Bird Games Parent and Teacher Notes


These games resemble classroom activities where children arrange interlocking cubes in different numbers of rows and columns. The computer equivalents of these cubes are strange creatures called Cogiaid and your task is to guide them through a series of puzzles in order to reach the treasure room.

Bird's Games
Click on the cup sign to play the games. Help Bird get the Cogiaid to the treasure in the lowest number of turns. The Cogiaid have to travel through a series of rooms on their way to the treasure room and the challenge facing you is to make the rectangle or square of Cogiaid the right size so that it can move from one room to the next. Use the objects placed in the rooms to arrange the Cogiaid into right shape and size to get through the door.

There are 60 games. Game 1 is the easiest and game 60 is the hardest. The games are arranged in 6 groups of 10 games of a similar level of difficulty:
• Lava (1 to 10)
• Crystal (11 to 20)
• Desert (21 to 30)
• Jungle (31 to 40)
• Creepy crawly (41 to 50)
• Cog (51 to 60).

Games can be played in any order. The tenth game in each level is locked and you have to win a gold cup in the other nine games in order to unlock it.

Rotate Button
rotate button
Click on this (or press the space bar on the keyboard) to rotate the Cogiaid through a quarter turn.

Rearrange Button
rearrange button
Click on this to rearrange the Cogiaid into a rectangle of a different length and width.

Re-start Room Button
restart button
This enables you to start the puzzle in the current room from the beginning.

Move Buttons
move buttons
Click on the move buttons (or use the arrow keys on the keyboard) to move the Cogiaid.

Map
The map in the right hand panel shows the rooms in the present game. Click on a room to view it.

Game Objects
The games contain the following objects.

Door
door button
Doors allow the Cogiaid to pass into the next room. The rectangle of Cogiaid can only pass through a door if it is the same width as that door.

Whirlpool
whirlpool button
Whirlpools allow a certain number of Cogiaid to pass into the next room. The rectangle of Cogiaid must contain the exact number displayed on the whirlpool in order to pass through it.

Tunnel
tunnel button
The rectangle of Cogiaid must be the same size and shape as the tunnel in order to pass through it.

Adding Machine
adding machine button
This object adds more Cogiaid. The rectangle of Cogiaid must be the same width as the machine in order for it to work.

Subtracting Machine
subtracting machine button
This object subtracts Cogiaid. The rectangle of Cogiaid must be the same width as the machine in order for it to work.

Halving Machine
halving machine button
This halves the number of Cogiaid. The rectangle can be any shape and size.

Doubling Machine
doubling machine button
This doubles the number of Cogiaid. The rectangle can be any shape and size.

Multiplying Machine
multiplying machine button
This multiplies the number of Cogiaid by the number of squares in its width.

Dividing Machine
dividing machine button
This divides the number of Cogiaid by the number of squares in its width.

Remember:
• the secret of these games is to find the fastest route to the treasure room
• you don't have to visit every room in the more difficult games so click on the map to work out the best route
• in some harder games you need to subtract Cogiaid until there are none left - you will be able to add to them but not to subtract, multiply or divide
• doubling and halving numbers is faster than repeatedly adding and subtracting.

Bird's Explore Activities
Click on the balloon sign on Bird's path to chooose the Explore activities. They are open-ended games where there are no preset goals and children are encouraged to explore and 'do their own thing'. They are designed to be played by children on their own, with another child or with a parent or mentor.

Change the existing puzzles by altering the properties of the objects placed in the rooms. To change an object, click on it and then use the plus and minus buttons that appear to make it larger or smaller.

You can also add new objects by clicking on the icons in the right hand panel of the screen and drag it to the room. Use the plus and minus buttons to adapt the object. Remove objects from rooms by clicking on them and dragging them from there.

Add a new room by placing a doorway in a wall and moving the Cogiaid through it.

When a red ballon appears, move the Cogiaid towards it to start a new explore activity.

Explore 1
Click on the left hand balloon to play it. This is a good place to start.

Change the objects already placed in the rooms.

Add doors, adding machines and subtracting machines. The icons are in the right hand panel.

Explore 1 includes feedback on:
• counting on in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s
• simple inverse operations.

Explore 2
Click on the right hand balloon to play it.

Change the objects already placed in the rooms.

Add doors, tunnels, whirpools and adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, doubling and halving machines. The icons are in the right hand panel.

Explore 2 includes feedback on:
• counting on in 6s, 7s, 8s and 9s
• multiples of 2, 5 and 10
• inverse operations.



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