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Make math fun: Apps that make learning simple

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Most children are scared of numbers. But what if maths could be easy and fun? What if numbers became your child’s best friend? Here’s how you can make math learning simple for your child.

SKIDOS Math Games

Make numbers fun

Addition and subtraction can be boring. But if the same can be taught in a fun way, children are sure to love it. Look at mathematics games that include attractive characters and interactive levels to keep children engaged for hours. This will also help your child to concentrate better on school work.

Get your child exclusive attention

Whether your child is in kindergarten learning numbers or a 2nd grader learning problem solving, it is not always possible for a teacher to give exclusive attention to every child in the classroom. A fun, interactive learning game will help your child learn at their own pace.

Bring maths to everyday life

Math is all around us. Let your child see it too. Encourage your child to use their classroom and gaming app learning at home. Can they help you total the grocery bill? Can they count the number of apples left in the fruit basket? Can your child keep a count on the number of times you get a phone call in a day? Simple, everyday activities that will make your child interested in maths.

Make math interesting

If your child loves to play online games, nothing could be better than educational maths games. These will help your child learn math in a colorful environment. Whether they like adventures like car racing  and surfing or cute characters like bunny rabbits and bears & bees, you are sure to find games that will interest your child and make math interesting.

Share the math fear

Like things we like, things we don’t like can also bring us closer to our children. If you too found math scary, let your child know. Share the funny stories. And then find ways to solve maths equations together. Select multiplayer games and share your tips & tricks. When education is made fun instead of a burden, children tend to put more effort.

Don’t make math a monster

Maths is important. But don’t punish your child if they run in the opposite direction at the mere mention of numbers. Let them know that it is alright to learn slow. And it is alright to not get top grades all the time. They should be able to look at it like a problem that can have multiple solutions. Instead of comparing your child to the math genius in their class, find mathematics games  that will show them the fun side of numbers.

Always encourage

Till your child finds school and education a ‘cool’ thing, you are in a good spot. There will always be challenges. Not all children learn at the same pace. Make sure your child does not feel isolated just because they could not score well.

Start with some fun math games at https://skidos.com/portfolio-coolmathgames-coding-games/[NS1] .

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Creative ways to keep your child learning in 2019!

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1. Play fun learning games

Let’s be honest. Nobody really likes homework or boring games that look just like homework. Kids love to play fun games. Rather than merely producing clumsily camouflaged ‘gamified’ lessons, why not put the gaming experience first and then embed the education. The result? Educational games kids actually enjoy.  Find tips to pick actually fun and creative learning games here.

For preschoolers & kindergarten kids, you can start with simple games that help them learn the basics- numbers, colours and shapes. When a child is actively engaged with the game, their mind experiences the pleasure of learning a new system. You can adapt the cool learning games by age.  Download the games on your phone or tablets.

2. Enrich their minds with Coding puzzles

coding kids creative learning

Yes, you and your kids can get inspired and interested in coding. Coding stimulates computational thinking and encourages creativity. Learning to code helps kids develop critical thinking skills as well as the ability to solve problems. Your kids can understand the coding logic behind their favourite games. The best way to start learning is by solving coding puzzles. This will help your kids foster an early interest in coding which is already a very critical 21st-century skill.

 

You can find some of the best coding games here.

3. Math Fun for Kids

Kids math games

Integrate math in their everyday activities. Start with grocery shopping, count the number of oranges your child helps you put in the grocery bag at the supermarket or the number of stairs you go up to the front door. You can start with small amounts and add a few as your child is ready for a challenge. 

In the new digital age, you can also get some cool math games in the App Store for your kids to improve their math skills.

You can find some of the cool math games here.

Online Educational Games for kids

What are our best online learning games for kids in 2019?

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In this article, we share with you the best online learning games for 2019 published by SKIDOS. Our platform grows every month as we add new games. Some of our users’ favourites online learning games are here:

1. Bike Racing is one of our most popular game available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

One of the most successful games we published last year was BIKE RACING. Kids fell in love with it instantly, and it helped them not only play like a real pro motorcyclist across the most exciting race tracks, but it also assisted in Mathematics and Coding practice.

What makes it so popular amongst kids is the fact that progression is smooth and entertaining. The game has 99 race tracks and the possibility to modify the racer’s gear, outfits and skills. Each level the gameplay becomes slightly harder, but not that hard to make kids give up on the game.

