Top 10 Must-Have Math Apps

This week we present an array of math apps to help students learn essential concepts, from preschool to high school.

Must-Have Math Apps

 

Motion Math Pizza

Motion Math: Pizza! (iOS only) teaches children beginning economics by simulating a pizza shop. While using the app, children are learning about economics, setting prices, and serving customers through simulation. Parents, follow up the use of this app with conversations about why certain things cost more money than others and how your family makes purchasing decisions.

 

Bugs and Bubbles

Bugs and Bubbles (iOS only) is an engaging app for younger children. The randomized practice offers multiple ways to practice beginning math skills in a visually rich environment. Counting, upper- and lowercase letters, and sorting are all presented with a fun garden theme.

 

Pet Bingo

Pet Bingo – by Duck Duck Moose (iOS only) is a math fact practice app that includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, anddivision. This app can be replayed for a long time and could be used with multiple children in your house. Children earn rewards for completing math facts correctly in order to care for their virtual pet.

 

Quick Math

Quick Math – Multiplication Table & Arithmetic Game (iOS only) offers basic math fact practice with a simple, clean interface. KinderTown’s favorite feature about Quick Math is that you can write on the screen with your finger and it will recognize the answer. Quick Math has also developed the apps Quick Fractions and QuickClocks that provide similar practice of the concepts.

 

Dragon Box Algebra

Dragon Box Algebra 5+ (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone) is an app that develops algebra skills with approachable problems for children starting at age 5. (There is a second Dragon Box app for more advanced students, called Dragon Box Algebra 12+.) Both apps create problems that must be solved visually in order to make the quantities on both sides of the screen equal. This app is excellent for preparing students for algebraic thinking.

 

Splash Math

Splash Math (iOS, Kindle, Android) is a series of apps that are made for each grade level. The Splash Math apps cover an entire year’s worth of math skills. Through the app, randomized practice is presented to your child. The app also offers parent features such as progress reports and the ability to customize the skills your child is practicing. This app serves as a great reinforcement of concepts your child has already learned in math.

 

Math Doodles

Math Doodles (iOS only) is a puzzle app that brings a visual perspective to math thinking. This app contains many complex concepts and spans a wide range of skills. Your six-year-old child could use this app as well as a high school student because of the ability to change the type of puzzle pieces presented from simple dice to Roman numerals.

 

Operation Math

Operation Math (iOS, Android) has created two apps, Operation Math and Operation Math Code Squad. Operation Math simulates high-tech, intense math missions for children to undertake. Operation Math Code Squad follows the same ideas, but up to 4 players can play at the same time. There is a timer feature in this app, and if your child does not like the feeling of being rushed or timed, this would not be a good match. Operation Math Code Squad is an example of how apps can involve multiple players in order to practice math facts.

 

Motion Math Zoom

Motion Math: Zoom (iOS only) moves your child along the path of learning numbers, place value, and number relationships with this thoughtful app. By the use of analytics, the app guides your child at his own pace through a variety of number quantities with the goal of helping him manipulate a number line and make connections between 1’s, 10’s, 100’s, and eventually decimals. The game appears simple as numbered balloons float on the screen, but the swiping, pinching, and tapping will keep your kids on their toes.

 

Cash Cow Deluxe

Cash Cow Deluxe (iOS only) uses gameplay to help kids become proficient at manipulating money. Tap small coins to make quantities of 5, 10, 25, or 100 cents. The more coins you make, the more the cash cow earns to save the duck’s farm. The app offers several modes of play including arcade, relaxed, endless, practice, or story modes.

 

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myBlee Math

We’re coming at you with a review of myBlee Math, an app that provides instruction, practice, and parent feedback...at a monthly cost. But it might be just to banish math anxiety in your young student!

myBlee Math

 

myBlee Math

myBlee Math app review.

myBlee Math offers a wide variety of elementary math lessons on topics such as measuring line segments, working with money, mental math and multi-digit addition for students ages 5-8. KinderTown likes how the app gives initial instruction on a particular concept before the child is asked to practice or apply it. The instruction is given with a female robotic-like voice. Another great feature is the use of “MyScript” technology that can identify a child’s handwriting as she writes her answer directly on the screen. Children will also find the use of the digital manipulatives which include movable rulers, blocks, protractors, etc. both interesting and helpful for solving problems. myBlee is an app that would benefit students who need additional practice with math concepts. The app offers communication to parents about their student’s progress through frequent emails. The app is free for 10 minutes each week. Subscriptions can be purchased for students who need more time per week for $9.99 a month or for $74.99 for a year.

