Summer holidays are coming – and if your children are anything like mine, they will need to keep their minds busy when school is out! I don’t always find it easy to dream up ways for them to do this, which is why I am relieved to have discovered MentalUP just in time – and having had the chance to play it, Stanley agrees…
Experts agree that the most effective and organic way to improve development in children is through play – and the MentalUp app contains a series of exercise that feel just like games to the children that are playing them. The app was developed by a team of doctors, scientists, academics and game designers, ensuring that every game challenges them, keeps their minds busy, and ultimately ensures that they have lots of fun.
So how does it work?
I’ve sat with Stanley while he’s played it several times now – and my favourite game is one called ‘Equalization’. It’s all about eliminating numbers you don’t need and collecting ones you do. Stanley really enjoyed it, completely unaware that he was practicing problem-solving skills as he played.
But that’s just one of the games… There are dozens with similar ideas, from remembering sequences of numbers, to matching patterns, to arranging letters in the correct orders. Each game helps children to practice different skills (focusing on memory, concentration, visual or logic) – and as the child progresses up the levels, the games become increasingly difficult.
MentalUp is used in 48 different countries worldwide, with over two million users. It has a rating of 4.8 in the app stores too, making it impressively popular with users.
MentalUp can be used on a computer, a tablet, or a phone.
It’s suitable for all children, adapting to their age, experience and performance.
Time is limited to 25-30 minutes per day, which is enough to keep their minds busy. I LOVE this feature! Stanley happily walks away saying he’s finished his slot, so no battles over handing back the laptop or iPad.
You can track your child’s performance with regular reports.
Where do you get it?
You can try the app completely for free for 7 days to see whether you like it. Head over to www.mentalup.co to sign up.
And if you want to buy the full-package, I have teamed up with MentalUP to offer a big discount. See below for all the details of the offer – and using the code 3056 with automatically apply your discount (valid until 24th June).
12 MONTHS PACKAGE
- List price: £71.88
- Current promotion price: £47.88
- Price with the discount code: £23.88
6 MONTHS PACKAGE
- List price: £35.94
- Current promotion price: £29.94
- Price with the discount code: £17.94
How to redeem the discount code (Android and IOS, Tablet and Phone)
After logging in, you will see the screen below. When you click on the buttons I’ve highlighted with arrows, you get to a screen with all the packages listed. You can then enter your promotional code.
Enter the code in the field and click “Apply code” – the package prices will then be automatically dropped.
Head over to www.mentalup.co – or download it from App Store or Google store. The app is available both for IOS and Android.