Accidental learning and toys

James Eadon from Captica, the games company that appeared on Dragons Den, believes toys can better educate children if manufacturers come together.
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Suprise! You can turn mathematics into a fun game – and vice versa.

One of our missions at Captica is to use such games and toys to educate.

School pupils can learn mathematics at all ages, from five and up, through ‘accidental’ learning. This is all about playing first, and having the mathematics explained afterwards.

Instead of being about dull sums and scary long division, most mathematics is actually about patterns and is as playful and creative as art.

Captica games, such as Culica – a cube game with pegs of four colours – can be used to teach mathematics in a cheerful, addictive way. The games can be solo or cooperative puzzles or multiple player social games.

Different games rules can be played on the Culica, and these can be used to teach different mathematics.

For example, CuWizard is rather analogous to Soduku, but is played with rows of colours instead of squares of numbers, and with six faces of a cube instead of a flat grid.

There are only two solutions to this puzzle.

If you are involved in education or mathematics in some way, Captica would like to hear from you. Also if you are a like-minded game inventor or manufacturer, let's team up and use games and toys to get kids learning and having a blast whilst doing so.

A new movement, Games In Mind, would do well to get kids, and indeed teachers and parents – all of us – fascinated in maths and science again.

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