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online math games for 9 year old. pref free

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DelGirl Sun 25-Jan-15 13:51:17

Can anyone recommend any online games for my 9 year old. Also good games to improve English. Tia

bruffin Sun 25-Jan-15 16:22:44

sporcle has some good games for mental arithmatic

bruffin Sun 25-Jan-15 16:22:59


Skatingfastonthinice Sun 25-Jan-15 16:57:05

DelGirl Sun 25-Jan-15 17:49:15

thanks a lot smile

Ferguson Sun 25-Jan-15 18:18:23

Coolmath and sporcle are both American I think, so you may need to make allowances for that.

These two are British, and reliable for primary age children:

I don't know much about these two, but could be worth investigating:

Madcats Sun 25-Jan-15 18:41:04

DD's school has Mathletics (which DD is encouraged to do at home).
Prior to that (when she had to pass her entrance exam), we'd bought a Doodlemaths app (£8.99 - so pretty cheap).

It might be worth checking with your school to see if they are using something before you buy.

I'd be interested in an English grammar game for 8+. DD has scope for improvement with her grasp of tenses etc.

DelGirl Sun 25-Jan-15 20:51:02

Thank you both. I saw your other post Ferguson ☺. I posted this as I think there must be little traffic on geeky stuff. All very useful info. Dd is in an foreign school and the English lessins aren't the best. She's fine really, but she could brush up on a few things.

DelGirl Sun 25-Jan-15 20:51:33


JoyceDivision Sun 25-Jan-15 20:54:04

Number shark

Ferguson Sun 25-Jan-15 23:20:44

You're welcome!

In view of that, I'll give you my other stuff as it may come in useful:


An inexpensive and easy to use book, that can encourage children with reading, spelling and writing, and really help them to understand Phonics, is reviewed in the MN Book Reviews section. Just search ‘Phonics’.


Practical things are best for grasping number concepts - bricks, Lego, beads, counters, money, shapes, weights, measuring, cooking.

Do adding, taking away, multiplication (repeated addition), division (sharing), using REAL OBJECTS as just 'numbers' can be too abstract for some children.

Number Bonds of Ten forms the basis of much maths, so try to learn them. Using Lego or something similar, use a LOT of bricks (of just TWO colours, if you have enough) lay them out so the pattern can be seen of one colour INCREASING while the other colour DECREASES. Lay them down, or build up like steps.


ten of one colour none of other
nine of one colour one of other
eight of one colour two of other
seven of one colour three of other


then of course, the sides are equal at 5 and 5; after which the colours 'swap over' as to increasing/decreasing.

To learn TABLES, do them in groups that have a relationship, thus:

x2, x4, x8

x3, x6, x12

5 and 10 are easy

7 and 9 are rather harder.

Starting with TWO times TABLE, I always say: "Imagine the class is lining up in pairs; each child will have a partner, if there is an EVEN number in the class. If one child is left without a partner, then the number is ODD, because an odd one is left out."

Use Lego bricks again, lay them out in a column of 2 wide to learn 2x table. Go half way down the column, and move half the bricks up, so that now the column is 4 bricks wide. That gives the start of 4x table.

Then do similar things with 3x and 6x.

With 5x, try and count in 'fives', and notice the relationship with 'ten' - they will alternate, ending in 5 then 10.

It is important to try and UNDERSTAND the relationships between numbers, and not just learn them 'by rote'.

An inexpensive solar powered calculator (no battery to run out!) can help learn tables by 'repeated addition'. So: enter 2+2 and press = to give 4. KEEP PRESSING = and it should add on 2 each time, giving 2 times table.

There are good web sites, which can be fun to use :

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