Math puzzles in the game can be adjusted to match the school curriculum and specific mathematics operations such as multiplication, fractions etc. can be chosen

2. Snow Race 

Similar in gameplay to Bike Racing, but the scenes are as cool as the mountain slopes in the game. The gameplay is more straightforward, so it can perfectly match with children between 4 and 10 years old. Here the educational questions are again for math and coding.

3. Bakery Game

Children can learn how to bake a cake with real ingredients. On top of that, the whole “Do It Yourself” scenario provokes their creative thinking, and the fun is guaranteed. In this game, the educational questions are within coding and maths as well, but the gameplay has many voice-overs to help children improve their listening skills and remember the name of the ingredients for baking. Who knows, they may want to help you next time in the kitchen? 

4. ABC Town and Fishing Game

        

These games help kids to practice spelling and pronunciation of the first 200 english words using phonetics and pictures.  It does include the math puzzles too. The cool thing about both these games is the amazingly cute graphics and the ease of the gameplay. Those two online educational games will match best for kids at the age of 4 and 5 years.

5. Rabbit Rescue and Flower Match 

          

Coming last but not the least as the best online learning games for kids. One is a very popular bubble shooter game which kids love and the other is based on a match 3 puzzle gameplay popularly seen in games like Candy Crush. 

Here the fun is to rescue cute Rabbits from being stuck in balloons and kids can advance in their trajectory by shooting to the sides and learning about angles. Best for kids from 6 to 11+ years age group. 

Now is the time that you go and download these five stars learning games for your kids and start their fun learning. 

More new games are being added every month. 

So expect news from us very soon 🙂

Go play and learn now!

You want to know more about how online learning games help kids and how to choose them? See this article.

 

Online learning games

Online learning games for kids in 2019 for safe, fun & quality screen time

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We understand how hard it is to be a parent in today’s world. Online learning is what takes over the traditional education and you wonder how can you help your kids with it. New technologies are developing faster than ever before. It’s hard to keep up, no matter how much of a tech nerd you are. Your children are a few steps ahead in adopting new technologies. You may have to make peace with the fact that your child will have some amount of screen time. But how to make sure that this screen time is safe and productive for your child?

We have put together tips for you to help you out, when taking decisions about your child’s screen time.

Problem with Screen Time and Internet

The internet is largely Ad based, and while your child is watching or playing a game suddenly a screen pops up with inappropriate advertising or content for your child. You really don’t want your child to be exposed to this content but at the same time don’t want to completely ban them from screen time.

How to find fun, safe online content for your kids?

Online mobile games are the most effective tools for combining fun and online learning. Learning through play has shown to have a positive impact on kids. Therefore, teachers and parents acknowledge and being use it as a source for quality screen time. One challenge for parents is to find educational games which kids also love without getting bored too soon. Most educational games are perceived to be less of a game and more of boring school work by kids. Kids don’t want to replace the casual games they often play with these educational games. 

Second challenge is to ensure these games don’t have Ads or inappropriate content.

Safe Advertising free learning games which kids never get bored off! Really?

There are 2 possible ways to make educational games as fun as casual games (Like Subway Surfer, Candy Crush, Bike Racing etc). One option would be to design games exactly like casual games, so that kids would enjoy the gameplay. The second option would be to put the learning into these casual games. Moreover, online learning with mobile games is kids favourite activity. They understand it as play and this instantly excites them and increases their motivation to learn.

How do I find these games?

Look for the below points in the games you download:

  1. The game should have gameplay which your kids normally like to play.
  2. The game should not have any advertising. Look at their description to see if they mention “No Ads”
  3. Read the reviews and ratings
  4. Show the gameplay video (if there is any) to your child to see if she/he likes it.

If your child likes what she/he sees, then go ahead and download the game.

We at SKIDOS build a learning games platform which follows the above points. It includes more than 24 safe, fun learning games. We add new games every month. In addition, games does not have advertising or violent content, they are designed as casual games kids love and have received a lot of positive feedback from parents around the world. 

We encourage you to try a few of our games and give us your feedback to support@skidos.com 

You can find our games in Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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Have online games changed the way schools teach?

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Online games are playing major role in children’s daily life. Teachers have always been struggling to grab the attention of their students. This is and has always been the biggest challenge in the classroom. Children are overwhelmed with a lot of information flow from all sides. This naturally leads to a drop in their attention span.
When it comes to acquiring new knowledge, there are few crucial points to think about.

Attention Span of the Child!

When a new learning concept is introduced, attention span of the child plays a key factor in understanding the concept. There are many experts who believe that children who pay attention in the early adoption phase of a new concept, tend to remember and understand the concepts better. Another crucial point is when practicing the use of the new concept. This is when a theory becomes alive.

