Running Noah from Useappility -A Fun App for Practicing Multiplication



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What we love…

Makes practicing multiplication fun by incorporating it into an endless runner game

What we’d love to see…

Ability to limit to x10, individual player profiles, different speed levels

Summary

Overall, a fun way for kids to practice their multiplication skills whilst playing an Endless Runner game, Running Noah has 48 levels to work on times tables from 1-4 all the way up to 12x.

Our Rating

Running Noah Learning the times tables takes a lot of repetition, which children often find boring. They’d rather be playing their favorite video game instead of practicing math facts. Running Noah from Useability is a new app that uses children’s love of video games to give them lots of repetition of their multiplication facts whilst playing a fun game.

Running Noah is an Endless Runner, it has four episodes each with 12 levels. You need to unlock a level to move on to the next level. The four episodes have different themes and work on 1-4 times tables, 5-8 times tables, 9-12 times tables and 1-12 times tables respectively. The first episode (1-4 times tables) is free, there is an IAP (currently $1.99) to unlock the rest.

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Gameplay

The flood has just begun and Noah is on a mission to save all the animals and get them into the Ark. As the storm waters rise the land is divided into a series of islands by raging streams. To rescue the animals Noah must build bridges across the streams and also collect food for the animals on the way.

Beside every stream is a stone tablet with a number on it, and on the right of the screen are three numbers from the current series of times tables the student is working from. Tapping on the right of the screen brings up three  more numbers and the player has to tap one number from reach column to create a multiplication problem whose answer is the number on the tablet. The player has to think quickly as Noah keeps running, if he gets to the stream before they have completed the problem he falls in the water. If they create the correct problem a bridge forms and he runs safely to the next island. If they create an incorrect problem the bridge still forms but it collapses when Noah runs across, and he falls in the water. After solving three  problems correctly Noah reaches the stranded animal and gets him onto the Ark which completes the level.

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As Noah is always running the player has to think quickly to keep him from falling in the water, but collecting food adds another layer of complexity. All the animals on the Ark need feeding and food (corn, fish, pineapples or acorns) is above Noah’s head as he runs. To collect it the player has to double tap to make Noah jump at the right time. If they collect very little food the food meter turns red and Noah runs out of energy. Players can replay levels to collect food they have missed, and improve their score, and they need to complete the multiplication problems correctly each time to complete that level.

Analysis

Although the gameplay is in essence very simple, completing the levels does take quick thinking, fast recall and good reflexes. Even as an adult with good mental arithmetic skills I found I often had to replay levels to get perfect scores as it is tricky to answer the problems fast enough and time the jumps right to collect the food.

For each times table the problems include multipliers up to 12 e.g. the lowest level could include 4 x 12. Although this was how I learned my times tables, I have noticed some schools now only teach up to x 10. I would like to see an option to limit it to x10, if your child is learning that way. I would also like an option to add multiple player profiles, so that families with more than one child working on their multiplication skills can track their individual progress and let them compete against each other.

The app has an online leaderboard in it- but kids can not sign up from within the app (a good thing) a link is provided so that parents can enter it in a browser and sign up for the leaderboard if they wish to do so. Once they have completed all levels if the enter a parents email address they will be sent a certificate of completion.

I think the game is designed to be fast paced so that children will have to repeat levels multiple times to get high scores, so that they get a lot of repetition which is a good thing. However, some children with slower reflexes or slower processing speeds may find it frustrating that although they know the answers to the problem they can’t complete the problems in time to stop Noah falling in the water, or they can’t  co-ordinate their tapping quickly enough to answer the questions and jump for the food. With this in mind I’d like to see an option to have different speeds – maybe an Easy, Regular and Fast speed so that slower children can still use the app and to give different levels of challenge which would encourage even more repetition as skills improve.

Summary

Overall, a fun way for kids to practice their multiplication skills whilst playing an Endless Runner game, Running Noah has 48 levels to work on times tables from 1-4 all the way up to 12x. The app is free to download an include the first episode (12 levels) for free – this is a good way to test the app and see if it catches your child’s interest. If it does the $1.99 to unlock the rest of the app is good value. It is child friendly with no adverts, social media or external links.

iTunes Link:Running Noah – Useappility

Running Noah Running Noah by Useappility

Price: $FREE

“…an app that helps kids improve their multiplication skills” BestAppsforKids.com
“…makes practicing multiplication fun by incorporating it into an endless runner game” theimum.com
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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.

Multiply Pizza Pie by FizzBrain Apps -Review



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What we love…

Develops number sense and understanding of what multiplication means. Multi-sensory, no time constraints, can work at their own pace, maths strategies, fun theme

What we’d love to see…

More ability to organize the restaurant accessories

Summary

Multiply Pizza Pie is a great introduction to multiplication as it helps develop the players number sense as they physically tap out the plates and toppings. It helps to turn the abstract concept of a multiplication equation into real life by relating them to food orders. A very useful app for students starting to learn multiplication and for students with special needs or who need extra help to really understanding multiplication

Our Rating

Multiply Pizza PieMultiplication is an important foundational mathematics skill, and one that many students struggle to master. Developing understanding of multiplication and strategies for multiplication within 100, is part of the Common Core standards for 3rd grade math in the U.S.A. Often students are encouraged to use flash cards to learn their multiplication facts by “drill and kill,”  but this doesn’t help them really understand the concepts. Multiply Pizza Pie by Fizz Brain apps is a new Edapp that uses a different approach to teaching multiplication, without rote memorization. Multiply Pizza Pie has a restaurant theme and players practice their multiplication skills whilst serving food to diners in their restaurant. The app allows multiple student profiles and lets the player choose whether to work on x2345, x6789 or on multiples of any individual number from 2-9. The app contains both an animated tutorial and a video tutorial that explain how to use the app. Before they start serving food to their diners, players can select to read the “multiplication strategies.” This gives students skills they can use to work out the more difficult multiples using ones they may already know e.g. using knowledge of  2x to work out questions involving 3x.

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Gameplay

The player is working in a restaurant and receives a food order e.g. the diner wants 5 pizzas each with 4 pepperoni on it. The player taps on the pizza 5 times to throw out the required number of pizzas, then taps on each pizza four times to get the right number of toppings. Once they have prepared the food they tap on “ready”. If they have made a mistake with the toppings the incorrect plate(s) are highlighted. Extra plates or toppings can be removed by swiping. Counting out the plates and tapping out the toppings add a tactile element to working out the equation that is similar to using manipulatives in the classroom.

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When the order is correct they move to to making the guest check – to do this they have to create a multiplication sentence. The diner is charged $1 per topping so to calculate the check they multiply the number of plates by the number of toppings on each plate. If they do this correctly a check is created and they earn the money they have charged the customer, if it is incorrect they can try again until it is right.

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 They then serve the completed order in the restaurant by throwing the food to the customer. My son found this hilarious as he discovered he could also bounce the meals off the walls until it arrived at the customer. As the food is served the narrator counts the numbers of toppings served, so if 4 pizzas each with 6 toppings are delivered they would count 6,12,18,24 – further reinforcing multiples of 6.

 

Rewards

The restaurant is initially unfurnished and players can use the money they earn from food sales to buy furniture, artwork, decorative features and accessories.

