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For those who know me well, they know that I am a math geek. I was hoping to inspire my kids to love math, but I am having trouble with my oldest. While looking for ways to make math fun for him, I was excited to find the website Math Blaster. Not only does this site encourage kids to practice their math facts, but it is set within a space theme which is my oldest son's passion right now.
My boys have been trying out Math Blaster for over a month now, and once they start playing they do not want to stop. At the beginning they had fun creating their own avatar, choosing a name, and spending time with their pet. In order to keep their pet happy, they are responsible for taking care of his needs such as feeding, grooming, and playing.
I have to admit from watching them play and trying it out myself, you can get caught up in the virtual world without ever trying a math game. There is so much to do on the site, it can be overwhelming. However, once they tried a math game, they realized how much fun it can be. Their favorite game, as well as my own, is called Hyperblast. In Hyperblast you can choose to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, or standard form. You also can choose how hard or easy the problems should be. As you play, you travel throughout the game in your spaceship trying to avoid any obstacles in your path until you reach an alien robot. In order to pass the robot you must answer the math problems correctly.
Another area they really enjoy is Morph Madness, where your child plays the role of a scientist, mixing ingredients together to create a formula which will turn other blasters into monsters. Since my oldest son loves science, this part of Math Blaster really caught his interest.
Final thoughts: My boys really enjoy playing Math Blaster. When they are playing, however, I do need to keep an eye on them to make sure they are taking advantage of the math games the site has to offer. If not, they can get caught up into taking care of their pet or else spending too much time in Morph Madness. While I do not mind them trying out these other parts of the virtual world, my main goal is to have them practice their math facts. Another part of Math Blaster I liked was their blog, which not only keeps you up to date, but also provides worksheets you can use with your children as well.
I do not like it when my children spend too much time on video games. However, at Math Blaster I do not feel guilty if they spend a lot of time on the computer. As long as they are brushing up on their facts, the time is well spent. If you are looking for a way to spark your child's interest in math, I would encourage you to check out Math Blaster. To get you started, watch the video below for a short tour of the Math Blaster World:
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