Teachers wanting to achieve better results with their students need to be creative.  Look for innovative and attention-grabbing techniques of teaching and be patient of course.

This is the reason why many teachers have adopted game-based learning. According to many articles and researches gaming or gamification is the leading technique in engaged learning and intuitive problem-solving.

Gaming is not a new teaching technique. It has always been a part of it in one way or another. Game designers are inspired to solve the attention problem with their gameplay concepts. In other words, they learn from teachers problems and look for ways to help.

Online games can be good!

Online games include not only problem-solving questions but also social aspects. Many games have gameplay interactions,  discussions or competition with other players where social skills are used. Data shows that often children adopt gameplay strategies in real life. And refer to them as a navigating point when they have to solve a real-life problem.

Online games for kids for the last few years have a tremendous positive impact on children’s learning process. This is the reason why teachers use educational mobile games as a supplement to the school curriculum. In addition to that, parents have great use of educational games to assist kids who are under homeschooling programs.

Online games for school teaching

Teachers understand the importance of fun!

Teachers have realized that lessons need to be relevant and attractive to their students. They successfully include game/play interaction in the learning process. Many schools are already using games on BYOD tablets/iPads to supplement lessons and the results are great. Especially when it comes to the new tech generation kids. Children that experience difficulties with concentration (ADHD) or anxiety have shown progress in class thanks to game-based learning.

Teaching in school should be relevant with the time we live in. School teaching should also include critical thinking, questioning the concepts, applying them to new concepts to co-create new knowledge.

Ultimately schools should teach how ideas can be generated, navigated and executed.In the era of constant change, where the speed of innovation has no limits, our children have to get the best out of school education. School teachers understand the need for online games to help children be up to date with the time we live in. Therefore, both will go hand in hand in the future education.

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How SKIDOS helps your child improve in math?

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SKIDOS learning games are designed to let your kids play while they improve in key early skills like mathematics, coding, and reading. 

Learning is a journey and it gets more exciting for kids when they have fun. SKIDOS games are designed to engage kids so that they practice more and learn from the feedback given to them. Kids intuitively use the feedback in their decision making and problem-solving to progress.

SKIDOS learning content is customized to each child’s individual skill level so that she can progress at her own pace. We gathered data on how kids are performing with the learning content to support our statement that-

“The more kids play – the more they learn”

In the graphs below, you can see how kids are improving their accuracy in math when they play more. The graph illustrates that as they answer more questions their accuracy improves over time. 

Accuracy math levelThe Level presents the difficulty of the questions asked. Children in the group of Level 1 (4-5 years old) have in general good accuracy. They have a good command over basic counting, simple addition, and subtraction using different visual and audio tools in the games. They get feedback based on their answers and use this feedback to improve their accuracy by up to 3% points.

More interesting results are seen as the Levels get harder. There we can see that children improve their accuracy by a bigger margin. 

At (Level 3) below, children improve their accuracy by more than 20% points. This improvement in accuracy continues as the levels get harder and as they answer more questions at every level.

Based on this data, as well as our school visits and observations from testing with hundreds of kids, we can happily say that children who play SKIDOS Games get better while having fun with math. The biggest bonus to play SKIDOS games is that your child will not stop wanting to play more and hence learn (practice) more.

So next time your kids ask you to play games and want more screen time, you can be sure that with SKIDOS they will get the best out of game-based learning.

Kids learn better with SKIDOS

How can kids learn better and have fun at the same time?

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Kids are born curious. Asking challenging questions and playing with their imagination, they always try to explore the world around them.

But what happens when they start school? Why do we try to limit their curiosity and dictate information with traditional methods? Why can’t kids continue learning and playing at the same time?

Educators suggest that learning through play is, indeed, a good way of learning, regardless of the kid’s age and here’s how that works.

Playing makes learning more enjoyable

Playtime is strongly associated with positive emotions and kids become more open to learning when they have a good time. As a result, kids learn better when they have fun and the learning itself becomes more enjoyable.

Productive screen time is one of the best examples of effective learning through play —when kids can play fun games and improve their skills using smartphones or tablets.

Playing is an active learning process

One of the challenges of traditional education methods is their passive learning understanding. When kids play, however, they become more involved in the learning process. And as kids get engaged in learning, they learn better, instead of simply memorizing new information.

Playing helps kids learn in their own way

Every kid has their own learning speed and style. Playing is a great opportunity to help kids customize their own learning path. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, kids can choose the way they want to play and learn.