The players start only serving pizza in an Italian restaurant, but as they play they can unlock new toppings, new dishes and new restaurants .  When they unlock a new restaurant they automatically start serving in it, and don’t have the option to go back to the previous restaurant. The new restaurant is a blank slate with none of the furnishing from the previous establishment. The restaurants currently in the app are: Italian, Japanese, Mexican, American, Middle Eastern, Chinese, French, Indian, Ethiopian, Polish and Fusion.  Once they have unlocked all  ten of the restaurants this allows free play mode and they can then choose which restaurant to use.

Having the restaurants to furnish is a fun reward, but I did find a few issues with it. The restaurant scene is quite small so gets crowded with furniture quickly, and there appears to be no way to remove old furniture to replace it with new choices. Because you can earn money quite quickly when practicing higher order multiples, you can run out of things to spend it on as you have no room to display new purchases. However, the money does transfer so you can use it to decorate your new restaurant when you unlock it. I also found that sometimes moving a piece of furniture caused it to duplicate, so you could have 3 identical paintings and 4 identical tables which could be frustrating when you have only a small place to decorate.

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Reporting

The app records which group of multiples the student worked on for a particular date e.g [x2345], [x7], [x6789] and how many problems they did for each set. This can be viewed as a daily, weekly or monthly report, which can be emailed to a teacher or parent. Because the app uses errorless learning there is no indication of “right” or “wrong” answers (the student has to complete it correctly to be able to finish the problem). There is also no indication of whether they got the multiplication sentence correct on the first try or if they needed multiple attempts. The reports are useful to show what the student has been working on, but won’t give any indication or whether or not they have mastery of that multiple.

Summary

Multiply Pizza Pie is a great introduction to multiplication as it helps develop the players number sense as they physically tap out the plates and toppings. It helps to turn the abstract concept of a multiplication equation into real life by relating them to food orders. The app uses multiple senses as the student hears the order, feels the numbers as they tap out the toppings and sees the problem as a written sentence,  a maths equation and as physical objects. I like the fun cartoon-like illustrations and how all the gameplay ties into the restaurant theme as students see real-life applications for using maths skills. This app would be very useful for students just starting to learn multiplication and for students with special needs or others who need some extra help in really understanding multiplication. My daughter is almost at the end of 3rd grade and has been working on learning multiplication this school year, I wish the app had been available at the start of the school year as I think she would have picked up the concepts more quickly. At this point in time she knows most of her multiplication facts within 100 but just needs more practice to know them 100%. At the stage she is at the gameplay was a little slow for her, but what she found really useful was the strategies for using familiar multiples to work out more difficult ones. After playing the app I have seen her using these strategies to solve problems and even teaching them to her brother, and that alone is more than worth the cost of the app!

 

iTunes Link: Multiply Pizza Pie – FIZZBRAIN LLC

Multiply Pizza Pie Multiply Pizza Pie by FIZZBRAIN LLC

Price: $2.99 USD

Multiply Pizza Pie is a super fun math game that helps children master multiplication facts while building strong number sense! It is the OPPOSITE of "drill and kill"!

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Dragon Shapes – Lumio Geometry Challenge By Lighthouse Learning – Review




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What we love…

bright, colorful high quality graphics, engaging gameplay, fully narrated, fun, challenging and educational

What we’d love to see…

Addition of multiple player profiles, even more levels!

Summary

Highly recommended- Dragon Shapes is the best kind of educational app: players will have so much fun solving all the tangram puzzles that they won’t realize they are learning important mathematical concepts at the same time.

Our Rating

Dragon Shapes - Lumio Geometry Challenge (Full Version)first reviewed Dragon Shapes back in October 2013 and loved it, and with a major update to version 2.0 it is even better now!  It has more puzzles, new settings, new rewards, an option to play against the clock, a new parents guide and best of all it is now fully narrated.

There is a free version with in-app purchase for a full unlock, and full paid version without IAP. All external links are in the locked parents section.

Dragon Shapes is a Tangram app with a difference, it teaches geometry using a series of 80 tangram puzzles and also incorporates a story about the legend of the first Shape Master. The story is told as a series of short animated movies between sections of puzzles.

Druzzle the Dragon lives in the village of Tan in ancient China. One night whilst watching smoke rising from the chimneys in the village, Druzzle sees smoke in the shape of the dragon; he follows it and gets lost. The village folk are distraught and want to find him, the only clue is some dragon scales of different shapes that he left behind – will re-arranging them give a clue? They arrange the scales to form a butterfly and one brave warrior follows it on a quest to get Druzzle back. To succeed in the quest he must solve many different puzzles and become the Shape Master! As the player works their way through the tangram puzzles, they too acquire the skills needed to become a Shape Master. For each puzzle they can earn up to 3 lightening bolts, and at the end of each section they can see how close they are coming to being a Shape Master, both in terms of number of puzzles completed and number of lightning bolts collected.

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There are 4 sections, each containing 20 puzzles. In the parents section there is an option to switch on or off puzzle locks, if the locks are on the player must complete the puzzles in order, if off they can do them in whatever order they wish. The locks can also be reset. This is useful if a new player is using the app. I’d love to also see multiple player profiles added- I have several kids who all like to play this app, so it can be hard to keep track of who is on what level.

Each section includes 20 tangram puzzles in a theme: butterfly shapes, water shapes, mountain shapes and starlight shapes. As the player completes the puzzles they also learn mathematical terminology, and learn about the properties of different geometric shapes. The puzzles start very simple, such as putting 2 triangles together to make a square, and increase in complexity as you move through the levels. If the player gets stuck tapping on the light bulb symbol will reveal hints one step at a time, the hints can be switched off in settings if you wish. If they make it through an entire level without using any hints they earn a dragon scroll. A new addition in this update is that the app is now fully narrated – this is a great improvement, as it now makes the app fully accessible to children who aren’t yet proficient readers.

The tangram puzzles use various sized triangles, a square and a parallelogram. The player is given the correct number of pieces, but may need to rotate them to solve the puzzle. The puzzles are simple in the early levels and gradually evolve to very complex ones in the higher levels. As they complete the puzzles players learn how different shapes relate to each other, and how you can create one geometric shape using others, for instance you can create a pentagon using five triangles. They also learn that there is more than one way to create a particular shape using combinations of shapes. For an additional challenge in the final section, starlight shapes, players learn to “copy shapes” by re-creating a shape without a template to fit the pieces in.

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The app is designed for 6-10 year-olds, but I believe it will appeal to a much wider range of ages than. With the addition of narration it will appeal to some younger students, and the tangrams are fun an challenging enough that many adults will enjoy solving them -I know I do ! This is an app my whole family enjoys playing, and that has stood the test of time, all of my children were excited to learn that there were 30 new puzzles to solve and couldn’t wait to try them out.

By playing the app students learn to look at shapes in a whole new way. They work on spatial awareness, visualization and rotation skills as well as learning terminology and attributes of different geometric shapes. Dragon Shapes is the best kind of educational app: it has bright, colorful high quality graphics and engaging gameplay; it is fun, challenging and educational. Highly recommended! Players will have so much fun solving all the tangram puzzles that they won’t realize they are learning important mathematical concepts at the same time. A great educational app made even better with the new update !

