The Maths File Game Show

 
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Entertaining, educational online game show.

What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that since this site is from the British Broadcasting Company, a few British expressions may confuse kids at first. Tell them not to be gobsmacked, because they'll catch on quickly, Bob's your uncle. There's no advertising on the site.

What's it about?

Ancient math all-stars Pythagoras and Hypatia are your clueful hosts to this entertaining and educational game show where you can win virtual prizes. Twelve games await you on the wheel of math fortune. Click on either of your hosts to spin -- or just select the game you want to try. Each game offers a different challenge. There are also printables to help reinforce what you've learned.

Is it any good?

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The prizes on the site maybe aren't so fabulous -- we won some replica Elizabethan dentures -- but the games are mad fun anyway. One favorite is "Builder Ted." He wants to fix a hole in the roof, but needs your help in arranging his bricks. Each has a decimal on it; can you put them in order? His responses throughout are funny, and the surprise at the end is perfect.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how we apply mathematical principles to everyday situations. For example: Can you calculate the average number of points you scored in basketball games over the course of a season? If you get 14 out of 20 questions correct on a test, what percentage grade will you get? How does probability factor into games played with cards or dice?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old June 20, 2010
 

A Waste Of Time

This website is so boring, I tried to get through 1 game, and I didn't even finish it.
Parent of a 6 year old Written bydhudlow March 20, 2011
 

Decent set of games that help with math

Nice collection of math related games. Funny raspberry sound when you get problems wrong. The game content is a bit dated which is why I didn't give 5 stars. Likely boring for kids that are older than little kids.
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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
 
This website is sooooo BORING! I could barely stand to get through one game! Do not go on this site! It is a waste of your time! It really stinks!!!!!!

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