What it is: Math Doodles is a set of math games created by Daren Carstens that help students learn the most important aspect of math…it can be fun! Daren created Math Doodles as a place where students can “discover the joy, wonder, and fun of mathematics.” I have to admit that I would not have classified math as a “fun” subject. However, I think that math can and should be a fun time of exploration and learning for students. Math Doodles provides this place. Kids can interact with math by playing games like Connect the Sums, Number Jump, Polyomino Shift, Double Traits, Sums Stacker, Hydro Maze, Time Shuffle, and Angel Fish (coming soon). These games encourage students to interact with math and learning….and they are a lot of fun too!
How to integrate Math Doodles into the classroom: Math Doodles is a collection of amazing games for elementary school students. Students will learn through play (the best way!) Math Doodles would be an excellent math center in the one or two computer classroom. Students could play the games in teams or individually. In the lab setting students could work on skills specific to their individual learning needs in the math classroom. Math Doodles could also be used with an interactive whiteboard for whole class participation. Split your class into teams and take turns solving the games. Math Doodles games would be a fun way to start math class as a pre-thinking activity.
Tips: Right now Math Doodles games are only available in Demo version (since this version is free to use that suits me well!), but it looks like eventually the full version of each game will be available for purchase.