Making maths fun with Matific Galaxy

A toddler holding a tablet displaying the Matific Galaxy title screen.

Disclosure: this is a paid collaboration with Matific Galaxy.

I can’t quite believe that, come September, youngest will be entering her last year at nursery. Although this means there’s still a whole school year to go before she starts at primary, I think it’s never too early to get children enthused about key subjects.

She’s very much into words but doesn’t have the same enthusiasm for numbers… yet. So, when I was asked to try out Matific Galaxy, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to remedy that.

Matific Galaxy is a multi-award-winning program that makes learning maths skills fun. It does this via a series of games that cover all the key areas, from addition and subtraction to measurements and geometry.

A screenshot of Matific Galaxy.

Matific Galaxy can be played on a desktop computer as well as via an app available from both Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

I like that it’s available in more than one format as the former helps introduce children to using a computer mouse.

Understandably, younger children assume that everything is touchscreen, so learning how to use other technology is an added bonus. And, having made that point, I decided to start youngest off on the app. Well, one step at a time!

It’s amazing how much even the youngest of children understand about technology and so it proved here. She was soon whizzing through the first couple of levels.

This shows just how intuitive Matific Galaxy is. Even though she needed help with identifying the digits for some answers, she instinctively knew which parts of the screen to touch to submit answers, progress levels and so on.

A screen from a kids' maths app.

She really enjoyed counting fish and meerkats and threading the correct number of beads onto necklaces among many other tasks.

She also loved the animations between levels, unlocking achievements and earning back pixels a baddie had stolen from other characters!

As well as being easy for young children to follow, it’s very engaging. This is thanks in no small part to the narrative feel of the game. Not to mention the kid-friendly animations and sound effects.

This is no mean feat judging by other maths programs that we’ve tried in the past. Some have been too obviously educational while others have gone too far the other way. This has got the balance spot on.

I think that engaging children can sometimes be half the battle when it comes to educating them and Matific Galaxy really delivers.

A child's face reflected on the screen of a maths app.

Indeed, youngest had a permanent grin on her face as she played through the levels and clearly felt a sense of achievement when she got things right.

Another thing I really like is the parent dashboard. This enables parents to check on what children are doing well at, as well as areas for improvement. It can also be used to set weekly learning goals.

There are seven ‘grades’ to play through. Namely ‘Kindergarten’ – which I interpret as suitable for nursery and reception – followed by 1 to 6, which tally with the remainder of the primary years.

I’m really impressed by Matific Galaxy. It’s a fun, intuitive and educational program that youngest will really benefit from. I highly recommend it.

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Comments

  1. John Adams

    Last year of nursery! Good grief I cam remember your youngest being born! This is exactly the kind of programme you want to get her into now because she’ll be using simialr at school.

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