At the Paleo game, children move with their body a prehistoric man or woman left or right who exists in a prehistoric world in order to collect falling objects thus answering cognitive or math problems. There are also various types of stimuli (numbers, food types, bombs, bottles with liquid related to stamina and to resistance to bombs), which are presented randomly.
The teacher can make this game as challenging as needed depending on children’s abilities by choosing among several levels of difficulty with regards to the speed of the falling objects or bombs that are being dropped by dragons and need to be avoided or even dinosaurs which are hungry and move towards the prehistoric man or woman.
Children must make coordinated movements and avoid dinosaurs and falling bombs. They are called to respond only to correct falling objects (go stimuli), and to inhibit their responses to bombs or unrelated objects (no-go stimuli). Thus, this game strengthens children’s cognitive ability of response inhibition and improves their executive attention and reasoning ability. Reasoning ability heavily depends on inhibitory control, i.e., blocking information irrelevant to the target and ignoring irrelevant environmental distractions.
The teacher can choose the learning goal of this game, i.e. food types, multiples of specific number as well as whether the game will be played with lives or not, thus adjusting the level of challenge for the child. An attack by a dinosaur or a bomb hit reduces the stamina and eventually causes the loss of a game life.
Ready to enter into a prehistoric world? Be careful to collect the correct dropping objects and avoid bombs or dinosaurs!
Disable/enable background music.
Disable/enable sound effects while selecting an item.
I CAN understand that there are sounds when I choose an item.
I CAN select the “Play” button with my left hand.
Time to remain stable to select an item.
I CAN select the “Play” button, keeping my hand stable for 3 seconds.
Time available to complete the game. Disable if the student feels pressure.
I CAN collect 20 fruits in 1.5 mins.
Teachers can select the character/avatar, which the student will control.
I CAN control the movements of the prehistoric man in the game with my own body movements.
Choose the language of the game content.
I CAN read the game instructions in Spanish.
The option of “Game Difficulty” sets the complexity of the stage and makes the game more challenging by changing the speed of the falling items. When bombs and/or dinosaurs are enabled, game difficulty option affects their display speed as well.
Adjust the game difficulty according to the need of the child.
I CAN win at a game in a hard level that demands good visual perception, full body movement control and good response to visual instructions.
Enable or disable game lives.
“Game lives” option is depicted by the stamina bar at the left corner at the bottom of the screen.
I CAN notice that I lose stamina each time I select a wrong item or I am hit.
I CAN play the game with game lives (stamina).
Enable/disable bombs in order to improve motor planning.
I CAN have better full body movement control when collecting items and avoiding flying hits.
Enable/disable dinosaurs in order to improve motor planning.
I CAN avoid the collision with dinosaurs.
This shows how many items the students have to collect per game.
I CAN collect 15 bananas.
This shows the different types of objects falling from the sky increasing the level of game difficulty.
I CAN collect a specified number of the same item.
Choose the type of exercise that the child is called to practice.
I CAN collect multiples of 6.
Item categories allow teachers to match students’ skills with items available in the game.
These items can be changed according to the teacher’s preference and children’s needs for practising with items or math concepts (prime, composite numbers or multiples).
I CAN collect 10 fish.
I CAN collect 20 vegetables.
I CAN collect 15 prime numbers.
I CAN collect 10 multiples of 9.
Pie chart data & Statistics
This shows statistics on the number of correct items that a child collected, the wrong items, the missed ones and the success rate.
Also we can see the amount of time the student spent on the game, the correct and the wrong items as well as depicts the times each item was correctly or wrongly collected.