to use the site, but cookies and other mechanisms are used to serve ads. There are links to other sites that may lead to mature content.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Math Playground is a site true to its name; it's jam-packed with math problems disguised as fun games. Created by a math teacher and educational consultant, there's nothing fluffy on the site. Games that require specific and complex skills, tutorial videos (made by students), logic puzzles, beginning programming, and an amazing supply of word problems are all here. This site requires the latest Flash Player and Java software; functionality will be missing if you don't have these. Google ads appear on every page.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • ratio
  • arithmetic
  • shapes
  • equations
  • statistics
  • fractions
  • functions
  • geometry
  • graphing
  • measurement
  • money
  • patterns
  • probability

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Clever games help teach math concepts, and there are so many games here that kids aren't likely to get bored. Organization is a bit confusing and there are lots of distracting ads, some of which may not be appropriate for kids.

Learning Approach

Many games are embedded with solid learning content, though some are better than others. Each game has its own score tracker, but there's no way to track overall progress.

Support

Because organization is confusing, help can be hard to find. A useful worksheet generator makes printable math worksheets. Games target kids with varying skill levels.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • ratio
  • arithmetic
  • shapes
  • equations
  • statistics
  • fractions
  • functions
  • geometry
  • graphing
  • measurement
  • money
  • patterns
  • probability

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic

Math Playground covers a lot of ground. Kids can learn about many math concepts such as arithmetic, fractions, decimals, ratios, probability, percentages, geometry, algebra, word problems, money, time, and even logic. Kids can also watch videos that explain some basic math concepts like prime numbers or finding the area of a triangle. Unfortunately, the site is poorly organized, so kids might get overwhelmed as they search for the best games; flashing ads only distract further. While it certainly has some gems worth checking out, Math Playground would greatly benefit from a good cleaning up and better organization.

This Learning Rating review was written by cassiechism

What's it about?

At MATHPLAYGROUND.COM, simple to complex math problems are cleverly disguised as puzzles, kid-focused word problems, and concepts illustrated with graphics. Not all of the content is in game format however -- drill and practice computations are plentiful, and video tutorials walk kids through math problems with voice-over and whiteboard-type demonstrations. Kids can send in a math problem they'd like to see in a video with just their name (first name and last initial), age, state, and a description of the problem. Timed flashcards and a template for making printable worksheets can also be found on the site.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MathPlayground.com might feel like playtime, but kids will get a real brain workout. The site includes a variety of problems covering algebraic reasoning, decimals and percents, multiplication, fractions, addition, subtraction, and logic puzzles, all to stimulate quantitative and methodical thinking. Due to the amount and variety of content on this site, parents may want to help kids pick a section that is relevant to their specific math skill interest or need.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between logic problems and math problems. Which are more difficult to uncover? Discuss how each person learns differently.

  • Families can also talk about other educational sites that benefit learning and where to find reliable information online.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bydhudlow March 20, 2011
age 6+
 

great for 6 and up, something for everyone!

Excellent website and links to some other good math software from this page as well. The games are good for helping kids drill math skills. There are a whole variety of games on here, like how shapes relate to each other and to math, word problems, etc.
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Parent of a 7 year old Written byamesisland April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Not sure why this says 6 and up?

N My second grader is good at math and I found this website above his skill level. Maybe I was missing the easier games. I would recommend for 4th grade an up?
Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written bykutt August 29, 2009
age 8+
 

Looks good, but for 8+, not 6 year olds.

This site looks great, but its not for a six year old the way the review states. My 1st grader is smart, but the simplest games here are definitely out of her range.

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