Doodle Critter Math: Numbers By NCSOFT -Review and Win an iPad Mini
Doodle Critter Math: Numbers is a universal app from NC iactionbook the developers of the Meet the Insects App Series. This app is aimed at children from 3-5 years old and works on basic concepts about numbers. It is child safe with no adverts or in-app purchases, external links are in a locked parent zone. The parent zone is accessed by answering multiplication questions and also allows adjustment of the music volume, switching sound effects on or off, and choosing between English and Korean language options.
There are 6 learning games, plus a set of puzzles which can be unlocked as a reward. Each game has tutorial available. The games are:
Number shaped critters hang on the clothesline. When the child touches it the number appears on its own, the number is spoken, and the correct number of little critters jumps out of it. The little critters are interactive if the child taps on them – they might disappear or turn into numbers or change size; I’d love to see some counting reinforcement by hearing them being counted as the child taps them.
The child learns to trace each number by following colored bubbles, arrows show the correct direction. Once they have completed it the right number of little critters appears in bubbles and they can release them by popping the bubbles. If the child goes outside the lines they can continue from where they went out- reducing frustration for young children.
Match the Pairs
This includes 3 activities. 1) Cards: matching pairs of cards where one shows a number and the other shows pictures of that many objects. 2) Trucks: the child can drive the digger truck over to scoop up the right number of legos to match the number on the truck (the lego groups are color-coded to help). 3) Hoopla: throwing colored rings over the matching colored stakes to count the rings. In this activity I would like the child to be able to tap on the objects to count them if they are having trouble, if you do this currently it gives a hint as to which is the match for it rather than helping the chid to count and solve it themselves.
Put Things in Order
This game involves playing with fridge magnets. The child has to put the magnets in the right order, working on concepts such as widest/ narrowest, longest/ shortest, biggest/ smallest and numerical order. The shadows of the magnets stay on the fridge to help the child get the order correct.
One More or Less
Two trains arrive pulling the same number of carriages, each with a critter inside. One train has a critter added or taken away and the child has to pick which of 3 numbers shows the number of critters in that train now. Once they have answered correctly the question and answer is shown as an equation e.g. 3-1=2.
Together or Take away
This introduces the concept that you can create a number by adding two other numbers together. Felt critters are getting on or off two buses, each bus has a set number of seats and the child moves the critters on or off. F0r instance 8 critters may be waiting, one bus has one seat, the other has seven seven seats, as the child puts them in their seats the numbers are counted both visually and verbally, and at the end it says “from eight you get one and seven”.
These are earned as a reward for playing the other games. Each of the other mini-games has 10 questions, completing all 10 questions earns 1 puzzle piece. each mini-game has its own puzzle with 10 pieces – you have to play each set of 10 questions 10 times to earn all the pieces for one puzzle. I think it would work better as an incentive if they could earn up to 10 puzzles pieces per game, but that they unlocked one puzzle at a time – so after playing 10 games from a variety of mini-games they would unlock a whole puzzle instead of having 1 or 2 pieces each for many puzzles.
This is a cute app for toddlers and preschoolers just becoming familiar with numbers and maths concepts. The illustrations are cute and kid-friendly, with imaginary animals and simple animations and interactivity. I appreciate the fact that is child-safe, and like the range of activities included. My children enjoyed playing with the app and liked the cute critters. The app itself was engaging enough to keep them playing with it, but I didn’t really feel the puzzles added much incentive. Our favorite games were the “Putting Things in Order” fridge magnets and the trucks and hoopla in “Match the Pairs.” I would like to see a few improvements made in future updates – reinforcing the counting more in the matching game and when playing with the critters in the read numbers game. However, even without these changes this is a well-made, engaging app, a great introduction to many essential early maths concepts. I would recommend it for toddlers and pre-school aged children, and those kindergarteners who need extra reinforcement of early maths skills. This app is on an introductory sale at 99c and is a great deal at this price – snap it up today !
Doodle Critter Math: Numbers
Requirements: Compatible with iPadMini, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen4G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone5, iPad WiFi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone5c, iPad 3G, iPhone5s, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPad 2 WiFI, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini4G, iPodTouchFifthGen
Size: 89.25 MB
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.