Maths Monkey's Quest

Rating Maths Monkey 4.0

  • iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 7+
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About Maths Monkey's Quest

Maths Monkey’s Quest is a fun game designed to support children in recalling and applying maths knowledge and applying skills.  A range of topics are covered including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages. There are four levels of difficulty in the game making it suitable for a range of abilities. 

Maths Monkey's Quest Review

Successful maths learning does not just come from knowing more aspects of the subject, it also comes from being able to apply what is known quickly and accurately.  Two challenges to building this fluency have always existed: the limited amount of time at school, and the often boring nature of constant practice.

Apps like Maths Monkey’s Quest address both of these issues.  In this case, it takes the form of a well-presented app with gorgeous graphics and jolly sound effects and music.  If you boiled the app down to its essence, it would be answering maths question after maths question.  Hardly what any child wants to do.

However, by adding the child-friendly graphics and encasing it within a mission to protect the monkey from the approaching worm, the maths becomes much more palatable.  Maths questions of increasing difficulty are thrown at the child.  Selecting the correct answer on the worm's segments sees the monkey lob a projectile at it, taking Maths Monkey one step closer to safety.

The maths questions are of varying types and often word-based.  You might sometimes find that a question's difficulty feels a little incongruous.  Being asked what number comes before another seems quite a distance from rounding another number to the nearest 10.

It isn’t clear whether it is something aimed for by the developers, but a widely spaced difficulty level can have its uses.  It is worth remembering that many children gifted in maths get the simple questions wrong in tests - overconfidence leads to not reading the questions correctly.  Children on the other side of the ability spectrum might be prompted to ask their parents how to answer high-level questions once they have the motivation provided by the app.

Children won't want to play the app all day, that isn't what these bite-sized maths practise apps are all about.  They won't, however, rail against fitting in that extra bit of maths practise at home.  They'll be building on their school-based learning by keeping existing knowledge fresh and quick to utilise.  They'll have spent more time developing their maths fluency without a dreaded worksheet coming anywhere near them.

App Details

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iPhone

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Skills

Critical Thinking
Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

NSW Department of Education and Communities

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