 

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Engaging Math Apps

This week we recommend two math apps that will grow along with your preschooler's math skills.

Engaging Math Apps

 

Jump Numbers (iOS only)

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Jump Numbers is a truly unique game experience based on numbers. The app takes children through challenges involving counting, skip counting, and addition. The player must lead  their character from one shore to another by jumping on the correct number. Players can combine numbers to make numbers needed if they are missing. There is a hint button which is helpful to players who are just learning to play the game. The app uses adaptive technology to quickly adjust to your child’s learning level. There is a rewarding play area where children can play with the characters they have saved. The game has additional obstacles called “Stompers” and “Fuses” that will add a challenge to your child’s strategy as they navigate their way through the game. This app is appropriate for children who are becoming confident with recognizing numbers and counting approximately ages 4-8 and is $2.99.

 

Motion Math Match (iOS only)

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Motion Math Match presents children with a series of cards and challenges them to match cards that equal the same value.  For example, a student might choose the following cards, 2+2=4, 4, and 3+1=4. The students can use both hands to match multiple cards.  Once a match has been made the cards disappear and more cards fall into place. The app adjusts to your child’s level and can be played with addition facts, subtraction facts, multiplication facts, or division facts. This iPad app is appropriate for children ages 5-12 and is $3.99. Motion Math Match is available for iPad and iPad mini.

 

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Multiplication Apps for 5-8 Year Olds

If you have a child learning their multiplication facts, then these apps will be an engaging alternative to flashcards.

If you have a child learning their multiplication facts, then these multiplication apps will be an engaging alternative to flashcards. Check out the money app for students at this level who are learning how to count more complex money amounts.

 

Multiplication Apps for 5-8 Year Olds

 

Pet Bingo (iOS only)

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Pet Bingo provides practice for students who are learning to master their basic facts. The app can be used by several different students by setting up multiple profiles. Math problems are answered by identifying the correct answers on the bingo board. Students have the option to access a hint to help solve each problem. Play continues until the student earns five in a row on the bingo board. Once the student correctly answers five in a row, they earn a prize in order to care for their pretend pet. Instructors can check the report card section for each user to monitor progress in learning different types of facts, such as adding 0 to a number or adding doubles.

 

Quick Math Multiplication Table and Arithmetic Game (iOS only)

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QuickMath works to improve basic math fact fluency by offering the additional challenges of speed and accuracy. Students can select the operation they want to practice or choose the mixed operation mode. When math facts are presented, students write their answer anywhere on the screen with a finger or stylus. The app automatically adjusts to students’ levels and increases the difficulty of the facts as they progress. Students are encouraged to beat their scores from past sessions. Quick Math allows for multiple users, so siblings, friends, or classmates can use the app together. Instructors can track student progress and see how much time has been spent using it. The app is $1.99 and appropriate for students ages 6-12.

 

Motion Math: Wings (iOS only)

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Motion Math: Wings integrates 6 ways of seeing quantities to reinforce multiplication. The app shows multiplication in six different visual forms: rows of dots, clusters of dots, “groups” of dots, a grid, a labeled grid, and symbols. Game play is simple; students simply tilt their devices to move their birds from side to side, lining them up with the amount of blocks or numbers that equal the greatest number. Levels range from beginner to advanced (which will challenge adults). There is an option to purchase additional levels.

 

Freefall Money (iOS, Android)

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Freefall Money tackles the concept of counting money. This app does not include instruction on how to count coins, so your child should have a basic understanding of this concept before they use this app.  Activities include sorting coins, matching groups of coins to a total amount, and adding coin values to find the total amount. Instructors can set the number of coins that are presented to students in each activity, ranging from 3 coins to 10. The coins can be moved around in order from least to greatest to assist students in counting the total value of the coins.

 

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Best Math Apps for 6 Year-Olds

Check out these math apps.

If you have a 5- to 7-year-old at home who is working approximately at the first grade math level, or who is working through Math-U-See’s Alpha level, your child would benefit from these math apps.