Full version: Dragon Shapes – Lumio Geometry Challenge (Full Version) – Lighthouse Learning

Dragon Shapes - Lumio Geometry Challenge (Full Version) Dragon Shapes - Lumio Geometry Challenge (Full Version) by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $2.99 USD

Solve geometric math puzzles and unlock the legend of the Dragon Shapes Geometry Challenge with this Lumio math app.

This version has no in-app purchase and will work with the Volume Purchase Program.


Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge – Lighthouse Learning

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Price: $FREE

Solve math puzzles and unlock the legend of Dragon Shapes!

'Highly recommended... fun, challenging and teaches new skills' - theimum.com

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30 Halloween Apps for Fun and Learning



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We first published this list in October 2012 and have updated it to include some new favorites. In this selection you will find educational apps and apps that are just for fun. The apps include ones that work on spelling, early maths, puzzles, hidden objects, physics puzzlers, coloring and drawing. We have included many free and low-priced apps. Also check out our 25 Great Halloween Book Apps for Kids.

Toca Boo by Toca Boca. In Toca Boca’s latest app a little girl Bonnie decides to dress up as a ghost and scare here family by jumping out at them and shouting “boo!” Her family live in in a rambling old house that is in darkness and family members use flashlights to see. You play as Bonnie and set a spooky atmosphere by turning things off and on, and making spooky sound effects, then as a family member approaches you use furniture to help you hide. If you succeed in scaring them you can get great reactions from Bonnie’s family.

Download here : Toca Boo – Toca Boca AB


Toca Boo Toca Boo by Toca Boca AB

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Did I scare you!? My name is Bonnie and my family loves to spook! Do you want to scare them back? Follow me and I'll show you how!

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Float around the house and look for the family.

Sago Mini Monsters by Sago Sago has had an update with Halloween themed accessories and is currently free! The action takes place in a green, oozing, bubbling swamp – suddenly the top of a head pops up from the slime. The child drags it up from the swamp and they can begin to create their own lovable monster. They can colorit and all all kinds of accessories that appear from the ooze. [Read our full review]

Download here:Sago Mini Monsters – Sago Sago


Sago Mini Monsters Sago Mini Monsters by Sago Sago

Price: $2.99 USD

Create your own colorful monster! Make your monster happy with paint, food, and decorations. When you’re finished, snap a photo to share with mom and dad. Make as many monsters as you like. Each monster.

Room on The Broom Games by Magic Light Pictures. This delightful app is a collection of mini-games suitable for preschool and early elementary school age children. It is based on the award winning book “Room on the Broom” written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The app is accompanied by peaceful background music, but Axel’s beautiful illustrations are really the star of the show. For fans of Room on the Broom this is a must-have app, and those not familiar with the book will enjoy it too – and may be tempted to get the book or the movie! This app is a great choice for a non-scary Halloween themed app. [Here is our full review]

Download here: Room on the Broom Games – Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Room on the Broom: Games Room on the Broom: Games by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Price: $2.99 USD

BAFTA NOMINATED GAME based on the No.1 Halloween children's picture book!

**Perfect for 3 - 7 year olds with no in-app purchases. "A must-have app” The i Mums**

***Great technical support.

Monster Physics by Dan Russel-Pinson starts by letting you build your Monster who is your personal crash test dummy for all your experiments. Once you’ve made your monster you can choose from 3 options 1) Learn 2) Build and 3) Missions. Learn teaches basic physics concepts and terms such as gravity, friction, mass and velocity. In Build you can create any inventions you like using the included parts, and Missions has a series of challenges to complete. This is an incredibly well-done physics puzzler and an all time favorite in my house. [Here is our full review]

Download here:Monster Physics™ – Freecloud Design, Inc.

Monster Physics® Monster Physics® by Freecloud Design, Inc.

Price: $1.99 USD

▸ 2012 Editor's Choice Award! - Children's Technology Review
▸ "a fun, educational app that hits the mark with kids" - The iPhone Mom

Monster Physics® is a unique building app that lets.

My Beastly ABC’s by Duncan Studios. My Beastly ABC’s by Duncan Studios is a delightfully designed ABC app designed to teach and entertain children with an interactive storybook format featuring vibrant illustrations and animations that children and their parents will love. The interactive story features a little boy who goes from morning when he gets up on the “wrong side of the bed” and his beastly adventures throughout the day with a variety of mythical creatures on every page in alphabetical order. The app is narrated or “performed” by the well-known British actor Jim Dale, who has narrated all seven books in the Harry Potter series. [Here is our full review]

Download here: My Beastly ABCs – Duncan Studio

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Mystery Math Town by Artgig Studios. Educational and entertaining, this beautifully done app will sharpen children’s mathematical skills as they explore Mystery Math Town and get acquainted with it’s fascinating residents and learning at the same time. This app is geared toward elementary school age children and practices addition, subtraction and multiplication. [Here is our full review]

Download here: Mystery Math Town – Artgig Studio

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Use your math skills to rescue the fireflies in Mystery Math Town for ages 6 and up.

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Giggle Ghosts by Busy Bee Studios. Aimed at children aged 2 – 99 this app is an adorable way to practice physics while also practicing our counting skills, trajectory (ghost bounces) and having fun at the same time. This app goes from easy levels to more progressively difficult and you may find that younger children have a difficult time with the higher levels. Even as a parent, I enjoy this one! [Here is our full review]

Download here:Giggle Ghosts – Busy Bee Studios

Giggle Ghosts: Counting Fun! Giggle Ghosts: Counting Fun! by Busy Bee Studios

Price: $0.99 USD

A counting game for toddlers and preschoolers learning numbers, Giggle Ghosts also helps practice hand-eye coordination as kids bounce and count laughing ghosts off of musical chimneys!

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Kilubu: Magic Potions by Kuipe. Does your child dream of being Harry Potter or Hermione Granger ? Would they like brew up magic potions and turn someone into a unicorn or become invisible? In this app players explore Sacha’s potion store and help him create different potions. Sacha has a big book of potions to help, but sometimes he doesn’t have quite all the information on how to make the potion perfectly, so the player helps him to perfect the recipe.
[Read our full review]
Download here: Kilubu : Magic Potions – Kiupe


Kilubu : Magic Potions Kilubu : Magic Potions by Kiupe

Price: $2.99 USD

Have you always dreamed of becoming an alchemist and create magic potions?
It is now possible with "Kilubu: magic potions"! Your daring and curious friend Sacha is willing to try out any of the funny.

Toca Kitchen Monsters by Toca Boca. In this FREE monster version of Toca Kitchen, children will love to cook and feed the monsters while they watch the monsters play and mess around with the food! There are the usual kitchen appliances and food can be seasoned, cut, boiled, fried, microwaved, blended or prepared in any combination of these methods. Children can explore what food each monster like or hate and the preferred way of food preparation while learning about the simple science of cooking and food vocabulary. There is even a vegetarian food option. [Here is our full review]

Download here:Toca Kitchen Monsters – Toca Boca AB

Toca Kitchen Monsters Toca Kitchen Monsters by Toca Boca AB

Price: $FREE

Ever wanted to play with your food?

Now you can! In this Monster edition of the super-hit Toca Kitchen you can cook and play with food for two hungry monsters. Pick any ingredient and prepare it.

