Let’s face it, for most parents, getting your kids interested in math drills is a tough sell, but Sushi Monster (by Scholastic) is an interesting kids math game sure to get their attention. This kids math game for the iPhone and iPad meets Common Core State Standards and will help kids increase math fact fluency in the areas of addition and multiplication, if played for at least 10 minutes a day, which shouldn’t be a problem because this monster math game is a lot of fun.
The Sushi Monster kids math game features fun Asian inspired graphics, music, and a crew of weird looking monsters waiting to be fed. Your ravenous monster pops up after a variety of sushi dishes are tossed onto the surrounded counter top. On each of these plates is a number. Along the top of your game screen you’ll see 3 things: Target Numbers, Number Sentence, and Score.
Your Sushi Monster wears a number around his neck and your child is given a couple of Target Numbers. It’s your child’s job to quickly and accurately choose plates to create an equation (using the numbers on each plate) to equal the given Target Number. The chosen plate numbers will populate in the Number Sentence box, and if your child chooses the right set of numbers, then the Sushi Monster happily gobbles up the sushi it craves; but if not, this rowdy monster shoves the plates back and it’s time to move on the next Targeted Number given.
There are 12 levels in total (7 addition and 5 multiplication). Each level has 4 rounds with 14 Target Numbers. Kids earn (score) points for correct answers, as well as stars earned (1-3) in each level, which depends on the amount of correct answers per level. This kids’ math game requires kids to solve equations in a certain sequence before moving onto the next level, but once a level is completed it can be replayed.
Each level becomes progressively more difficult. The Levels are timed, but they don’t count against your child’s score. If your child prefers no pressure at all, the timed component can be turned off in the Settings and if you find the music distracting you can turn this off in the settings as well. If your child needs a helpful nudge on math solving technique, there is a helpful “?” icon that gives a tip. Kids will earn trophies for completing the 2 game modes and also for collecting all 30 stars.
If it weren’t for the variety of weird looking monsters, this kids math game could quickly become redundant since there’s only 12 levels of multiplication and addition, but there’s plenty of things happening in each level to keep kids on their toes. And as far as math drills go, Sushi Monster is a nice break from the standard boring math drills that kids try to avoid like the plague.
This free kids math game makes practicing math drills a whole lot more fun and should be a good motivator towards increasing math fact fluency in the areas of addition and multiplication. Another great kids’ game for learning basic math is Monkey Math – Jetpack Adventure.