MATHS GAMES from Logic Roots
MATHS GAMES from Logic Roots
Logic Roots, a company with ex-IITians, has come up with a series of Maths games for children of all ages.
Manufacturer’s Claims examined
“500% better Math. Up to 20 times more practice in the same time. Great speed, stronger fundamentals and no more silly mistakes in Math.”
We vouch for the fact that while playing the games, children do end up practicing Maths much more; they do not notice the time spent unlike in typical ‘rigorous’ methods like the parent quizzing the child or worksheets. The repetition in the games can also result in greater speed of calculations. However, we were unable to assess whether this will translate to fewer ‘silly mistakes’ as that can only be determined over a period of time.
“Trusted by top schools; DPS, Maharani Gayatri Devi School, Jindal and other top schools use our programs in their classroomswith great results.”
The fact that schools have managed to hold the attention of diverse students with these products does add credibility to the child friendliness of the products.
“Fun and easy to use.”
While we wholeheartedly agree that the products are fun for both children and adults, we would not categorise all as ‘easy to use’; some instructions need repeated reading for comprehension.
Age: KG-class 2 – We feel that this product is more appropriate for children up to Grade One.
Price: Rs. 899 – A little on the higher side.
Details: This is not a board game, it comprises cards that can be used to practice recognition of numbers and number names and addition up to 20 (in a typical ‘memory game’ format).
We like: The sketches and figures for the numbers and objects; Ravana’s heads to represent 10 is an example. The houseshaped wooden box for the cards is handy and attractive. The inclusion of Hindi
numerals is a nice touch.
Age: Grade 1 – 3 – Yes, this is the right age band for the product.
Price: Rs. 349 – quite appropriate Details: Players have to negotiate ocean currents and whirlpools to retrieve a treasure at the bottom of the ocean. This game enables practice of addition; wrong answers take you back to the start. Unlike conventional snakes and ladders, the numbers are not arranged sequentially. So players need to add and not simply move the number of spaces indicated on the dice.
We like: The 10-faced dice with 0 in it too – very attractive to children! And the rule that checks interfering, impatient players who compute and announce the answer before others; they lose a turn.
Age: Grade 2 and above – Yes, this is the right age band for the product.
Price: Rs. 499 – quite appropriate, given the bells and whistles in the product (two spinner dials, a wooden board)
Details: Players get to practice subtraction, while making their way across an oil spill and a slippery icy zone. The game is interesting, but may not elicit a ‘wow’ from children.
We like: Numbers are not arranged sequentially in this game either. This game also comes with a 10-faced dice.
Age: 5+ – We recommend this product for 7+ years.
Price: Rs. 360 – absolute value for money!
Details: Players test their knowledge of multiplication; they need to shout ‘Cheese’ (like ‘Snap’) when they recognize a multiple of the number being played (4 onwards) and gather ‘cheesecakes’ from the pit after recalling the relevant factors. Children find it much more fun to ‘practise’ multiplication
this way, instead of reciting ‘boring’ tables. The instructions are not very clear, but it is well worth your time to decipher.
We like: The fun factor; this game is ideal for a group of children to play together.
Age: 7+ – We recommend this product for 9+ years, up to those in their teens.
Price: Rs. 599 – quite appropriate.
Details: This is a Maths Scrabble of sorts; there are tiles for numerals, operators(’+’,’- ‘,’x’,’division sign’) and the “=” sign. Players need to form equations on the board to score; there are opportunities to double and triple scores too. While 7+ year olds can form addition and subtraction equations, they may find it difficult to play if they fail to draw an “=” tile, so we recommend this game for 9+ years.
We like: The challenge that the game poses for older children; that there is no leeway to exchange a tile if a player does not have an ‘=’ sign, this encourages persistence.
Pirates of Time
Age: Grade 4 and above – We feel that this game can be played by 6+ years (if the child is learning to tell the time)
Price: Rs. 549 – quite appropriate
Details: Woven around the theme of pirates capturing lands across the globe, players practice telling time on an analogue clock, converting time to 24-hour format and understand the concept of time zones.
We like: The gem stones that the pirates use to mark the take-over of a land; these colourful stones are appealing to children. This game provides lessons in geography as well as Maths, which is a bonus!
I bought Say Cheese and Ocean Raiders for my seven-year-old nephew. He likes playing the games and ends up doing a lot of calculations as he double checks my moves as well!
Manisha Agarwal, Bilaspur
My seven-year-old son plays Ocean Raider with his friends who are a year older. I have also bought Math
Builder, he plays with it less often. I think he will play it more when he grows up a little.
Rinki Goel, Mumbai
Online at Amazon, Sanpdeal and www.logicroots.com
You should be prepared for
• Either playing the games with your child or ensuring that some friends or neighbours come over to play; all except Outnumber are multi-player games
• Multiple readings of the instructions of some games – not all are clearly written (though the rules by themselves are uncomplicated)
• Motivating your child to persevere, especially in games like Math Builder
This range of Maths games really does ‘reinvent how kids practice math’ to quote the seller. If you have been saying “You must practice Maths” to your reluctant child, with these games, your child is likely to say “I want to play”, little realizing the Maths practice that accompanies the playing. Do not worry about your child outgrowing a game once she has mastered the skill – just pass it on to a cousin or
family friend or gift it to her school, the children are sure to love it. So go ahead and pick the product that is right for your child’s age.
- Ramya Gopalakrishnan