Toontastic by LaunchPad Toys. Toontastic is a fun creative storytelling tool. Children can use it to create their own spooky Halloween cartoons using characters in the app or ones they create themselves. Your child can upload their finished cartoons to the ToonTube to share with family and friends. href=”http://www.theimum.com/2013/08/toontastic-all-access-pass-by-launchpad-toys-review-giveaway/” target=”_blank”>Here is our full review of Toontastic ]

Download here: Toontastic – Create & Share Cartoons – Launchpad Toys

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Holidays 4 Scary Little Halloween Games For Kids by Jan Essig. This app includes both Halloween and Easter versions, and a Christmas version is coming soon – you just go into settings to change the version to suit the Holiday. Each version has 4 games – all designed to suit the holiday theme. Halloween has naughts and crosses played with pumpkins and monster heads; a ghost and pumpkin version of the shell game; a copy the sequence game with ghouls popping out of their graves and a graveyard version of whac-a-mole. The app also includes a parental timer so you can limit how long your child can Play.

Download here:Holidays – 4 scary little Halloween games for kids – Jan Essig


Holidays Junior Holidays Junior by Jan Essig

Price: $1.99 USD

Holidays is a collection of 4 fun spring themed games for kids aged 4-7 years old.

The games included in Holidays are:
• TICTACTOE: You can play against your device or against a friend

Halloween Witches of Maths by SulaWorks. This Halloween-themed math app has children from 6-9 practicing addition and subtraction to 50, multiplication, shape matching and counting and memory. Kids earn virtual candy as they practice their math skills and can trade candy for reward games.

Download here: 01Halloween witches of maths – algebra, geometry and funy games – Daniel Piontzik


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Price: $0.99 USD

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Witches of maths is an educational app for children ages 6-9 to practice doing maths.
The app contains five mini games, which help improve algebra skills (.

 

iLuv Drawing Halloween by Learn with Fun Apps. With this app your child can learn how to draw 14 Halloween characters by following step by step directions. Included in the app are a vampire, mummy, pumpkin, owl, bat, zombie, ghost, devil, skeleton and mummy and more. They can choose from a selection of different backgrounds and decorate it with stickers too. Using the iLuv drawing apps is great for increasing their confidence in their ability to draw, learning new drawing skills and it improves their on paper drawing skills too.

Download here: iLuv Drawing Halloween HD – learn how to draw halloween characters step by step – MyVijan LLC

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Eye Paint Monsters by Curious Hat. With this FREE app you can use your creative side to produce some fun Halloween pictures, including monsters, bats, a ghost and a witch. The app includes pictures by artist Francesco Chiacchio. These are fun, cartoon- like renditions and you can use your iPad or iPhone camera to find the right color for a section you want to color in. You can also use your camera to create the background for the picture – so the monster could be in your living room or the ghost sitting next to your child. The brush feature gives you more creative possibilities by letting you just use your camera image in the area you draw with the paintbrush.

Download here:EyePaint Monsters – Curious Hat


EyePaint Monsters EyePaint Monsters by Curious Hat

Price: $FREE

Paint with the camera on your device! The colors are all around you!

EyePaint offers your child the opportunity to create amazing images alongside world-renowned artists, by completing their illustrations.

Happi Halloween by Happi Papi. In this new, FREE Halloween app, two players play against each other, whilst spooky sound effects and music set the scene. One is firing pumpkins, the other spiders, they are aiming to launch them into the vortex, but it is not as easy as it sounds – the vortex is constantly moving, as are little balls which whizz around getting in the way.

Download here: Happi Halloween – Happi Papi

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Price: $FREE

Join Happi and Papi for some Halloween fun in this multiplayer game on one device.

Beat your opponent by launching your spiders into the vortex before he does the same with his pumpkins.

Zombies I Make by iMagine machine. With this app you can create your own hideous zombies by mixing and matching a huge array of ghoulish body parts. You can save them to your camera roll, in the in-app gallery or email them (parental gate on email feature). The app is free to download, there is an in-app purchase (currently $1.99) for a full unlock- of backgrounds and all body parts, but most of the app is available for free.

Download here: Zombies iMake – Imagine and Create Zombies and Monsters – iMagine Machine LTD

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Price: $FREE

Picked by Apple as Best New Apps & Games for kids World Wide.

From the makers of the award-winning and much-loved Faces iMake™ series comes the mutant-inspired collage maker: Zombies iMake. Fun.


Plume’s School Halloween  by Mathilde Lemee is about Plume and her friends as they learn words related to Halloween. The app practices vocabulary, practicing ABCs, fine motor skills through drag and drop, memory skills by matching a written word to an image. The app is available in English and French and is geared to children from preschool through early elementary school.

Download here: Plume’s school – Halloween – HD – for 2-7 years old – Mathilde Lemee

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Price: $FREE

Come and discover Plume’s world! Join Plume and her two friends as they discover the world of Halloween and all the new words that go with it! Witch, pumpkin, sweet, vampire -- they are all here to .

 

Halloween Heroes – Fun & Ecofriendly costumes for kids by Yogome. Want to celebrate Halloween in a green way ? This app from Yogome encourages children to think green, it has 5 fun Halloween themed mini-games which all involve sorting recyclables. It also contains tips for a greener Halloween and Halloween crafts from recycled and re-purposed materials.
Download here:Halloween Heroes – Fun & Ecofriendly costumes for kids – Yogome, Inc

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First Words Halloween by Learning Touch. This app by Learning Touch is for pre-readers to learn letter recognition with fun animations and sound effects. This app features bright illustrations and entertaining sounds focused on a Halloween theme and includes objects and costumes such as a witch, hat, pumpkin and many more. [Here is our full review]
Download here:First Words Halloween – Learning Touch

First Words Halloween First Words Halloween by Learning Touch LLC

Price: $1.99 USD

- "Best Apps: Our Recommendations for Families" -- Common Sense Media
- "Best iPhone Apps of the Week" -- AppAdvice
- "Great choice for toddlers, just hurry up and get it!" -- Apps4Kids
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Build A Scare by BrettIn this cute app you get to build your own monster and then turn him into a jigsaw puzzle. You start by picking a background and a body. Then for arms, legs, noses, eyes, ears/horns, and mouths you spin a spinner to see how many parts you can add e.g. 3 noses, then you pick the noses from a selection of ten different ones. Once you have made your monster you can save him to your photo roll, make a puzzle from him (with 3 difficulty levels), make a new monster or make a jigsaw out of any picture in you photo library. Very bright colorful graphics make cheerful friendly monsters. This app can be enjoyed from toddlers up through elementary school age.

Download here:Build a Scare HD – Brett Latimer

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Spooky Story Dice by Thinkamigo. If you love telling spooky stories, especially over Halloween, you’ll love Spooky Story Dice. Featuring realistic dice sounds and images, you roll the dice to generate different ideas for a scary story. This app is great for all ages and you don’t need to be able to read to play but you do need an imagination!

Download here:Spooky Story Dice – Thinkamingo

Spooky Story Dice Spooky Story Dice by Thinkamingo

Price: $0.99 USD

Spooky Story Dice is a creative tool to prompt ideas for plot, character, and setting. This idea generator can be used effectively for both written and oral storytelling.

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Henry’s Spooky Headlamp by Campfire AppsAimed at children aged 2 – 6 this app is a “find a hidden object” app where you have a flashlight controlled by your fingertip and you must find a variety of objects within the app. My son loves playing with this app and it helps practice fine motor skills, search and find, matching as well as having the “spooky” component to it, but is not too scary.

