1st Grade Splash Math Game

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Math app moves beyond drills, helps kids master concepts.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn first-grade-level math skills in an entertaining way. They'll use models, number lines, and virtual coins and clocks to answer multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions. They'll also read graphs and tables, and compare/measure objects. 1st Grade Splash Math Game is a fun, engaging way for kids to practice and reinforce the math skills they're learning at school.

Ease of Play

Kids can easily work within the app using the touchscreen. The app tracks kids’ progress as they play and lets them reenter play where they left off. Since you can select the match concepts and number of questions kids are exposed to in one sitting, the app is customizable to each kid who plays. Splash Math is flexible enough to be used by most children with and without disabilities, except for those with vision or fine motor disabilities.

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Kids drop anvils on crabs, knocking them out briefly. The crabs recover quickly and resume dancing.

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Consumerism

A small button on the title page links to other StudyPad apps. You can buy apps that follow the grade-level development of math skills as your kid masters the present grade levels. There are links to gift the SplashMath app or to share information with friends via email.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 1st Grade Splash Math Game lets kids practice first-grade level Common Core math skills in an entertaining way. You can choose the skills and difficulty levels from categories including place value, count and compare, advanced addition, data and graphs, and more. Kids earn little origami fish for their "aquariums" as they go. As they earn fish, they can feed them, make them chase each other, or drop anvils on crabs; however, these aquarium activities aren't connected to the math concepts. 1st Grade Splash Math Game does give on-screen notifications of progress in each area, and parents can view progress or get email notifications.

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What's it about?

Kids solve a series of math problems in an undersea world. Every time they solve 10 to 15 problems, with answers presented in multiple choice or click-and-drag format, they will earn a cute fish to add to their virtual aquariums. Kids are given visuals such as number lines, base-10 blocks, coins, graphs, tables, and a clock with movable hands that can help them solve the problems. Kids will enjoy playing within the aquarium every time they earn a new fish or continue to tackle math problems instead.

Is it any good?

The graphics and sounds in 1ST GRADE SPLASH MATH GAME are clear and colorful without being distracting, and instructions on the screen are visual (clicking and dragging, for example, is an animated instruction). The origami-style fish are cute, and kids will enjoy solving math problems to earn fish for their aquariums. Parents have the option of choosing whether questions are read to kids or not (in a digitized voice), which could be helpful for kids who are pre-readers or who have reading difficulties. The 13 chapters of math topics are well-structured and allow flexibility to choose only a single skill or a range to work on. This is much more than a math-facts drill app, as it reviews many of the important number-sense concepts. Parents will feel good about being able to track the progress their kids are making each time they use the app. The biggest drawback is that the aquarium reward system is completely disconnected from the learning process.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the math concepts covered in the game. Which types of math problems are the easiest? Which are the most challenging? Why?

  • Look for opportunities to apply math concepts to real life. How many dishes did we wash? How many are left over?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Math: addition, algebra, arithmetic, counting, equations, geometry, graphing, grouping, measurement, money, numbers, sequences, shapes, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, problem solving
  • Price: $9.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: September 25, 2013
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Size: 76.20 MB
  • Publisher: StudyPad, Inc.
  • Version: 4.7.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later, Android 4.0 or later

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