Math Swipe Jr. By Michael Cozzolino is a surprisingly addictive game for practicing mental math calculations involving the four operators separately or all together at the same time. Though the game play is simple, this app works on several skills simultaneously.
Upon opening the app, you are greeted with the choice of playing with addition, subtraction, multiplication or division math problems or all of them in the same game. Whichever you choose, your child will work with whole numbers from 0 to 12 to get answers ranging from 0 to 144.
Once in the game, you’ll see a random ‘Number to Get’ at the bottom of the screen and you have to swipe across numbers and operator(s) that will give you an answer that is equal to that number. As you swipe, the number/operator explodes and the number sentence is shown. The rules are straightforward and there is no limit to how many numbers or math operators you can use as long as you arrive at the answer, e.g. to get 9, you can swipe 3+6 or 3+3+3 or any other combinations. The order of operations does not matter here as the app instantly calculates the answer as you swipe the numbers and operators. Scores are given for math problems solved within the time limit (60 or 100 seconds per game) and a random correct answer is briefly shown when a wrong answer is made (no penalty) before the next question comes up.
By allowing multiple steps to get to the same answer, this app trains children to think of different approaches to solving a math problem, encouraging them to fully grasp the various math concepts, beyond merely regurgitating numerical facts. It also means that children just learning basic math concepts or not familiar with times tables of larger numbers, are still able to play with the app and progress over time.
This app may not be fanciful but it can be addictive even for older kids and adults. My older kids enjoy the brain workout while playing the more challenging 4-operators game. As a parent, I can see how frequent playing of this app helps them with concentration, mental agility, processing speed, problem solving and mental rotation skills (the numbers and operators are constantly moving and rotating) which is great.
- Multiple player profiles.
- Ability to pause (and return later) or stop the game before it ends.
- A game option where the player has to solve a number of questions with no time limit and compete in terms of accuracy instead of speed. This will ease the frustrations for the beginners.
Overall, Math Swipe Jr. is a useful app for students to practice and improve on their mental calculations of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems, while building their cognitive abilities. Worth a download.
Math Swipe Jr.
by Michael Cozzolino
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Kids
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 3G, iPad WiFi, iPadMini4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini
Size: 5.22 MB
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