Engaging games that children love

We know that pupils who enjoy their learning are more likely to practise and therefore improve. That’s why we’re committed to delivering interactive games for kids that offer variety and excitement to keep them engaged.

Sumdog's free games

Street Racer

Answer questions correctly to boost your car around the city and beat the other racers!

Great for: A simple game that’s good for younger kids or those new to Sumdog.

Chef

Feed the hungry people by assembling their perfect burgers as quickly as possible!

Great for: Requires a combination of speed and pattern-matching. Good for all ages, but targeted towards older children.

Goalz

Practice your goal kicking skills — aim for the goal, but avoid hitting those practice dummies!

Great for: It’s easy to learn but hard to master, suitable for all kids.

Cannonball

Use your siege cannon to destroy as many castles as you can!

Great for: Requires some aiming but not much precision, suited for any age that likes big explosions and rescuing chickens.

Pier Walk

Try to have the best costume when the time runs out by taking good clothes for yourself and giving silly ones to the other players!

Great for: A simple game for kids of all ages who like to be creative.

Engaging each and every child

Sumdog games operate independently of pupils’ skill levels. They can juggle the pile of junk on Junkpile or blast their way through castles with Cannonball!

It doesn’t matter which of our 25 exciting games pupils choose, or which subject they are working on, the questions adapt to provide an appropriate challenge for each individual. They can play against a robot, their classmates, or even other children around the world!

That flexible approach ensures kids don’t get bored along the way, which is an essential part of any engaging learning experience.

Levelling the playing field

The great thing about this system is it allows children of varied proficiency levels to share a competitive gaming experience on a level playing field.

A child with less advanced maths, spelling or reading skills can still compete with, and beat, children with a more advanced understanding. That not only encourages greater engagement with learning, but helps build vital confidence for less advanced pupils.

This is a fundamental principle of the growth mindset — promoting self-belief and motivating sustainable engagement with the learning process.

Rewarding engagement

Rewarding children for positive engagement is an integral part of Sumdog’s design.

Pupils are rewarded for accuracy, with coins earned for every correct answer. Incorrect answers result in the gameplay being slowed down. This encourages kids to take their time and focus on answering correctly, rather than rushing through without thinking about the challenges they are presented with.

There is no random luck or gambling element to rewards, every reward is earned through hard work and engagement.

Encouraging effort

Coins can only be used within Sumdog to decorate pupils unique Sumdog House, as well as dressing their avatar in a fun range of clothing and accessories.

The use of coins is limited to outside of school hours to keep pupils focused on their practice, though teachers have the option to open the house and shop during class as a reward.

Did we mention kids get an amazing digital pet to play with? When a pupil masters a skill, they are rewarded with an in-game pet, or a trick for an existing pet. This is a simple, fun way to reward children for and engage them with the valuable learning process.

“Sumdog is amazing! All the pupils love playing the interactive games and more so when they can compete against each other!”
Lynne McClelland, Teacher, Airdrie Academy

Supporting personalised progress

Behind our games is an adaptive learning engine that responds to individual pupil progress, providing a personalised learning experience that consistently challenges learners at an appropriate level – not too easy that they get bored, and not so hard that they become disenchanted.

If a pupil struggles with a particular topic, Sumdog will instead present new topics that allow pupils to improve in other areas, and return to more challenging areas once proficiency and confidence have been increased.

Consolidating for confidence

Revision questions help solidify core skills and continually build confidence, while new topics enhance fluency and reinforce learning.

Questions are repeated in different styles to help pupils recognise patterns and overcome misconceptions, eliminating the focus on rote learning experiences. This helps build confidence and reduce reading and maths anxiety.

Teachers reports will clearly identify any areas where a particular pupils may be struggling.

Creating a safe space

Online safety is paramount at Sumdog, so while children can play together on our platform, there is no way for them to send messages or communicate with each other inside the app.

Children can play with others around the world, but we never show their full name or school name, so they are kept anonymous.

They can however add friends in their house, and gift coins and store items to each other. We often hear stories of classes playing together to earn coins to gift to a classmate on their birthday!

Closing the attainment gap

Sumdog was founded to help close the attainment gap and ensure no child gets left behind. We do this by providing an engaging education through interactive games for kids that deliver a truly personalised learning pathway. While that’s built on a complex adaptive learning engine that evolves to meet pupils’ needs, our fundamental commitment is to make learning fun!

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Sign up for a free maths account with access to six games, a stranded report to identify gaps, adaptive questions tailored to each child’s level, multiplication table challenges and more!