So following on from my previous review ‘Maze for Kids’, I wanted to delve deeper into the ‘Apps the Kids’ market, particularly on the learning front.
Numeracy apps tend to be widely available on Play Store, but it’s really rather important that the apps your kids use offer a stimulating way of learning, in a safe and above-board environment. A good range of numerical challenges will also be of great benefit, particularly to learning longevity, so try to find an that goes beyond simple adding and subtracting.
Maths for Kids is a fun and colorful educational app that offers a wide range of mathematical challenges, covering basic counting, adding and subtracting, multiplication and division. It also offers a ‘less or more than’ stage, where the player gets to decide whether or not a number or sum is of higher or lower value than the other. Not an option you see all that often with other numeracy apps.
To the right you are presented with challenges and a set of multiple choice answers, to the left, a 4 x 4 grid which covers a cute hidden graphic. For each correct answer a tile is removed from the grid. Once all tiles are removed, the stage is complete. On uncovering the final tile the player is met with rapturous applause and a bevvy of balloons, which is fun.
The app itself is easy enough to navigate, so I wouldn’t be too concerned about usability. I feel for younger children it might be best to walk them through the initial stages, but to me that does have a certain appeal as it brings you and your child together. I would also take a moment to familiarize yourself and child with ad locations, and how to close down full-screen pop-ups. I’m not a big fan of advertising to kids so be aware that this app does contain advertisements. You have two options for disabling ads, one of course is to turn-off your Wi-Fi or data network, the other is to upgrade to the ad-free version.
The app provides music to help your child beaver away, but this too can be disabled.
Not all the stages are available on the free version of this app, so if you find that your child really gets along with it, for £1.62 you can upgrade to the full version. This action also unlocks additional features, such as more animals, graphics and free updates.
Personally I think there is plenty to keep your young’n occupied here. Multiple choice challenges are a proven learning technique and help your child to both learn and retain everyday mathematics. This app should greatly enhance learning capability and as said, comes with cute visuals and enough stimulation to keep your children coming back.
Check out the app here and let us know what you think.