 

Best Math Apps for 6 Year-Olds

 

Base Ten Bingo (iOS only)

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This app also exists as a website. Base Ten Bingo is appropriate for students developing number sense, counting skills, and place value understanding of units, tens, and hundreds. Each student can create a personalized avatar and then choose from options such as Bingo, Practice, My Bugs, or Home. In the Bingo section, a student can choose to play with units; units and tens; or units, tens, and hundreds. In the practice section, students must read and make the number that appears with the units, tens, and hundreds blocks. For each section completed correctly, a playful bug is added to the My Bugs section.

 

Todo Telling Time (iOS, Android)

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Todo Telling Time includes six games that develop skill in telling time. Three levels of play are included in each of the games. The concepts about the clock, such as counting by 5′s and arranging the numbers correctly on the clock face, are developed in several of the games. Additional games related to the concept of time include understanding the days of the week, months of the year, and the calendar. The app includes a fun quiz section that can be used to assess a student’s development of these skills.

 

Motion Math – Hungry Fish (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone)

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Motion Math: Hungry Fish helps students learn how to build quantities. Children discover how to create different quantities through free play. Successful combination of numbers to equal a given quantity results in the fish growing and earning rewards within the game. Addition practice is provided in this version, with options to buy activities related to subtraction and negatives. As always, Motion Math does a great job of introducing how to play the game through thoughtfully scaffolding strategies on familiar counting techniques. Multiple children can use this app to save their progress and easily navigate between easier and harder levels. Overall this app provides a beautiful environment to learn and practice the different ways quantities can be created.

 

Measurement HD (iPad only)

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Measurement HD consists of five engaging measurement games. Students learn to move the hands of a clock, compare objects that are heavy and light, explore the concepts of more and less and long and short, and learn the months of the year.

 

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Tiggly Math Review & Guide

Tiggly Math engages young learners in learning to count, add, and interact with number concepts.

 

Tiggly Math engages young learners in learning to count, add, and interact with number concepts.

 

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Tiggly Math Review

Tiggly Math

The Tiggly Math product includes 5 counting rods that interact with the iPad apps. Young learners will enjoy stamping the rods on the iPad screen in order to engage with the app. Tiggly has created 3 free apps that work with the Tiggly Math product. Tiggly Chef, Tiggly CardToons, and Tiggly Addventure.

 

Where to Buy: Amazon, Target, or on the Tiggly website.

 

Who is Tiggly Math Great For?

It’s great for children ages 3-7 with interest in a Tablet, early learning centers, or preschools.

 

What’s the Educational Value of Tiggly Math?

It covers a wide variety of early learning math skills while still allowing for lots of exploration and play. Children love using the rods to interact with the screen and the free cleverly-developed apps that accompany the toy.

 

Platform: iOS for iPads, Samsung, Kindle, Kurio

Price: 29.99

 

Let’s take a closer look at the experience your child will be getting with each of the Tiggly Math apps:

 

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Tiggly CardToons: This app provides a basic introduction to the numbers 1-5. Children tap the rods on the screen to create yellow circles to drag and count, along with the narrator. The yellow circles then become part of a cartoon, or “cardtoon,” if you will (they do). The colorful pictures create a story about the number that children adore. The cardtoons are created from torn paper, and make up 25 different stories within the app.

 

Tiggly Chef: The star of this app is the Italian chef who invites children to create their own recipe, to use the math rods to find a certain number of an ingredient, or to add numbers together to find a total. My children love to imitate his accent…especially some of his favorite phrases such as “What  are you waiting for?” and “Let’s get cookin’!” Children can use the rods to create an addition sentence that shows how much of an ingredient there is all together.  Children love the wacky cooking creations they are able to make, all while they’re learning to add, count, measure, and problem-solve!

 

Tiggly Addventure: Tiggly Addventure takes kids into their own math world by making number lines three-dimensional. Children have to choose a rod that will act as a bridge to help their Tiggly friend make it across the number line. The number line problems become more sophisticated as your child plays with the app. Choose the correct rod to help your Tiggly friend make it to an indicated space on the number line. Children navigate the adventure by going across and up the number lines to different levels of the Tiggly World.

 

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Early Math Learning Apps

As most parents are thinking about back-to-school season, consider the valuable early math learning apps.

 

As most parents are thinking about back-to-school season, consider the valuable early math learning apps.

