Busy Things is a great award winning online educational games and activities site that supports children’s learning from Early Years to Primary School aged children – making it suitable for children from ages 3-11. There are options for schools, nurseries and families. As my younger children are 5 & 8 they are the perfect ages to try out the Busy Things family subscription. The first thing you need to do is sign up and watch the 3 minute introduction video.
Maths Rockx is an educational app designed to help kids with their times tables via song. The idea being that by making it fun and catchy they’re more likely to remember them. Made by a primary school teacher who’d been teaching for 15 years who found that kids didn’t really know their times tables anymore and would teach them to her pupils along with beats and rock songs. I remember sitting in a classroom trying to learn them in that droney voice and struggling with the higher numbers so if your child is finding it hard to remember them it’s great to try new ways of learning.
My 7 year old tried it out with me. He really enjoys learning new things. The app itself is brightly coloured and looks inviting for children. The app covers timetables from 2 to 12 and has a different song for each number. You choose which way around you say your times tables we do 1x, 2x, etc rather than the other way round. They can either sing along with the vocalist for each song or just have the backing music once they feel more confident. The songs are easily recognisable from the likes of Pharell, Lady Gaga and Pink.
There is also a quiz to test them on the times tables once they feel they have got to grips with it or if you want to see which numbers they are particularly finding it hard to remember. You can set it to beginner or harder, which gives them less time to answer.
We thought the app was really great fun and a joy to use with your children rather than just telling them things you can really get involved, sing along together and enjoy helping your little one to learn. It’s great for kids just starting to learn them or to help reinforce them in the memory of a child who’s already learning them.
The app is available from the App Store or Google Play at £9.99 for the full version with all tables. Also available in a free version with the times tables seperately for 99p each.
*We were given the app free for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and our own*