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What's it about?
Parents must first create an account for 3RD GRADE MATH: FUN KIDS GAMES, and then they can add profiles for up to three kids. Kids start out by getting an introduction to the environment and a bit of backstory. They then get started by choosing an avatar from a collection of one-eyed space dwellers in a rainbow of colors. They'll also receive a tour of some of the game features, including their own home to decorate. As kids play through games, they earn coins that they can use for clothing for their avatar or furniture for their house. Learning games have four modes: training, accuracy, speed, and a story-based mission. As kids answer problems correctly, they level up in difficulty. Activities might include drawing a gardening plot with a specific perimeter, measuring out liquid to reach a certain volume, or matching a clock to a time. They are all themed around living on an alien planet. The math presented ties into the Common Core standards and covers a range of topics appropriate for the average third-grader.
Is it any good?
While the content is solid, the quality of learning will heavily depend on the ability of a child to ignore all of the bells and whistles and actually solve the math problems. 3rd Grade Math: Fun Kids Games, much like other apps from this publisher, is all about making math fun to learn. It succeeds. Kids will enjoy cruising around in their spaceship, playing games, and decorating their virtual home. But there's a lot going on, all the time, and it's likely to be far too distracting for some kids who may get caught up in buying and decorating items and miss the learning. For kids who do learn well this way, the experience is a quality one. Each game has a video tutorial that shows you how to play, and kids are shown the correct answer when they make mistakes. That said, this is a better experience for practice than for actual learning, as there aren't always lessons that teach kids what to do. If you've got a third-grader who needs to practice but doesn't want to, 3rd Grade Math: Fun Kids Games is a wonderful option. Just be prepared to help out if kids get stuck and to get them back on track if they get distracted.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: arithmetic, fractions, multiplication
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, logic, making conclusions
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try ($1.99/month, $19.99/year)
- Release date: July 2, 2018
- Category: Education
- Topics: Adventures, Space and Aliens
- Size: 237.70 MB
- Publisher: Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd.
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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