Download here:Henry’s Spooky Headlamp – Campfire Apps, LLC.

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Casper Scare School -Costume Closet by Mindshapes. Aimed at children 3-6 years, this app will help strengthen the users short-term memory and introduce them to memory recall, object recognition, sorting and grouping by mixing and matching a variety of costumes for Casper and his friends, Mantha and Ra, to dress up in. They can be anything from Frankenstein or a Fairy to a hairy Werewolf and all spooky things in between! [Here is our full review]

Download here:Casper Scare School – Costume Closet – Mindshapes Limited

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Coloring Pages – Spooky coloring book for kids full of fun monsters like zombies, witches, ghosts and vampires By Weiner Family Studios. is a cute coloring book app with monsters, ghosts and vampires. You use the app like a coloring page and then you can save your images to the camera roll, look at older versions of the same picture while being able to share them with others. A delightful twist on a spooky (but not scary) classic coloring book.

Download here:Coloring Pages – Spooky coloring book for kids full of fun monsters like zombies, witches, ghosts and vampires – Weiner Family Studios

Coloring Pages - Spooky coloring book for kids full of fun monsters like zombies, witches,  ghosts and vampires Coloring Pages - Spooky coloring book for kids full of fun monsters like zombies, witches, ghosts and vampires by Weiner Family Studios

Price: $1.99 USD

*** AWARDED Fun Educational Apps Top Favorite

"I love it. Don't laugh but I'm 76 and have been having a blast with this. I sent app on to daughters so they could download for their grandchildren.

Halloween Kids Puzzles: Pirate, Vampire and Mummy Games for Toddlers, Boys and Girls by Scott Adelman

This Halloween puzzle app contains 12 different Halloween themed jigsaw puzzles. For each puzzle you can vary the number of pieces- 9,12, 16, 20 or 24 pieces, and switch the background picture and piece outlines on or off. The pictures are colorful, friendly images based on the Halloween theme such as dancing ghosts or children trick or treating. Completing the puzzle triggers an animation. A free lite version is also available.

Download here:Halloween Kids Puzzles: Pirate, Vampire and Mummy Games for Toddlers, Boys and Girls – Scott Adelman

Halloween Kids Puzzles: Gold Halloween Kids Puzzles: Gold by Scott Adelman Apps Inc

Price: $1.99 USD

Are your kids excited for Halloween? Do they love pumpkins, black cats, candy and costumes? Then they will love Halloween Kids Puzzles, a fun animated puzzle game for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids.

A sequel just came out with lots more Halloween Puzzles:Halloween Kids Puzzles 2: Ghost, Zombie and Witch Games for Toddlers, Boys and Girls
Download here:Halloween Kids Puzzles 2: Ghost, Zombie and Witch Games for Toddlers, Boys and Girls – Scott Adelman Apps Inc

Halloween Kids Puzzles 2: Ghost, Zombie and Witch Games for Toddlers, Boys and Girls Halloween Kids Puzzles 2: Ghost, Zombie and Witch Games for Toddlers, Boys and Girls by Scott Adelman Apps Inc

Price: $FREE

Are you ready for Halloween? Show your Halloween spirit with this adorable themed puzzle app! 12 cute and funny puzzles come to life when completed and have an animated Halloween party- how cool is .

Five Little Monkeys Halloween by Loeschware. With this app your children can practice addition and subtraction of Halloween clad monkey’s, opposites such as stop/go, on/off, open/close, and touching a variety of objects within the room.  Reading and Singing using word highlighting to encourage early pre-reading skills.  Fun interactive elements include a candy surprise, a friendly spider, Halloween costumes on the characters as well as a dancing skeleton.
Download here:Five Little Monkeys Halloween HD – LoeschWare

Five Little Monkeys Halloween HD Five Little Monkeys Halloween HD by LoeschWare

Price: $1.99 USD

->The original version is currently an Apple handpicked selection for the "App Store Essentials: Special Education"

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I SPY Spooky Mansion HD by Scholastic. Classic ISPY game where you hunt for hidden objects all over a spooky mansion, you can zoom in and out to look for details. Good for elementary school age children, my son has had hours of fun with this app. There is also an iPhone version available.

Download here:I SPY Spooky Mansion for iPad – Scholastic Inc.

I SPY Spooky Mansion for iPad I SPY Spooky Mansion for iPad by Scholastic Inc.

Price: $3.99 USD

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***Parent's Choice Gold Award
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Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents® magazine. With this FREE app you can pick and carve your Jack-o-Lantern with no knives required ! Choose from a variety of pumpkins, then “carve” your pattern or choose from a variety of wacky eyes, noses, and mouths. You can save your creation to your camera roll or share it.

Download here: Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents magazine – Resolute Digital, LLC


Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents magazine Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents magazine by Resolute Digital, LLC

Price: $FREE

Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents® magazine is the easiest — and safest (no knives involved!) -- way to make jack-o-lanterns with your family this Halloween. Choose from five different pumpkin styles, then.

Halloween Edition of Cool Guy Photobooth by PlaneTree Family Productions. With this app your child can try on lots of virtual costumes to get in the mood for Halloween! You can use the iPhone/ iPad camera or photos from your camera roll to create lots of fun pictures with costumes, accessories, borders and captions. You can save completed images to your camera roll or print them (with an Airprint printer). From your camera roll you can email them as Halloween cards
Download here: Halloween edition of Cool Guy Photo Booth –Ghosts, pirates, ninjas and more fun and spooky dress up props and stickers editor activity for kid and boys – PlaneTree Family Productions


Little guy photo booth –Creative playtime editor for kids and boys Little guy photo booth –Creative playtime editor for kids and boys by PlaneTree Family Productions

Price: $1.99 USD

Your kid has a wild imagination? Does your little cool guy LOVE to take pictures? Great! You've come to the right place! With "Little Guy Photo Booth" kids can create their own funny, cool or spooky photos.

 

Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication By Lighthouse Learning – Review




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What we love…

Bright, colorful, engaging graphics and animation, fully narrated, great for visual learners

What we’d love to see…

Multiple user profiles, more levels

Summary

A well-made, bright, colorful, engaging app with high quality graphics and animation, Llama Drama is useful both for children starting to learn multiplication and division, and for those struggling with it.

Our Rating

Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication Llama Drama : Lumio Multiplication is the latest educational app from UK- based developer Lighthouse Learning.  It is their second educational app to target multiplication skills,  the first was Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide basics , which we recently reviewed. Llama drama is fully narrated, so a student who is not yet a confident reader can fully access the content.

 

Llama Drama uses the concept of arrays – a classical tool for developing an understanding of multiplication and division. With arrays the student arranges a group of objects into equal rows which helps them to visualize and understand more complex math problems.  Llama Drama has 3 sections:  Animal Arrays, Multiplying Llamas and Divide and Capture. It is an free app with a single in-app purchase to unlock the full app (currently $2.99). The free app gives you access to 11/40 levels of animal arrays, 6/20 levels of Multiplying Llamas, and 4/20 levels of Divide and Capture; which is enough to give you a good feel of the app. It has no adverts and external links are locked from within a gated parents area.

