A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn and practice basic math operations, customizable for grades K-6. Younger kids will need help establishing appropriate number ranges, quiz size, and time limit settings. Math reference tables provide an added resource, though. If the chalkboard-style screen were designed with more pizzazz, it might better capture kids' attention. Options to customize according to kids' current math level are impressive and will help them master math skills progressively. MathBoard is a solid practice tool for kids who don't need fancy visuals.
Ease of Play
Younger kids will need a parent or teacher to help them establish appropriate number ranges, quiz sizes, and time limits. Most older kids should be able to set up and use this app on their own. The game includes intuitive elements, such as setting up a quiz based only on questions that a player answered incorrectly in previous quizzes.
Products & Purchases
The name of the developer and a "More from Palasoftware" link appear on the main intro screen. Otherwise, there are no in-app ads or purchases.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MathBoard is a practice tool that infuses the sometimes tedious and impersonal process of practicing basic mathematical operations with fun by adding lots of customizable options, individual quiz generation, and the ability to save results for each student using this app. The encouraging "ding!" that alerts a student that he or she answered the question right is counterbalanced by a rather annoying and startling "buzz!" on wrong answers.
Is It Any Good?
MATHBOARD is a highly useful math practice tool, especially for families with kids of varying age ranges, because it can be customized for different kids' math levels from the earliest grades all the way through mastery of basic facts. True, the chalkboard style screen could probably have been designed with a little more color and design pizzazz to capture younger kids' attention. But, overall, the many customizations built within this game will add up to math success for kids who use it to their advantage.
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