Astro Nora: Addition & Subtraction maths for 4-7 year olds

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Alien-themed, simple rote practice with some customization.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice completing addition and subtraction equations. They should find their sweet spot with multiple difficulty levels and response options, and then can amp up the challenge as they get more comfortable with the equations. They can see the problems they got wrong when a level is over, though there's no explanation or instruction.

Ease of Play

Play is simple and straightforward, but there's no tutorial or examples of what the different ability levels mean.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Astro Nora: Addition & Subtraction maths for 4-7 year olds is a simple game with adjustable levels to help kids practice addition, subtraction, or both. There are multiple levels of difficulty to adapt to a wide skill range. Kids can also complete equations in multiple-choice format or with a keyboard. Kids collect burp coins as they progress, which they can spend by hearing alien burps of varying length and intensity. Parents may find this to be in bad taste, but kids will likely be tickled by the whole idea. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Astro Nora has crash-landed and needs to collect the pieces of her rocket ship to take off again in ASTRO NORA: ADDITION & SUBTRACTION MATHS FOR 4-7 YEAR OLDS. Start the adventure by choosing to play addition, subtraction, or both. Then choose one of four levels of difficulty and whether to use the multiple-choice response or the keypad entry. Complete five equations correctly to gather all the rocket ship parts and pass the level. Along the way, collect burp coins to spend by making an alien burp. Supports include a number line and the ability to review equations that were difficult to solve.

Is it any good?

Super-simplistic gameplay is somewhat balanced by customization options and a few nice learning supports in this alien math adventure. With varying levels of difficulty and response choices, kids have options to fit their skill level. However, it's hard to tell what's meant by "Simple" or ""Super Hard" without any examples. At the end of each level, kids can see equations they didn't answer correctly on the first try, but there's no explanation or instruction. The number line is also a nice touch for kids who do better when they can visualize numbers, but it's not there in the harder levels. Overall, the repetition and superficial coverage don't take full advantage of the screen. Though the alien theme is cute, and the burps will likely give kids the giggles, endlessly completing equations is rote practice and just as easily accomplished on paper. And beware the burps, as that section is separate from the math and doesn't include prices, which would be applied practice. Yet, for parents looking for simple, straightforward addition and subtraction drills, Astro Nora: Addition & Subtraction maths for 4-7 year olds has enough customization choices to make it a decent option.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes playing Astro Nora: Addition & Subtraction maths for 4-7 year olds different than filling out a worksheet with a list of equations. Is one more fun than the other? Do kids learn better in one way versus the other?

  • Help kids take a look at the equations they found difficult. Use manipulatives, visuals, or explanation to help them solve the equations correctly.

  • Practice and explore math concepts as they appear in everyday situations. Imagine yourselves in a grocery store and help kids make change, adjust ingredient quantities in recipes, and more.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, subtraction
  • Price: $1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: July 25, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Space and Aliens
  • Size: 34.10 MB
  • Publisher: Julie Ward
  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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