Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review and Giveaway: Math Blaster, a Fun Virtual World Where Kids Learn Math!

My 7-year-olds recently had the opportunity to try out an online game called Math Blaster! Now, I’m “game” for any product that’s going to help make math fun, but will kids go for it? The answer in our household is a resounding “Yes!” My boys unequivocally love Math Blaster!


So, what is Math Blaster? Here’s a description from the company:
For more than 15 years, Knowledge Adventure has set the standard in kids’ software by creating the finest educational products for use in the home and the classroom. In addition to www.JumpStart.com, we have launched our next browser-based virtual world at www.MathBlaster.com for kids ages 6-12. Kids can create avatars called Blasters for themselves as they become the newest cadets at Blaster Academy. After completing arcade-style math challenges and racing through high-speed missions, they become members of the Intergalactic Space Patrol and explore a futuristic world, voyage to strange new planets and discover wacky alien races, all while practicing their math skills. This site was just launched in January 2011, and we continue to add more challenges, planets, and math games.

My boys had a “blast” creating their avatar and then exploring all of the games on the site. Since they’re just in first grade, they stuck mainly to the levels that used addition and subtraction, but multiplication, division and higher levels are also available. Some of the games also help children solve problems through logical thinking. When I asked my son Caleb what his favorite game was on the site, he said, “Racing!” From a parenting standpoint, I could really see how their math skills were improving. One game, for example, required them to solve addition problems quickly before the time ran out. The first few times they played it, they were soon out of time. But as they played it more and more, they got faster at solving the problems and extending their time. It was great to see that they were actually memorizing the answers without the typical “finger-counting” that kids often resort to when they’re first learning addition and subtraction. I can see where this would also be very useful in learning multiplication tables.

But, of course, the best thing about Math Blaster is that kids learn while they’re having a great time! I was afraid that my boys would be reluctant to play because it is a “learning game,” but this time I’m happy to have been completely wrong. They’re accustomed to playing (and enjoying) learning games at school, so they very willingly played this at home and wanted to play as long as they could.

If you have a child between the ages of six and twelve, I hope you’ll sign them up at www.MathBlaster.com. (If you already have a JumpStart account, you can use the same login and password!) You can play online for free or upgrade to a Math Blaster membership, which gives you complete access to MathBlaster.com (for even more games and bonus material), JumpStart.com and 4 downloadable games! You can pay by the month (only $7.99), the year, or a lifetime membership! It’s definitely worth it to help your child improve his or her math skills and provide entertainment, too!




Math Blaster

LINKS

Website: www.MathBlaster.com
Blog (for info on latest additions to the game): http://blog.mathblaster.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MathBlaster

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a complimentary three-month full membership to www.MathBlaster.com! To enter, just leave a comment sharing who in your household would love to play Math Blaster! You must do this to enter the giveaway.

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One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 11:59 PM ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open to US residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, FreeIndeed!



DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a membership good for Math Blaster and JumpStart at no cost by Knowledge Adventure in order to test the products’ abilities and give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

35 comments:

  1. My daughter would love to play Mathblaster.

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  6. My sons would love to try Math Blaster. They already have Jumpstart and really like it so I know they would love this program too.

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  18. My husband would love to play this with my son. Thanks!
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  26. Would play with my son! He loves Jumpstart..sure he'd love mathblasters as well!

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  27. My 7 year old son would love to play Mathblaster.

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