What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amazing Coin is a money-skills game that uses engaging undersea graphics that rapidly progress from spelling coin names to making change. Parents will need to work with kids who are learning coin values and making change, as there's little in-app teaching. The sizes of the coins can be confusing, with the nickel and quarter appearing the same. Some on-screen text contains grammatical errors. There are no controls or settings within this app. It starts up on the level on which it was left, which may be an issue if multiple players want to use it. Each level has some verbal direction as well as on-screen directions and positive verbal praise.
What's it about?
Kids play eight levels of activities including spelling coin names, following patterns in coins, matching coin values, ordering coins by value, buying items, and making change. When one level is completed, the app automatically goes to the next level. Kids earn "quarters" for completing levels and can buy food to put in their refrigerator to "eat."
Is it any good?
Kids who enjoy predictability and who already know the value of coins may find AMAZING COIN engaging. But a big drawback of this app is that it's difficult for kids to distinguish quarters and nickels (and even half dollars) because they appear to be the same size. Adding controls that let kids choose levels could improve the experience. Amazing Coin covers such a wide range that it will baffle young kids who don't know how to count money yet and frustrate older kids who are ready to practice counting money and making change but don't need to follow patterns or spell coin names.
Families can talk about...
Help young kids set up a piggy bank to collect coins. When it's full, you can use it for a big coin-counting project together.
Show kids how you use coins in real-life situations (shopping, saving money, paying for tolls, bus fare).
Model calculating the change from purchases and making sure you received the correct change.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Subjects:||Math: addition, counting, money, subtraction|
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: defining problems, making conclusions, problem solving|
|Release date:||March 16, 2012|
|Publisher:||Joy Preschool Game|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4 or later|