 

With the app students can learn to build the Times Tables for themselves (to more fully understand them, before memorizing them). They can also discover factors by starting with a whole number and making as many different arrays as possible. They can also use known facts to learn unknown facts by splitting and joining arrays.

Animal Arrays

In this section the child learns about the concept of arrays, and practices creating arrays by putting animals in rows in different pens. They create arrays to match the numbers they are given – first by switching around pre-made rows and later by creating their own.  They learn how you can use an array to represent a multiplication problem e.g. 3×5, and learn how to split and add arrays. This teaches them that they can use known facts to learn unknown facts by splitting and adding arrays, e.g. if they know 3×1 and 3×2 they can work out 3×3 by adding arrays (3×1) + (3×2) = (3×3). There are 40 levels in this section with 6 short animations as rewards

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Multiplying Llamas

In this section they move on to building arrays to solve problems. First they have a complete problem such as 4×8=32 which they need to represent with an array, then 1 factor is missing e.g ? x3 =21, then 2 factors e.g. ? x ? = 54.

To create an array: 1) they move their finger across the grid to create a row and the app counts how many animals in the row; then 2) they move their finger down the grid and new rows are added, as they do so the app counts how many animals are within their  array. They can move their finger left or right to change the number of animals in a row, and up or down to change the number of rows. They must keep their finger on the screen until they have completed their array; once they lift it the array is filled in with animals. If they are happy with their answer pressing the check button will submit it, if not they can just start again creating a new array. There is a hint button if they need help. There are 20 levels in this section and two short animations.

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Divide and Capture

In this section the student learns that arrays can also demonstrate division problems, so a 2×5 grid can also show 10 ÷ 5 = 2. They then move on to using arrays to solve problems with 1, then 2 missing factors. They also learn that there can be more than one answer to a question with 2 missing factors and learn to create multiple arrays for e.g. 10÷?=?. This section reinforces the fact that division and multiplication are very closely related. The higher levels demonstrate that you can use the same array to represent both a multiplication and a division problem.  Many children who can multiply are scared of division, and the app shows them how closely the two are related. It shows them that if e.g. they know how to multiply 6×4 to get 24,  they can also solve 24÷6 and 24÷4. There are 20 levels in this section and one short animation, hints are available.

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Lighthouse Learning make high quality, engaging apps that work on tricky maths concepts, and Llama Drama is a useful addition to their lineup. Many children find multiplication and division intimidating, so I think it is important to show them different approaches to solving these problems, so they can see which works best for them. For visual learners arrays can be a great way to demonstrate how to solve these problems. This app is not designed to teach the Times Tables, and children will still need to learn them, but it is designed to help children more fully understand multiplication and division and thus improve their confidence when faced with these problems. I think the addition of narration is a great feature as it makes it fully accessible to children who aren’t yet confident readers. In future updates I’d love to see multiple player profiles and more levels added. A well-made, bright, colorful, engaging app with high quality graphics and animation, Llama Drama is useful both for children starting to learn multiplication and division, and for those struggling with it.

Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication – Lighthouse Learning

Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $FREE

The llamas are running wild! Can you untangle this farm fiasco?

Help kids understand the tricky topic of multiplication by solving visual problems.

Kids build number fluency, develop strategies.

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.

 

Quick Fractions by Shiny Things – Review




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What we love…

good drills, easy to play, plenty of opportunities to practice fractions, smile yet engaging
interface

What we’d love to see…

ability to disable the Game Center, even better handwriting recognition

Summary

This is an excellent app for those who want to get better at fractions and for those enjoy
math challenges.

Our Rating

Quick Fractions

Quick Fractions is the newest addition to Shiny Things Apps’ series of math games which include Quick Math, Quick Math+, and Quick Clocks. Quick Fractions aims to strengthen mathematical skills in fractions through rapid drills and some fun and friendly competition.

There are four different drills included in the app: equivalence, comparison, addition + subtraction, and multiplication + division. Each of these has four difficulty levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and extreme. The extreme level requires knowledge in percents and decimals in relation to fractions. Players input their answers by writing anywhere on the screen. This is great because it makes it easy to enter answers. The drawback is that players must input it in a way that the game recognizes what was written. There were times my child wrote a number and although it looked legible to me, the app did not recognize it.

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There are a total of ten problems to be solved per game and the goal is to solve them all correctly as quickly as possible. Problems may be skipped, but it will cost the player an incorrect answer and incurred time. After a game is played, the app shows the player’s time and a reward of one, two, or three stars. The player with the fastest time goes to the top of the leaderboard. Players can also challenge their friends to beat their fastest time. This gives players the option to compete against a friend or group of friends instead of against the general public. I would also like to see an option to disable the Game Center completely and have only the player’s own high scores displayed on the leaderboard. Some players may be more encouraged by competing against themselves and seeing their own scores on the leaderboard rather than by competing with others.

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Some neat features are included in this app. A progress chart allows players to track their times on all modes and difficulty levels. There is a setting for handwriting recognition which allows players to choose between two styles of writing numbers and decimals. Players can customize their names and select from a number of avatars. More avatars become available after playing several games and a certain amount of stars have been earned.

Note that this app does not teach fractions. A working knowledge of fractions is necessary to play and enjoy this game. It is well suited for older children, adults, math fans, and math wizards. It can be used as a math class supplement to help students become faster at recognizing and solving fraction problems.

Quick Fractions will stimulate the brain and help players become more adept at fractions. It can be played competitively, and it can be played leisurely. It is worth having in anyone’s app collection, especially for those who enjoy a good math workout.

Quick Fractions – Shiny Things


Quick Fractions Quick Fractions by Shiny Things

Price: $1.99 USD

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Perfect for those just starting out with fractions, more advanced students.

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Price: $FREE

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Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics by Lighthouse Learning- Review



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What we love…

Presents important multiplication and division concepts in a way even young children can understand, bright, colorful, engaging math app.

What we’d love to see…

Addition of narration and more levels.

Summary

Overall, a well designed supplementary maths app that gives young children an opportunity to really understand important maths concepts and by teaching multiplication and division simultaneously children learn from the beginning how they are inter-related.

Our Rating

Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide BasicsLumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide basics is the latest educational app from British app developer Lighthouse Learning. The iMums have previously reviewed Dragon Shapes, Shapes Arts and Fruity Fractions from Lighthouse Learning, and Lumio Farm Factor has a very similar format- bright, colorful graphics, multiple levels and short video clips appearing periodically between levels. Farm Factor has 2 sections: Mystery Multiplication and Veggie Divide, each section has 30 levels. A free lite version is available with 4 free levels in each section and a single IAP to unlock the full app. A full version is also available with no IAPs, this review is of the full version. It is child safe with no adverts and all external links are behind parental gates.

The app is designed to teach children how multiplication is related to both addition and division. In Mystery Multiplication the child is taught to think of multiplication as shorthand for repeated addition of the same number e.g. 5 x 7 is the same as 7+ 7+ 7+ 7+ 7. In Veggie Divide they are taught that multiplication and division are opposites, and that you can use your knowledge of multiplication to solve division problems. Because they teach multiplication and division as an ongoing process, I would strongly recommend doing all the levels in Mystery Multiplication before moving on to Veggie Divide.