Children begin to understand numbers and number concepts early, so try these apps to engage your child in math thinking. Additionally, for anyone who is using the Math-U-See curriculum, these apps would coordinate with the Primer Level.

 

Math Apps

Tally Tots Counting

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TallyTots makes counting fun! Numbers 1 through 20 are presented first by counting to the number, introduced with a short game and reinforced through tapping and counting while playing. Download KinderTown to read the full review.

 

Little Writer

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Little Writer is a well-crafted app for writing practice. This app adds shapes and numbers to the usual letter and word practice. Tracing is supported in the app with enough leeway to not frustrate young children. Download KinderTown to read the full review.

 

Park Math

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Park Math by Duck Duck Moose works on a variety of math concepts without sacrificing depth of learning or fun. This is an extremely thoughtful app that moves users seamlessly through counting, addition, subtraction, sequencing, patterning and comparing while being developmentally appropriate and fun. Download KinderTown to read the full review.

 

Motion Math: Hungry Guppy

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Motion Math: Hungry Guppy unlocks addition for young children. A prequel to Motion Math: Hungry Fish, Hungry Guppy just works on the 5 first numbers in a young child’s life: 1,2,3,4,5. Practice subitizing (instantly recognize “how many”) dots and recognizing written numerals to match given quantities your fish wants to eat. Download KinderTown to read the full review.

 

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Best Apps for Math Fact Practice

It’s back to school time and I bet many of you are looking to sharpen up your child’s math facts. Make practicing math fun and interesting with these apps!

 

Make practicing math facts fun with these apps!

Math Fact Apps

Sushi Monster

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Sushi Monster is made by Scholastic, and is completely free! Sushi Monster is a delightful app for strengthening kids’ math fluency and reasoning with addition and multiplication.

 

Operation Math

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Operation Math makes practicing math facts unbelievably fun! Check out the full review inside the KinderTown app.

 

Math Bingo

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Math Bingo is a fun way to practice math facts. Users choose a character, identify if they want to work on adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, or a mix of all four; tap on easy, medium, or hard, and then set to work filling a bingo board with bugs as they solve math problems. Download KinderTown for more information.

 

Quick Math

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Be Quick, Be accurate! QuickMath works to improve math fact fluency by offering the challenge of speed and accuracy. Check out the review inside the app!

 

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Freefall Apps are Swimming with Learning

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Freefall learning apps take skills that can sometimes be less exciting to learn and often require a lot of repetition, and swirled them into engaging, motivating practice apps for kids. The graphics have a unique, simple, kid-friendly look, and children are motivated by earning prizes to keep their pet fish alive and well in their own personal aquarium.

 

Freefall Spelling

Splish! Splash! Play with a fish tank and practice spelling words along the way. Read KinderTown's review.

Splish! Splash! Play with a fish tank and practice spelling words along the way. Freefall Spelling is an app for practicing your own spelling lists, or pre-made lists that exist within the app. Freefall Spelling has three unique modes in which the user can practice spelling words: Type Mode, Freefall Mode, and Scramble Mode. In Type Mode, children type the words using a child-friendly keyboard that automatically appears on the bottom of the screen. In Scramble Mode, the words are scattered and the child must recreate the word, and Freefall mode, the child must recreate the word with the letters before they fall to the bottom of the screen. Freefall Spelling’s default setting uses all capital letters. KinderTown recommends that parents change the type to lowercase, because that is how words appear most often in print. As the students practice the words, the words are said aloud, and hints can be displayed to help children. For more advanced learners, turn the hints off so children must recall how to spell the word entirely. The most loved part about Freefall Spelling is the fish tank play area. Children earn the ability to buy animals and other trinkets for their fish tank as they correctly complete the spelling activities. They can also feed the fish, play with the fish and clean the fish tank, a great motivating hook for children ages 5-8. Freefall Spelling is $2.99 and available for iPhone and iPad.

 

Freefall Money

Freefall Money follows the same idea as Freefall Spelling but tackles the difficult concept of counting money. Read KinderTown's review.

