BrainSnack will work the brain and amaze the eye with 300 graded problem-solving cards. Whether it is recognising and completing patterns or finding mistakes and objects that don't belong, the appetite for more will grow.
BrainSnack is a resource that will stimulate and challenge young minds and introduce and develop a wide range of problem-solving and logic strategies.
What’s in the box?
This is a single-user CD - Site licence for multi-users available to purchase separately.
Flexible use within the classroom
BrainSnack comes in a very big box full of big shiny cards with problems that are supposed to challenge your brain. According to Prim-Ed, “BrainSnack will work the brain and amaze the eye with 300 graded problem-solving cards.” So, were my eyes amazed? Was my brain worked? Well, I’m not that important, so I took it to my very clever 3rd, 4th and 5th classes and got them to check it out. Problem-solving can be found as a skill on almost every Irish curriculum subject. Children are encouraged to use higher order thinking skills and these cards certainly require hefty problem-solving skills! The cards come under 3 skills levels (one to three stars). There are a number of different types of problems to solve. Before I unleashed a random problem on the children, I had a look through the “one-star” cards myself. Now, although I would claim to be a fairly logical kinda guy, I found a lot of them very difficult. I found a problem that suited our mathematics topic (division), which showed some chicks and a load of broken egg shells. The problem asked how many chicks were missing from the picture, (see below). The children found the problem to be challenging but they enjoyed the fact that the problems could be seen on the Interactive Whiteboard as well as on the card. I suppose it would be fair to say to say that all the cards have some relevance to the curriculum. However, it can be a little difficult finding appropriate cards to suit what you’re teaching. There are 300 cards with 3 levels of difficulty and from my own observations, they are pitched at quite a high level. I believe children would need some really good grounding in problem-solving skills before attempting the cards. As for the teacher, I think they also would need some good grounding in problem solving skills to solve some of the problems. There were several cards that I went through that I found incredibly difficult and some I just couldn’t solve. Luckily, on the back of every card is the solution to the problem and an explanation of how to solve to the problem. Furthermore, the software that comes with the pack is brilliant! They work really well on an Interactive Whiteboard and children can work at the board trying to problem solve. This is about as complete as any educational package could be. It comes with strong, robust resources (the cards), great software to support the cards, excellent teachers’ resources and good differentiation opportunities. There isn’t really anything else you could add to the box. BrainSnack is a challenging set of cards with super resources. However, the problems are very difficult and may be pitched a little too high for some primary school pupils (and teachers!) If a school needed a new way to teach problem-solving or had a very high ability class, this would be a worthwhile addition to the classroom.Anseo.net