The student is first taught to represent multiplication problems using boxes and vegetables. For instance they might have 6 pumpkins and 3 boxes, if they divide the 6 pumpkins evenly each box contains 2 pumpkins. So 3 boxes of 2 pumpkins represents 3×2 and this is the same as 2+2+2. Once they have mastered this concept they are taught that you can also represent a multiplication problem using rows so 3×6 could be represented as 3 rows of 6 peppers.

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Veggie Divide concentrates on the concept that multiplication and division are opposites. As in Mystery Multiplication it represents the problems using boxes or rows of vegetables. This time under each visual representation are 2 related problems, for instance 2 rows of 7 peppers can show both 2×7=14 and 14 ÷ 2 = 7. Each problem has missing factors and the child needs to fill in what is missing to complete the 2 equations.

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The first time student attempts any problem in the left sidebar there is a short animated clip of how to solve this type of problem along with written directions. The student can see this again any time by pressing the i tab, but there are no verbal directions. This is really useful for reinforcing the learning, but the child needs to be a confident reader to fully utilize it. I used the app with my 7 year old son and daughter, who both enjoyed it and were successfully able to do both the multiplication and division problems with the app. However, I did need to help them with the app solely because they couldn’t confidently read the directions, so I would really like to see narration added. The app spends a lot of time teaching children how to represent equations pictorially, and how to understand the relationship between addition, multiplication, and division, but less time practicing solving equations, so I would like to see more levels added with extra equations to solve.

I think this is a very useful supplementary math app for teaching multiplication and division. Unlike mosts apps for these subjects it does not teach math facts, but instead concentrates on getting the student to understand the fundamentals of what multiplication and division really mean, and how they are related to each other and to addition. Learning these concepts and learning to visually represent the problems are very useful as it gives children important tools to let them solve new problems. I do think children also need to learn math facts (e.g. the times tables) as this is important for being able to answer questions quickly, so I wouldn’t use this as the only method of teaching multiplication and division, but as a supplementary app that really increases the child’s understanding of basic mathematical concepts it is a valuable learning tool.

Overall, a well designed, bright colorful supplementary maths app with high quality animation. I like how it gives young children an opportunity to really understand important maths concepts. By teaching multiplication and division simultaneously children learn from the beginning how they are inter-related which, I believe, makes learning division less daunting. In a future update I would like to see the addition of narration and more levels.



Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version) Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version) by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $2.99 USD

Ready for a crunchy, farm-fresh math treat? Solve satisfying veggie number problems and unlock two harvest adventures as you progress.

'Bright, colorful, engaging app... Gives children an opportunity.



Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $FREE

Ready for a crunchy, farm-fresh math treat? Solve satisfying veggie number problems and unlock two harvest adventures as you progress.

'Bright, colorful, engaging app... Gives children an opportunity.

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.

Fruity Fractions by Lighthouse Learning- Review



 

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What we love…

Bright colorful engaging graphics, nicely done tutorials, good introduction to fractions

What we’d love to see…

Multiple student profiles, ability to re-set progress, narration option

Summary

A bright, colorful engaging introduction to fractions.

Our Rating

Fruity FractionsFruity Fractions is the newest iOS app from UK-based Lighthouse Learning, creators of Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge and Shape Arts: Geometry Creations which we have previously reviewed. In their latest app, designed for 6 to 10-year-olds they tackle fractions with a fun, fruity twist. The app includes 50 levels and the student has to complete a level to unlock the next. It has a locked parents area which has a parents guide to the app, there are also external links in this area but they are disabled by default (you need to switch them on in settings). The “settings” lets you switch on or off the music, web links, hints and locks.Throughout the app the student is accompanied by Quip, a colorful bird, and mini lessons explain each concept the first time they do a problem, they can review these at any time by pressing the i button on the page.
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The app aims to teach the basics of fractions- what a fraction is, how fractions relate to a whole, what a numerator and denominator are. It works on fractions from halves to twelfths, it does not work on the concepts of comparing different fractions or on addition or subtraction of fractions. It is divided into sections each focusing on a different concept, and between each section is a short video, the videos together tell a story about Quip’s quest to get some fruit and his attempt to get his share, despite some greedy parrots.
Fruity Fractions visually demonstrates fractions using slices of different types of fruit. It shows that any shape, not just circles, can be divided into fractions as long as you cut it into equal sized pieces. The student is asked to answer a question by dragging and dropping fruit slices, numbers, fractions or symbols into the correct spot, then tapping a check box when they are done. If they get it correct they see a time for how long it took, and get a rating of 1-3 lightning bolts. If it is incorrect they see a hint and get to try again.
It starts off simply by showing how fractions are equal parts of a whole, demonstrating this by cutting a variety of colorful fruits into equal and unequal slices.
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Next, it introduces how the top number of a fraction tells you how many pieces you have, then goes on to explain that this is the numerator. Short animated videos in the sidebar show how the numerator changes as you add more slices. The student then gets to practice choosing the right numerator for each picture.
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Then the student goes on to learn that the denominator is the total number of parts that make a whole, and they practice finding both numerators and denominators.
The app starts out simply with only the right answers available, but as it goes on it gets more challenging with more choices and more details needing to be filled in by the student. By the end of the app they should be able to look at a picture showing a shape cut into equal segments with some parts missing and identify the correct fraction it shows, as well as create their own pictures to represent fractions and fill in missing numerators or denominators.
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The graphics are bright and engaging and the fruit slices drip with juice as they are moved from the cutting board into the correct spot, when I was testing the app my 1st grader daughter was watching me and immediately wanted to try it out. She was able to do questions with it that she had not yet covered in school, which was great, but she really needed me to sit with her when using the app as her reading skills are not confident enough to use it independently. I would love to see a narration option added. My 4th grade son also tested the app out, he felt the graphics were appealing and the app well done, but he was already confident in all the material covered, so thought it suitable for a younger student or one at his grade who was struggling with fractions.The app does not have multiple student profiles, which would be really useful if you have more than one child working on it, I also could not find a way to re-set the progress without uninstalling the app, I’d love to see these added in a future update.

Overall, a bright, colorful engaging introduction to fractions.


Fruity Fractions Fruity Fractions by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $2.99 USD

Hungry for a new math discovery? This juicy number snack introduces basic fractions in a fun and fruity way!

Kids solve tasty challenges and unlock the story of some greedy parrots with a taste.

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.

Tower Math by Dan Russell- Pinson of Freecloud Design – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Outstanding graphics, very entertaining, motivates kids to practice math, suitable for a wide range of ages

What we’d love to see…

Double digit equations written in vertical format

Summary

An innovative app that makes math drills fun by weaving it into a very entertaining strategy and defense game.

Our Rating

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If you are like me, you have probably downloaded quite a number of math apps for your children already, and you may wonder if you really need another one.  I would suggest that you check out Tower Math by Dan Russell-Pinson of Freecloud Design. Dan is well-known in the educational game arena for his engaging educational games such as Monster Physics and Stack the States. His latest app, Tower Math, is an innovative app that covers all basic operations, makes math drills engaging and entertaining and motivates children to tackle more advanced equations without the fuss.

 

In Tower Math an evil wizard has cast a spell that turned all the numbers into monsters. It is the player’s job to break the spell and free the numbers.  To accomplish this, players must build towers and use special powers that will throw spell-breaking objects at the numbers as they walk down the countryside.  Before the game begins, players must select which mathematical operation they want to work on: addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.  They can change mathematical operations anytime by going back to the main menu and resuming their game.