Freefall Money follows the same idea as Freefall Spelling, but tackles the difficult concept of counting money. Sometimes learning to count money can be difficult and often requires repetition in order to be successful in mastering the skill. Freefall Money has three distinct modes as well: Cluster Mode, Scatter Mode, and Type Mode. In addition, parents can set the number of coins that are presented in each activity, from 3 coins to 10 coins. The app does not include any instruction on how to count coins, so your child should have a basic understanding of this concept before they start. Cluster Mode shows different groups of coins and different total amounts. The child must match the coin groups to the coin total amounts. As with any matching, it’s possible to make guesses, so it is helpful to watch them do this activity. In Type Mode, the coins are scattered and children must type the total amount using the number keys that automatically appear at the bottom. KinderTown likes how the coins can be moved around in order to assist children in counting the total value of the coins. For example, children could arrange the coins from largest to smallest in order to count the total value of a group of coins. There is also a movable pencil in the game if children need to tap or point, but the pencil doesn’t actually write on the screen. This would be a helpful improvement. Lastly, in Scatter Mode the coins are scattered and the child must add the correct amount of coins to the piggy bank to equal the value shown at the top of the screen. Again, watching your child complete this activity will ensure they are not just guessing which coins to add to the piggy bank. FreeFall Money is $1.99 and is made for iPhone and iPad and appropriate for children ages 5-8.

 

Freefall Time

Freefall Time practices telling time up to the minute. Read KinderTown's review.

Freefall Time practices telling time up to the minute. Parents can use the Settings menu to set the practice clocks to show 1-minute, 5-, 10-, 15-, or 30- minute intervals. There is only one mode of play in Freefall Time. Clocks fall from the top of the screen and children must match the clock to the options at the bottom of the screen. Freefall Time includes a practice area where you can move the hands of the clock to practice creating different times. This would be a great parent-child practice tool. The clock works well for telling time to the minute, but the hour times were not correct when displaying times to the hour. Children earn rewards for their own personal fish tank to customize the fish, food, and cleaning tools. Freefall Time is $1.99 and available for iPhone and iPad and appropriate for children ages 5-8.

 

Freefall Math

Freefall Math offers practice for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division which means that the app can serve multiple children in one household or grown with your child. Read KinderTown's review.

Freefall Math offers practice for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, which means that the app can serve multiple children in one household, or grow with your child. Freefall Math includes a Fall Mode and Type Mode. In Type Mode, children type the answer, and in Fall Mode the facts fall and must be matched to the correct answer. The customization of which fact tables you would like your child to practice is a nice option for parents. This app includes an interactive piece of chalk and an eraser but they only serve as pointers in the app. A nice addition would be the ability to write the answer with the piece of chalk. Freefall Math is $1.99 and available for iPad and iPhone and is appropriate for children ages 5-8. As in the other Freefall apps, your child earns rewards for their own personal aquarium.

 

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5 Must-Have Apps for 6- and 7-year-olds

Six- and seven-year-old children are a sponge for learning. Their academic growth is exciting to watch. Use these apps to encourage and challenge them!

Six- and seven-year-old children are a sponge for learning. Their academic growth is exciting to watch. Use these apps to encourage and challenge them!

 

Rocket Speller

Rocket Speller offers children an engaging space scene in which to practice spelling. Read Kindertown's review.

Spelling skills are emerging as children are learning to read and write more complex words and sentences at this age. Rocket Speller offers children an engaging space scene in which to practice spelling. The app presents words to students and they must reconstruct the word. In addition, each word is presented with a picture to reinforce vocabulary development. Rocket Speller has the option to have the word displayed (visual hints), so students are reconstructing the word in order to build visual memory of the letters. Children like how getting a few correct answers leads to different choices for designing their own rocket ship and eventually blasting it off into space. From an educational perspective, Rocket Speller combines naturally occurring letter sounds together such as ck, ee, ea, and or. Rocket Speller offers some nice options for parents. There are several different categories of words to choose from, or you can mix them all together. Parents can choose to have the narrator say the letter name or sound. KinderTown recommends choosing the “sound” option when working on spelling words. Parents can choose between capital or lowercase letters to form the words. KinderTown recommends choosing lowercase for activities involving common words that mostly appear in lowercase print. Rocket Speller has five different levels that provide options for visual and audible hints, and smart technology that can determine when a child is having difficulty and provide assistance called Adaptive Assistance. Rocket Speller is $2.99 and available for iPhone and iPad.

 

Todo Math

Todo in Spanish means “all” and is designed to inspire play with all the early childhood math concepts. Read the KinderTown review.

