A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn shape recognition, sequencing, number values, fractions, ordinals, addition, subtraction, and multiplication from very simple problems up to 100. For example, the problem "Collect numbers that multiply to make 15" sets the player's marble off into the maze seeking to roll over the numbers 5 and 3 and avoiding the numbers 6, 7, and 4. Kids can also practice their money and time skills. Decision-making and strategy skills are inherent parts of this game as kids move their marble through the maze. Marble Math Junior is an exceptionally fun way to practice math.
Ease of Play
Very easy to play. There are three levels (easy, medium, hard), as well as a number of customization options within each level to adjust for a kid's current learning needs. The Info page includes a chart that explains the various obstacles, as well as step-by-step instructions and a "Parents and Teachers" section with more detailed information about gameplay, levels, troubleshooting, options, and icons.
Products & Purchases
There's a "More Artgig apps" button at the bottom of the main screen that links kids to the iTunes App Store; however, it does give a warning prior to leaving the app, asking kids if they're sure they want to do that.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marble Math Junior is a younger kids' version of the excellent math app, Marble Math. Like its counterpart, Marble Math Junior is an ingenious app that combines a marble maze game with math word problems. Since this version is for early readers, players can hear the problems read aloud by touching the words at the top of the screen. Lots of customization options and new, unique marble rewards make this game effective, sticky, and tons of fun.
Is It Any Good?
MARBLE MATH JUNIOR is one of the most fun, customizable, and effective math games available for early elementary school-age kids. Moving the marble around the maze while collecting answers and avoiding obstacles is so absorbing that kids easily forget they're practicing math skills like shape recognition, addition, and subtraction. Parents and teachers can customize style of play, skill sets, and levels to make this game more effective and less frustrating for kids. This is high quality math practice that's fun, too.
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