Learning through play is considered both a very fun and highly effective learning method. Parents and teachers should keep in mind that playtime is kids’ own time and it should be truly fun. Playing fun games with engaging learning content, kids can learn more and better.

Check out SKIDOS on App Store or Google Play to download fun and interactive learning games for free.

Mathematics skills for kids

3 Fun Ways to Improve Your Child’s Math Skills

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Practicing math outside the classroom can be a real challenge —especially for the little ones. Luckily, we’ve got some tips you can use to encourage your child to practice math (without making them feel bored!).

1) Make mathematics a part of your everyday life

We don’t often notice this, but math already takes up a great part of our everyday lives. Asking simple questions and making math a part of your routine conversations, you can help your kid be more comfortable with the subject, without even realizing.


Next time you’re out shopping, try asking your kid simple questions about money, subtraction or addition. You can also help your kid improve their number sense by using food, drinks and toys to pose quick math questions.

2) Create little games out of it

Kids love playing games. Turning everyday conversations into little games can be a very fun way of practicing math for kids. And the best part is that you don’t have to worry about who’s winning or losing!


Try focusing more on your kid’s logic instead of right and wrong answers. Take your time, ask questions to your kid, and make math more interesting and enjoyable outside the classroom.

3) Use fun apps with helpful math content

One of the most effective ways of encouraging your child to practice math is making good use of their screen time. Many traditional games that are loved by kids (and adults) such as chess or backgammon can help kids develop certain skills. Yet, using mobile apps that are specifically built for kids to improve their math skills can help children enjoy math even more.


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Instead of hiding math into games, you can help your kid play genuinely fun games with amazing learning benefits. When the gaming experience is truly fun, practicing math will be easier than ever for your kid.

Visit SKIDOS’ page on App Store or Google Play for fun learning games for kids and download them all for free!

The future of learning in Nordic countries

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Education in Nordic countries

Scandinavia has always been an advocate for modern educational techniques. Moreover, Nordic countries are at the top of the list judged on students’ performance and quality of education.

But what makes these countries stand out from the rest?

There are no standardized tests in schools. Education is based mainly on teamwork and sharing knowledge while applying school theory to real-life experiences. These could be some of the reasons why Scandinavians excel in education. 

Local schools educate the world’s top students and most innovative and creative minds. Since they do not have many natural resources, “brainpower” is the most valued in these countries. Additionally, governments are investing millions in this direction.

In the last decade schools in Nordic countries started using iPads and laptops in classrooms for all lectures. Especially in high schools and universities. 

Recently robots and machine learning are adopted by schools and universities. The innovation is easy to achieve with implementing various interactive tools and systems. This also encourages the motivation for active participation in learning and understanding complex theories.

Education in Nordic countries is aiming to give the freedom of students to decide their own development path. Teachers implement interaction with technology and actively encouraging using and understanding it.

The focus is now on how they can use technology for educational purposes for smaller children. And whether it could allow us to create a personalized learning experience for each student.

Svenia Busson had the chance to visit 3 schools in Denmark that adopted a modern way of educating its students. And she wrote all about it in a post on her blog.

Read more about it here.

Coding for kids

Skidos makes coding fun for kids!

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“Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs

It has been 20 years since Steve Jobs said these words, but not enough progress has been made towards it. Coding is only taught in higher educational levels or through special programmes, but not everyone has access to it. So we wonder why are people still resistant to this when there are so many cool benefits:

1. Learning is easier at a young age. It has been scientifically proven that it is easier for children to learn things than an adult.  Coding for kids on the age of 5 may sound too complicated and optimistic. However, the understanding of coding logical building is not that hard even for kids. 
2. Problem-solving and analytical thinking. Coding techniques help children to develop critical thinking skills. It teaches them how to break down big tasks into smaller and feasible steps.
3. Coding for kids is creative. It allows kids to create a whole world on their own and choose what paths and tools they use to create those cool things. And who doesn’t want to be a creator of its own game or reality?
4. Coding is the future. Programming is one of the fastest growing occupations. Coding for kids can build a ground basis for future understanding and of course expanding choices for future possibilities.

The whole world seems to be moving towards technology, so why shouldn’t kids be prepared for the future?

Skidos is joining in on this initiative and is working to offer children an easy and fun way to learn to code. Instead of feeling trapped and bored, with Skidos’ games kids have a lot of fun playing while they learn. Moreover, they develop new skills without realizing it. Intuitive learning approach for studying is not only giving the best results in understanding, but it boosts motivation as well. 

Stay tuned! New coding games from Skidos are coming out this month!