i Learn With Boing: Savannah Adventures!
Category: Number Sense
Concept: Operations, Counting/Reasoning, Number Recognition
Target Age: 3,4,5,6
Price (as of publishing): $0.99
Tribal Nova just released a new app called “i Learn With Boing: Savannah Adventures!” A strong addition to a growing list of educational apps from Tribal Nova, Savannah Adventures has math games ranging from number and quantity identification to number ordering. The new app also includes a delightful addition and subtraction game that encourages parents to get on the device too. As always, there are 3 highly-repetitive games that use analytics to move your child through the levels only when they have successfully completed a certain percentage.
So you know what you are getting, let’s break down the three games:
Your job is to help the little meerkat make his soup. Count the number of ingredients (including croissants and bananas – not a soup we want to eat) that appear on the board. As numbers pop-up “whack-a-mole” style, tap quickly to choose the meerkat holding the correct number. The meerkats get a little silly for wrong answers, but there is ongoing motivation for getting answers correct. Quantities start small and work up to sets up to 20. Organized in groups of 5 helps kids see patterns in quantities too.
2) Calculate – Available for 1 or 2 players
My personal favorite in this app, drag cute little ostriches into the waiting truck to collect the given quantity. Work on addition and subtraction as the truck comes filled with a few ostriches and your child has to figure out how many more to add or take away. Support in this game include an option for the child to tap a circle on the truck to check their answer before sending their ostriches away. The 2 player feature adds the element of competition and let’s adults verbally model (without directly telling) different strategies for playing the game.
Oh no! Little foggy can not get across the pond without your help. Tap on numbers in order to get across the pond. Froggy starts you off by jumping on the first 2 numbers and you tap the remaining numbers in sequence. We love that the game doesn’t always start at number 1 and incorporates counting up to 20 and back down to 1.
The i Learn apps from Tribal Nova are consistently ones that we highly recommend. Pairing important learning concepts with games that kids really like to play is their formula for success. Check out their other 4 educational apps and enjoy playing along side your child with iLearn Savannah!
Game play is really fun as kids slingshot letters, drag and drop to spell words and help bears slide down icy mountains picking up ice cream scoops. The developers have also made some changes to their word choices which aligns the app better with words kids can successfully build.
We really like how each of the game environments are easily replicated off the app. You just might find your child practicing addition while cleaning up their bedroom or playing out in the yard.
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Show What You Know
This week we are sharing a couple of thinking games. You need no materials, only a creative imagination. Much learning and assessing can be done through observation. Games give children good math experiences.
Activity 1: Hop, Skip and Touch Your Toes
The game: This game can be played whenever you have five minutes to spare, like after dinner tonight. When you have finished dinner turn to your child and say, “Before clearing the dishes tonight, will you please hop exactly six times?” As your child hops and counts, one number for each leap, you count along to keep the numbers straight. After hop #6 you say, “Let’s switch. This time you give the orders and I will hop, skip or touch my toes, depending on what you tell me to do. You have to tell me how often to do it. Go ahead, give me my counting orders.” One or two rounds is enough and then back to clearing the table.
How does this simple game help your child? Most four and five year olds can say the words one, two, three, four….. Is that counting, or is it chanting (rote), the way you say the alphabet? Chanting shows that your child knows the right sounds in the right order. But counting is about quantity. How many bananas? How many marbles? Or, in this case, how many hops, skips or toes touchings.
Activity 2: The How-Many Game
The Game: Here is a game you can play sitting at the airport waiting for your flight, or waiting for food in a restaurant. Ask your child to scan the restaurant and assign a number to each standing person but ignore those sitting. After he discovers the number of standing people, ask him to count the people with hats (blue coats, umbrellas, briefcases). Once your child understands the game let him ask the counting questions for you to answer. After you count for a while you can add one more type of question. In this restaurant, how many singing elephants to you see? Count the flying rabbits? How many talking purses? The answer to all these silly questions is zero.
How does this simple game help your child? These questions are absurd, but they are educational. Zero is a hard number to understand. Children have tangible experiences with all other numbers. You can’t pet, hold or collect zero dogs, zero eggs or zero apples. Zero is usually left out of rote counting. You don’t count apples starting with zero. Since children’s experience with zero is limited they don’t understand it well.
My children always laughed at these silly questions but they always came up with zero. If yours don’t come up with zero, either your child needs more practice, or the people in the restaurant have a problem.
We know all families have these little math games. Please share yours with us and let us pass them along. As always we love to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your photos, stories and ideas.