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Thinking Blocks

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Alternative approach to math has good design but little fun.

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THINKING BLOCKS uses a unique approach to representing sometimes complicated math concepts. The exercises force kids to think about each problem in a systematic step-by-step way, and videos and well-positioned hints help kids at each step (except when it's time to finally solve the problem, at which point the limited guidance is good but available only after kids enter an incorrect answer).

The site is clearly educational, but that's also its downfall. The alternative way to represent math might help some kids understand math better, especially if they're strong visual learners. Coming to understand something that was previously difficult can be rewarding in and of itself; however, interacting with the site feels like more work than fun, which might turn kids off.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, equations, fractions, multiplication, ratio, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, defining problems, part-whole relationships
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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