What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that BugMath is an early elementary, math-based education app that teaches counting, addition, subtraction, ordering, and matching through tapping, tracing, and dragging on the screen. Some of the controls aren't as intuitive as you might expect, and it is easy to complete the five parts of this game in one sitting. The colorful bugs will be appealing to kids, however, and the math concepts are sound.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
The colorful bugs in these arcade-style math games engage preschoolers as they learn about numbers.
Modeled on the Singapore Math method, this game's pedagogy is sound and research-based. Kids see math come to life with the bugs and get rewards for finishing games.
BugMath crashes frequently. Play is pretty intuitive, but instructions are written, and there's no additional help.
What's it about?
Alien Ug-ug has crashed his spaceship on a planet full of bugs. Kids count bugs, zap bugs, match bugs, order bugs by size, and practice addition and subtraction. The game is based upon the Singapore Math method, which relies on pictures to teach math at early levels. The bugs serve as those pictures. Kids are rewarded with stickers after completing each section.
Is it any good?
BUGMATH will help your early elementary kids practice their basic math skills in a fun and interactive way. It teaches solid concepts in a number of early math areas, and the arcade-like gameplay is exciting for kids. However, there are limited levels available and some of the controls need improvement. Still, practicing the available levels repeatedly will help drill your kids on counting to 100, even numbers, odd numbers, arithmetic, and more. The premise of this game is that a creature named Ug-ug has crash-landed his ship on a planet inhabited by bugs. He earns stickers for his space ship with each game that is completed. Kids help him work his way through the games by counting to 100, counting even and odd numbers to 100, writing digits and words for numbers 11 to 20, putting bugs in order by size and number, adding and subtracting, and matching by memory.
Families can talk about...
Count things together -- grapes at snack time, steps on a staircase, etc.
Point out instances when you use basic math with your kid in everyday life: while cooking, driving, or paying for an item with cash.