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Cool Math For Kids Review

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You are probably on this page because you want to learn more about the top resources available on the Cool Math 4 Kids website!

You want to help your student(s) eliminate math stress and develop academic confidence!

Well, you are in luck!

We have taken the time to review dozens of math websites and games to help you navigate and find the best information for your particular needs.

In this particular blog article, we dive into discussing the popular “Cool Math 4 Kids” which is one of the three websites in the Cool Math Games network that was started way back in 1997 to make math more enjoyable for people who thought it couldn’t be fun.

In case you want to check out the other two websites we have provided a summary of each along with links to read in-depth reviews… if your heart desires. 🙂

PS: Want more? Then, make sure to check out:

Cool Math Games Network Summary

Website # 1 – Coolmath-Games (Click to read detailed review)

Please note, although this website says math there is very little math on this site.

This is a brain-training site, for everyone where logic & thinking meet fun & games. These games have no violence, no empty action, just a lot of challenges that will make you forget you’re getting a mental workout!

If you are looking for an educational website with a stronger focus on the common core math standards may I suggest you check out Math Playground.

Website # 2 – Coolmath.com (Click here to read detailed review)

This website is for ages 13+ which includes explanations that are easy to grasp on topics like algebra, precalculus and more.

Although it doesn’t have many games the formulas, videos, and tools are a great resource for teenagers!

Website # 3 – Coolmath4kids (Detailed Review Below)

This math website is for 12, and under users, cool math kids is an amusement park of math, games, and more, designed to teach math and make it FUN.

Although not as good as Math Playground… this website provides excellent educational resources for both students and teachers in the K – 7th-grade range.

Cool Math 4 Kids Website Overview

Great! Now that you have a general overview of the three websites let’s dive into website #3, Cool Math 4 Kids, in more depth.

Cool Math 4 Kids is the education focused website for elementary students.

The games are well designed and show what common core math standards they are relating to. In addition, on the side are quizzes students can take to help improve specific concepts based on the game and common core math standards.

Our favorite part of this website is the manipulatives which are further discussed below.

Ok… Now let’s dive into the six navigation sections to help you better understand how to navigate quickly and best use this website.

  1. Math Games
  2. Lessons
  3. Quizzes
  4. Manipulatives
  5. Brain Teasers
  6. More

Jump to the end of the article to see the summary and what sections we believe are the best for your student to gain value and which ones are just a waste of your time. 

1.Math Games – Cool Math 4 Kids Navigation Section

Here you will find a variety of math games for K – 6th grade.

You can search this math games by grade level (K – 6th) or by topic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions).

When you click to play a game you will also find an additional lesson to the right relating to the game as well as the common core math standards at the bottom.

Cool Math 4 Kids - Math Games

2. Lessons – Cool Math 4 Kids Navigation Section

Under the lessons section, you will find a variety of lessons that teachers or parents can use to help their student master essential elementary math concepts like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions.

Each lesson includes a set of slides along with, games, quizzes, and additional lessons.

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3. Quizzes – Cool Math 4 Kids Navigation Section 

Under the quiz section, you will find basic quizzes for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Personally, I didn’t find this to be that great of a resource…

…but I love the fact that on the bottom of the quiz you can click on the link “Print This Quiz as a Worksheet”.

It ends up making a professional math worksheet that can be helpful for teachers or parents.

Math 4 Kids - Print math worksheets

 

4. Manipulatives- Cool Math 4 Kids Navigation Section 

This section contains 4 different manipulatives.

I think this is the best resource of this entire website.

Ten Frame: Ten Frame is an online mathematical manipulative that helps students develop a basic number sense through the composition and decomposition of numbers within 5, 10, 20 and beyond. Cool Math 4 kids 10 frame also helps students understand counting, addition, and subtraction. Most importantly, it allows them to practice mental math and to “subitize” – instantly see how many of something there is.

Base Ten Blocks: Base Ten Block (also known as “Base 10 Blocks” and “Place Value Blocks” is an online mathematical manipulative that helps students learn addition, subtraction, number sense, place value and counting. It lets them investigate how to regroup and solve problems with whole numbers and eventually fractions and decimals.

Overall, Base Ten Blocks provides a visual foundation for the abstract algorithms and we want students to use as they grow.

Number Line: Number line is an online mathematical manipulative that help students develop greater flexibility in mental arithmetic as they actively construct mathematical meaning, number sense, and understanding of number relationships.

Their number line also helps students learn to tell time, by showing how numbers intervals on a line correspond to minute intervals on a clock.

Patterns Blocks: Pattern Blocks is an online mathematical manipulative that helps students develop spatial reasoning. As students become more familiar with composition and decomposition of shapes, they start to recognize “patterns,” which is one of the most important standards of mathematical practice.

Pattern blocks is a versatile manipulative that can be accessed by students of any age for remediation or enrichment.

5. Brain Teasers – Cool Math 4 Kids Navigation Section 

This section has some great fun exercises designed to challenge the brain.

For example, the “Toothpick Squares” challenges you to figure out how you can move two toothpicks and create seven squares.

If you can’t figure it out, you can click on a solution to see what the answer is.

Cool Math 4 Kids Toothpick Squares

6. More – Cool Math 4 Kids Navigation Section 

This section contains a variety of other helpful resources such as printable flash cards, Polyhedra, and tessellations which I have no clue what they are for!

In Summary…

Cool Math 4 kids provide excellent educational resources for teachers and parents to help K – 6th-grade student improve their mathematical skills.

The math games are pretty well developed yet and connect to math common core standards. However, they are still no match for Math Playground.

The best resource on this site, in our opinion, is the Manipulatives.

They are well designed and provide a great tool to help accomplish feats such as mental arithmetic, spatial reasoning, and basic number sense.

Finally, if you want additional great math instructional resources may I suggest you check out my blog top 10 math websites.

What did you think of this review? Did I miss anything? What challenges is your student(s) having with math? 

Please let me know in the comments below!

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Todd VanDuzer

Co-Founder & CEO at Student-Tutor
Hello! My name is Todd. I help students design the life of their dreams by ensuring college, scholarship, and career success! I am a former tutor for seven years, $85,000 scholarship recipient, Huffington Post contributor, lead SAT & ACT course developer, host of a career exploration podcast for teens, and have worked with thousands of students and parents to ensure a brighter future for the next generation. I invite you to join my next webinar to learn how to save thousands + set your teenager up for college, scholarship, and career success!

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