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There are three types of towers, each with its own unique features.  The Lobber Tower has fast speed and medium strength.  The Cannon Tower has a slow attack and high splash effect.  The Lighting Tower has a slow attack and high strength.  Players click on a target on the screen and choose which tower they want to build.  After they have picked their tower, they will choose whether they want their tower to have 1, 2, or 3 levels.  They will then be asked to solve an equation and choose the correct answer.  If they choose the right answer, the tower gets built.  The more levels they want their tower to have the more difficult the equation is that they have to solve.  If they built a tower with only one or two levels, they can upgrade it by clicking on the tower and solving another equation for the level they choose.  Once the tower has been fully upgraded (all three levels), clicking on that tower will allow them to build a different type of tower in its place.

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There are two special powers available to use, and just like building the towers, they must solve an equation to use them. The more difficult the equations are, the stronger the powers are.  After choosing the correct answer, players then tap on the specific place they want the special power to be used.  The two special powers are Magic Rain and Freeze Ray.  Magic Rain has high strength and can affect multiple targets at once.  Freeze Ray temporarily freezes the numbers to give players time to build or upgrade towers.

 

The 3D retina display graphics in Tower Math is incredible.    It even has graphic settings to accommodate slow and fast processors.  I have never seen that as an option before and I think it’s fantastic.

 

Tower Math can save and track the progress of up to 5 players.  It can also be played by a guest player, but their progress will only be saved until another player logs in.  Players earn either a gold, silver, or bronze medal after each level based on how accurate they are in solving mathematical equations and how many numbers they free.

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My children, ages 7, 9, 12, and 16 all enjoyed playing Tower Math.  The varying levels made it challenging even for the older ones.  I know I have made a good investment when all my children love and benefit from the same app.  The only suggestion I have for future updates is to have double digit math equations written in a vertical format.  It makes it a lot easier and faster for my children, as I am sure it does for other children, to solve an equation when written in the typical vertical format they use when solving it with pen and paper.

 

Dan Russell-Pinson develops amazing apps, and Tower Math is no exception.  It is an app that is sure to be loved and enjoyed by any child for years to come.  No matter how many math apps you already have, this is an app that you will want and must have in your repertoire.

At it’s current price of only 99c this is a deal you don’t want to miss!

Tower Math™ – Freecloud Design, Inc.

Tower Math®
Tower Math®
by Freecloud Design, Inc.

Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 171.21 MB

$1.99USD

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Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo by One Monk Clapping – Review



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What we love…

Engaging 3-D animated graphics, ability to explore scenes, large range of topics covered.

What we’d love to see…

Data tracking, multiple player profiles, seesaw to visibly balance.

Summary

A a must-have preschool math app- it  covers a wide range of topics, uses auditory and visual supports, has high quality 3-D animated graphics, is engaging and FUN!

Our Rating

Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo is a universal educational app from One Monk Clapping, it is available as a free download allowing you to access 3 mini-games. The full app contains 12 mini-games. It contains no adverts or social media links and the in-app purchase is behind a parental gate (accessed by answering multiplication questions). April 2014: there is now also a full version available without IAP.

The app contains a series of mini-games that work on different foundation math skills. The games are divided into 3 areas: Farm games, Forest Games and Asia Games. One game in each area is free, you can unlock any area for $1.99 or all three areas for $3.99. Both written and verbal directions are given for each game. If a child gets a question wrong they are gently encouraged to try again, and right answers are greeted with positive encouragement such as cheers, balloons and streamers.

Farm Games:

These are set in a farmyard scene and 3-D animated animals are used as manipulatives, the child can explore the scene by scrolling around, and the animals will follow. Touching objects in the scene will trigger narration about that object and sometimes trigger movement too. Tapping on animals will trigger sound effects and sometimes movements.

Counting (free):

This game practices counting from one to ten. A group of farm animals comes on to the screen and the student is asked e.g. “how many chickens are there?”. They can choose from a selection of multiple choice answers, but if they need more help they can touch the animals one by one and the app will count with them both verbally and numerically.

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Who is Missing:

A group of farm animals run onto the screen in a pattern, but one is missing. The child must choose the correct animal and then it will run to the group to complete the pattern.

Which Group is Bigger:

There are two groups of farm animals in the field, the child must pick which group has more animals.

Who Am I:

The farm animals are roaming around the farm, the child is asked to pick a specific type of animal from the group.

Forest Games
These games are set in a woodland clearing with a stream, ruined tower and tents. The child can explore this scene the same way as exploring the farm.

Addition (free) :

Two groups of animals have come out to play in the forest, the child needs to count how many there are in total. The child can pick the right answer, or tap on the animals to count them.

Subtraction:

Two groups of animals are on the screen e.g. wolves and zebras. The child is asked a subtraction question e.g. 10-4, they can choose the right answer from several choices or use the animals as manipulatives to solve the equation. For 10-4, there are 10 animals in total, the group on the right side of the screen (in this case zebras) represents the number being taken away, the child can tap on them and they will be counted as they leave the screen, the group on the left remains and and they can tap on these to see how many are left.

Missing Number:

Animals appear on the screen each with a number on, the numbers are lined up smallest to largest, but one number is missing. The child picks the missing number from a selection of possible answers.

Animal Match:

Lots of different animals are in the forest, and the child needs to match them up two by two.

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Asia Games

Hide And Seek (free):

A bunch of animals scamper onto the screen, then Asian- stye curtains drop to hide them, the child needs to remember where the animals are hiding.

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Shape Ninja:

In this game children get to hone their shape recognition skills by slicing the right shape Fruit Ninja style.

What Shape Am I:

The shape vendor has several shapes to choose from on his cart, the child needs to pick the correct one by name.

Balance the Seesaw:

A bunch of animals have numbers on their sides, one jumps on the right side of the seesaw, the child needs to add animals to the left of the seesaw so that the numbers balance. Once they have balanced the seesaw the problem appears as an equation on the top of the page. Just a small point but once problem is solved the seesaw doesn’t look balanced, it looks lower on the left side, I’d like the seesaw actually look level once the problem is solved.

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I think this is a great math app for pre-school children and some early elementary school students will find it useful too. It works on a wide range of skills from counting to 10, through simple addition and subtraction up to 10, shape identification, memorization, animal identification, patterns and matching. The graphics and animal themes are fun and engaging, I really like the ability to explore the scenes and have the animals come with you. The app works at different skill levels allowing the child to answer the question via multiple choice or use the animals as manipulatives to help them count their way to the solution. The questions change each time you play the app to keep the content fresh and engaging. If you complete a section you see a score for that section, but there doesn’t seem to be anyway to see how a child is doing in different areas over time. I would love to see individual player profiles and records of how each player is doing in each area.

Overall, this is a must-have preschool math app- it is covers a wide range of topics, uses auditory and visual supports, has high quality 3-D animated graphics,  is engaging and FUN! I would highly recommend downloading the free app today and I think $3.99 is a reasonable price for the full unlock given the amount of content in the app.

UPDATE APRIL 2014

The developer has now fixed the seesaw balance issue and has added multiple player profiles as I requested. He has also made many other improvements. A great app made even better!

There is also now a full version available with no in-app purchases.

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