November 22, 2017

Math Blaster Review

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From he creators of the educational website, JumpStart comes Math Blaster a math game website (ages kindergarten to 6th grade) that lets kids build math skills, explore and play a variety of different style games all while learning math.  For example, Monster Mutt Rescue allows your child (Blaster) to adopt a virtual alien pet of their very own.  Each time they play the game your child learns the importance of caring for a pet and how to raise it.  My 7 year-old loved doing a similar game in JumpStart and here on Math Blaster too.

I am a big fan of JumpStart.  It offers a wide range of games and weekly activities that are engaging, full of lessons in math and reading, letters and numbers.  All of it is based on your child’s age or grade and all of it is fun.  My girls love to play it online or download the worksheets we have emailed to us each week in the JumpStart newsletter. Math Blaster works in a similar way.  You can add multiple players to your account (up to 6 kids) and create your own blaster and persona – boy, girl or alien!  Each journey on Math Blaster is a mathematical mission.  If you choose to raise your virtual Monster Mutt then you must first take care of your BFF’s (Blaster Friend’s of the Future) pets before your own. I think that is a great little lesson in helping others before yourself.  Math Blaster has a job board, Space Port and Math Academy where kids can accept challenges from other “blasters” and propose them too.  There are worksheets to download as well.  There are Mobile Apps for all consoles and four downloadable games.

My oldest loved that she could create her own cadet avatar.  She gave her pink hair, purple eyes and couldn’t believe she had the option to “alien” her up with leopard pink skin or some other hue.  She chose a fun space name for her and her Monster Mutt and was able to decorate her home pod too.  She thrives on merits and achievements and that is actually how to climb the ranks in the Intergalactic Space Patrol (ISP).  With each one your cadet/avatar’s uniform changes.  Games can be found by area name, subject or interest.  Kids can choose to blast aliens, spend their birthday week celebrating, use the safe chat type and menu to talk to friends, siblings or classmates (a special buddy code is used to locate other known players) or explore, race or do puzzles. There are a lot of options and ways to move about Math Blaster and that is what I love in particular.

Math Blaster is a great way for kids to dip their toes in online without worrying about them becoming involved in an unsafe gaming arena.  Parents can have peace of mind that that area is safe, fun and educational.  Kids of all ages will find a game or area they want to join in and play.  The Math Blaster blog offers interesting tidbits on the main characters GC and Max as well as featuring space history and the worksheet of the week.

Math Blaster offers free and an upgraded pay membership (monthly, annual, lifetime).  It is definitely worth breaking away from Jump Start to check out, especially if your kid is into outer space.  I’m happy we found it and now have a good math option for playing and learning online.

GIVEAWAY-  Win a 3 month membership to Math Blaster now! Just comment to enter.  Extra entries are given to those who RT it on Twitter (@VictoriaEMason) or ‘Like’ MPR on Facebook.  I will choose a winner at random on March 18, 2013.

 

MPR Rating: Four Stars.

Disclosure: I was provided with a membership good for Math Blaster and Jump Start 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.”

 

 

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