Tomorrow, 28 March, the new £1.00 coin comes into circulation in the UK. The good news is we’ve updated our Toy Shop Money game with the new coin.
Toy Shop Money is designed to help children, from 4 – 11 years of age, to understand UK money. There are two game modes; the first where children use coins to make up varying amounts to buy the toys and the second where they work out change. There are varying levels of difficulty and the easiest levels involve working out amounts with coins of the same denomination. The activities progress from counting out amounts with mixed coins to working out change from up to a £10 note.
There are also USD and AUD versions of the same game.
Remember to check for those old £1.00 coins in pockets and down the side of the sofa because shops will no longer accept them after 15 October 2017. The old coin is being replaced because approximately one in thirty £1 coins in circulation is a counterfeit. Below is a statement from the Royal Mint.
“The legal tender status of the round £1 coin will be withdrawn on 15th October 2017. From this date shops will no longer accept these coins, but you will still be able to take them to your bank. We would encourage you to use your coins or return them to your bank before 15th October.”
EDIT: Now available in USD and AUD currencies
We’re delighted to have just our new primary money game called ‘Toy Shop Money Game’. It’s suitable for 4 – 11 year olds and like all our maths games it’s tablet friendly.
There are three different game modes. The first involves counting out money using single coin denominations. The second mode is similar but uses mixed coinage. In the third game mode children are required to work out change from differing amounts up to £10.00. Each mode has varying levels of difficulty so that children can build upon their money handling skills.
At the moment the game features UK currency but it will soon be available in both AUD and USD currencies.
We’ve been busy making more maths games this summer and our latest Number Fact Families, is aimed at 6 to 11 year olds. Like all Topmarks’ games it is tablet friendly and it works brilliantly on an interactive whiteboard in full-screen mode.
It can be used as a teaching tool and as an individual game for children to learn the fact family relationships between addition and subtraction or multiplication and division. Three numbers are given and children are required to find all four number facts.
Addition and Subtraction: Up to 50
Multiplication and Division: 2 to 5 Tables
In both Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication and Division modes there are two alternative layouts, to meet National Curriculum requirements, involving the different position of the equals sign.
e.g. 1 + 3 = 4 or 4 = 1 + 3. The Addition and Subtraction mode the number selections may include zeros, again in line with curriculum requirements. All number selections are randomly generated so that the game can be replayed many times.
We would love to know what you think to the game if you have a couple of minutes to drop us a line. Try the game now.
We’ve just launched a new tablet friendly mental maths game called Subtraction Grids which is ideal for 6 to 11 year olds. There are two playing modes where a player needs to choose either one or two missing numbers from the grid to complete the subtraction calculation. Each mode has six levels of difficulty and questions are randomised so the game can be replayed, making it great for mastery through practise and ideal for children preparing for SATs tests.
In the one number game mode the position of the missing number varies. In the two missing numbers game children are required to find two numbers given the difference between them.