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Team Umizoomi: Math Racer HD - Android version

Team Umizoomi: Math Racer HD - Android version
by Nickelodeon

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: a racing game with extra educational activities.

Create and customize your car and race it around a city track. Collect coins to buy extra parts and accessories for the car.

Educational activities (during obligatory race pit-stops) include: number identification, counting and enumeration, number comparisons, simple addition and subtraction, number sequencing.

What we liked: the concept. Variety of car customization options. Reward/motivation system with coins, extra parts and trophies. Narration and spoken instructions. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Original Team Umizoomi artwork. Multiple player accounts. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the math activities are very basic and offer little variety. The 'driving experience' could be better (you just jump from lane to lane to steer the car). Only one track to race on.

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Team Umizoomi: Math Racer HD

Team Umizoomi: Math Racer HD
by Nickelodeon

Price: 4.99$ (was 6.99$)
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iPad

Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: a racing game with extra educational activities.

Create and customize your car and race it around a city track. Collect coins to buy extra parts and accessories for the car.

Educational activities (during obligatory race pit-stops) include: number identification, counting and enumeration, number comparisons, simple addition and subtraction, number sequencing.

What we liked: the concept. Variety of car customization options. Reward/motivation system with coins, extra parts and trophies. Narration and spoken instructions. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Original Team Umizoomi artwork. Multiple player accounts. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the math activities are very basic and offer little variety. The 'driving experience' could be better (you just jump from lane to lane to steer the car). Only one track to race on.

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Lola Panda’s Math Train 2 – Learn Counting, Addition, and Subtraction with Lola!

Lola Panda’s Math Train 2 – Learn Counting, Addition, and Subtraction with Lola!
by BeiZ

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.0.2

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is/what you do with it: a pack of activities (about 11 different activities) for developing and strengthening early math skills. 3 difficulty levels (easy: two digit addition and subtraction, ordering of numbers; medium: odd and even numbers, number sequencing; hard: more difficult subtraction, problem solving tasks and multiplication).

What we liked: the concept. Spoken instructions. Ease of use. Simple graphics and animations. No distracting elements. Progress tracking feature.

What we didn't like: there is no option to choose a particular activity or group of activities. The activities can get a bit repetitive after some time (we wish there was more variety). No clues for more difficult problems (we recommend parental assistance). The rewards system may not be motivating enough for the target age group.

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Symmetry School: Learning Geometry

Symmetry School: Learning Geometry
by PixelSoup Ltd

Price: 3.99$
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iPad

Overall Score: 96/100

version reviewed: 2.0.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is and what you do with it: a set of symmetrical puzzles.

2 types of puzzles: Reflective Symmetry and Rotational Symmetry + Free Play/practice mode. 3 difficulty levels.

Drag the counters to complete symmetrical patterns.

What we liked: the concept. Excellent educational value (good for spatial reasoning, problem solving and visualization). 3 difficulty levels with increasing complexity. Ease of use. The hints and 'show me' features. 8 language versions.

What we didn't like: we missed some sort of rewards/motivational system.

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Preschool-Kindergarten Splash Math Learning Games

Preschool-Kindergarten Splash Math Learning Games
by StudyPad

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iPad

Overall Score: 96/100

version reviewed: 1.1.10

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: an extensive set of early math activities (numbers 0 to 20). Sample activities/topics include: counting (with counters, with objects), comparing (numbers, groups), addition (with pictures, without pictures, word problems, addition sentences), subtraction, geometry, measurement. Please check the producer's website for the full list.

What you do with it: Please see our video walkthrough (below).

What we liked: the concept. A very broad range and detail of early math topics covered. Variety of activities. Ease of use. Spoken instructions. Lively illustrations. Humor and fun factor. The reward system with funny animated stickers. Extensive options and settings (including progress tracking with reports, goal setting, individual 'syllabus' configuration etc). Up to 4 student accounts. Excellent educational value. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: none.

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Slice Fractions - Android version

Slice Fractions - Android version
by Ululab

Price: 2.99$
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Android

Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.01.03

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Early math, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: a puzzle game covering a wide range of fraction concepts (partitioning, ordering, notation etc). 60 levels.

Solve puzzles/problems by slicing ice and lava blocks to clear the mammoth's path.

What we liked: the concept. Broad range of early math concepts covered. Excellent educational value. Interactive 'hints' feature. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: we just wish there were more levels to play!

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Slice Fractions

Slice Fractions
by Ululab

Price: 3.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.00

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Early math, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: a puzzle game covering a wide range of fraction concepts (partitioning, ordering, notation etc). 60 levels.

Solve puzzles/problems by slicing ice and lava blocks to clear the mammoth's path.

What we liked: the concept. Broad range of early math concepts covered. Excellent educational value. Interactive 'hints' feature. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: we just wish there were more levels to play!

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Motion Math: Match

Motion Math: Match
by Motion Math

Price: 4.99$
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iPad

Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: A game for math practice (addition, subtraction,multiplication, division). 4 levels of challenge. 16 different areas with 10 levels each.

Touch two or more matching tiles representing the same number (e.g. touch '3-1' and '2') to make them disappear. Complete all tiles to finish a level. Finish 5 levels in a row to get a reward.

What we liked: the concept (combining gameplay and math practice). Great educational value. Wide range of levels and challenges. Multiple player accounts. Ease of use (including simple tutorials).

What we didn't like: the rewards (simple stickers) may not provide enough motivation for older kids.

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Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master

Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master
by Halfbrick Studios

Price: 4.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 1.03.39

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination

What it is/what you do with it: a fast-paced Ninja themed game for improving basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, sequences and shapes).

Solve math problems to complete the levels (e.g. calculate addition problems and feed the correct number of bananas to the Monkey).

What we liked: the concept. The story and gameplay keep kids focused on solving math problems to complete the game. Great artwork. Humor and fun factor. Narration and spoken instructions. Multiple difficulty levels. Easy game controls. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: requires good hand-eye coordination, when the math problems may not be enough challenging for the upper age range.

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Treasure Sums - Lumio addition and subtraction math games for the Common Core classroom (Full Version)

Treasure Sums - Lumio addition and subtraction math games for the Common Core classroom (Full Version)
by Lighthouse Learning

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: a set of 85 pirate-themed math puzzles:

Shape Sums: mix, match and jumble the numbers until each shape is equal to the same amount.

Number Paths: add and subtract to find the path to the hidden treasure

Coin problems: fill in the blanks of addition problems with numbers up to 1000.

What we liked: the concept. Good variety of math concepts covered. Great educational value. Ease of use (including visual tutorials and hints). Fun visuals. Narration, sounds and sound backgrounds. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: none.

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