If your little one loves baseball and needs to brush up on addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, Funbrain’s free educational Math Baseball game for school kids may be a homerun for you and your family.
Located at http://www.funbrain.com/math/index.html, the Math Baseball game is a great way to use your child’s favorite pastime to reinforce these vital math skills. The game is simple to understand and puts the child in the position of the player at bat, and he or she is “pitched” a math problem. If it’s answered correctly, the child advances through the bases or gets a homerun. Incorrect answers count as one out.
With its high degree of customizability, your child can progress from solving simple problems to “knocking it out of the ballpark” in more challenging “major league” caliber problems.
Students may choose to focus only one of the mathematical skills be selecting only adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing problems, or mix it up with problems from all four categories. Difficulty levels are Easy, Medium, Hard, and Super Brain. Children may also choose to solve algebra-style problems.
Two-player Math Baseball
Choosing two-player mode makes the free educational program even more fun, and uses a creative way to encourage children to practice the most challenging skills in order to win the game.
At the beginning, each player enters their skill level, so older and younger children can play together without one having an unfair advantage over the other, simply by selecting an easier level for the younger child.
Similar to regular baseball, the players take turns at bat and pitching, switching sides after the batter gets three outs for answering problems incorrectly. As pitcher, the player can throw a “fast ball” in the form of an addition problem, a “curveball” subtraction question, a multiplication “changeup,” or a division “slider.” In the nature of competitiveness, the child pitching will most likely discover the opponent’s weakest skill and pitch problems in that category to increase the chances of the batter striking out and ssuming a position at bat again, to increase his or her own score. This leads to both players receiving more personally challenging problems and engaging in more effective skill-building fun.
If your child is just starting in school or is struggling with these skills, this game may be a valuable resource.