Todo Math is a free app designed to practice early childhood math skills. Todo in Spanish means “all” and is designed to inspire play with all the early childhood math concepts. It includes 20+ multi-level games. It has two different types of play, free choice and mission. In mission mode, the app gives a brief overview of each game and guides your child through each game one at a time. In free choice mode, all games are presented and your child chooses which one they would like to play. It includes multiple levels of math games and adaptive play, where the games automatically adapt to your child’s skill level. Other options for children are the Mathematical Missions, designed to motivate children to engage longer with the mathematical concepts. Parents, you can sign up for a parent account which will provide you with a more detailed look at how your child is progressing through the app. Compared to most apps, Todo Math does contain a worthwhile amount of free content practicing many different areas of math for children ages 3-6. There are additional in-app purchases to access more content.

 

Endless Wordplay

As children begin to learn to read they begin to notice patterns in words and how words relate to one another. Read the KinderTown review!

As children learn to read, they begin to notice patterns in words and how words relate to one another. Endless Wordplay practices this skill in a fun way! The lovable monsters are back! This time, with a focus on reading rhyming words. The monsters travel around a map with stops along the way. Once the monster stops, his mouth opens with a rhyming word. The word is sneezed out and the letters are scattered. Your child must reconstruct the word. The letter sounds are made when the letters are touched, and the word is read when the word is reconstructed. The app does require the child to reconstruct the word in letter order. The words continue to be presented and all relate to a rhyming family: ran, can, pan, tan. Once a series is complete, a sentence is presented with the rhyming words in context and the monsters act it out. The app is free and does have in-app purchases ($4.99) to buy more rhyming families once you complete the 3 free rhyme families. A great app for the beginning reader in your family.

 

Scribble Press

Scribble Press is a must-have app for the family who loves to read, story-tell and create books together. Read the KinderTown review!

Scribble Press is a must-have app for the family who loves to read, story-tell, and create books together. Like other book creation apps, you can easily add your own photos, your child’s picture, a title and text to create a book. Scribble Press walks you through creating a story by providing lots of ideas from the start, and supports your child until you are ready to add your finished book to an eBook reader, or my favorite–printing your very own book! Choose from book templates, or create your own book from scratch. Your child is sure to love the rainbow pen, stamps and stickers included in Scribble Press. If your child needs inspiration, there are over 50 story templates. The app encourages younger learners by providing complete stories where they only need to fill in the important details. Endless possibilities – endless fun! For the parents of young children, you will need to work with your child while using this app, since reading and typing skills are needed. Scribble Press is $3.99, and if you would like to have your child’s book published and mailed to you, there is a fee for that service. Scribble Press is appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

 

Thinkrolls

In Thinkrolls, rolling character balls take the stage as your child solves increasingly complex problems to allow their character to progress through the maze. Read the KinderTown review!

In Thinkrolls, rolling character balls take the stage as your child solves increasingly complex problems to allow their character to progress through the maze. There are two levels of game play, easy and hard. Easy is recommended for children 3-5, and hard for children ages 5-8. KinderTown recommends that all children begin at the easy level to understand the goals of the puzzles. Your child does not have to spend a long time at this level to be ready to move to the harder levels, but this will set them up for success. A blinking “redo” symbol flashes in the corner to assist your child when they are stuck and unable to complete the challenge. The challenge is then reset with the maze. The challenges in the mazes come in the form of obstacles. Some unique obstacles include fire blocks, ice blocks, balloons, and KinderTown’s favorite, the jelly block. The jelly block allows your character to jump up from one area to another. Another child tester favorite was the fire block. Watch out! If your character rolls into the fire block, it will turn black and burnt, which our child testers loved! However, the goal is to not become burnt. Children eventually solved the puzzles after experiencing the burnt characters. As the levels progress, children have to use visualization skills to predict the cause and effect of several “moves” in the puzzle. Concepts about physics and chemistry are sprinkled along the way when children must make decisions about the moving gear box, figure out how to make the balloon pop and move the ice to squelch the fire. The app offers an amazing amount of content in the 90 levels of easy game play and 90 levels of hard game play. Be sure to read the Chapter descriptions in the settings section for parents in order to have a complete understanding of all the challenges presented in each level or chapter. There are nine levels of game play included. Thinkrolls is a truly unique app priced at $2.99, available for iPhone and iPad, and is recommended for children ages 3-7.

 

 

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