Bugs and Numbers

Common Sense Media says

Engaging math games span preschool through early elementary.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls are intuitive enough for a preschooler to easily navigate.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bugs and Numbers covers a wide range of math skills -- spanning preschool through early elementary -- all in one educational app. Preschoolers would do best to start at the beginning and work their way through the progression of the games. The first six games cover preschool skills. The next six are geared to kindergarten skills, and the third six focus on early elementary skills.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • sequences
  • subtraction
  • addition
  • counting
  • fractions
  • grouping
  • measurement
  • money
  • numbers
  • patterns

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The graphics are amazing, and the bugs make it fun to play original and engaging games.

Learning Approach

With impressive variety, each skill gets explored, teaching math fundamentals very effectively.

Support

The intuitive interface is easy for even preschoolers to navigate. We'd like to see more data reporting of how they perform on each skill.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • sequences
  • subtraction
  • addition
  • counting
  • fractions
  • grouping
  • measurement
  • money
  • numbers
  • patterns

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Kids can learn math skills from preschool level on up to elementary skill math. Preschoolers can learn to recognize numerals, the concept of left and right direction, counting, and matching shapes. Kindergartners can learn to form numerals and shapes, count to 100, make comparisons, and do basic math up to 10. Elementary kids can learn about money, fractions, measurements, patterns, telling time, and addition and subtraction. Bugs and Numbers is a learning investment that will pay off with use by multiple kids and/or for multiple years.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Against a backdrop of the world from a bug's perspective, with lots of realistic-looking bugs around, kids explore math concepts like matching, counting, sorting, sequencing, addition, subtraction, fractions, money, measurements, and telling time. The educational app is divided into three sections of six games each, all set in places bugs may (ick!) like to explore -- like a diner, a hotel, a junk yard, or a circus. Kids earn bugs by completing each game and can zoom in to watch their bugs in action.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Bugs and Numbers is an app that all the kids in your home -- from preschool through early elementary school -- can enjoy and learn with. The variety of skills covered is not often found in apps -- kids can learn their numbers, how to count money and tell time, and develop an understanding of fractions all in one app. The graphics are incredibly realistic (beautiful, actually, if you agree that bugs are beautiful). Parents can set up separate accounts for multiple kids by going to settings on their device and finding Bugs and Numbers.

Families can talk about...

  • With the variety of games and skill levels available, parents may need to help kids find the right games for their level.

  • Involve kids in real-world math practice in your daily routing -- talk out loud when counting change or looking at the clock to tell time. Hearing the thoughts will deepen their understanding.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:December 13, 2012
Category:Education
Topics:Bugs
Size:327.00 MB
Publisher:Little Bit Studio, LLC.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written bySynergie17 September 18, 2014
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LEARNING

AWESOME APP FOR MATH SKILLS

I purchased this app about 1.5 yrs ago for my (then) 3 y.o. son. He has loved this app from the start. It's still his go-to activity on the ipad. I love the fact that as he has learned the concepts the mini-games become more challenging. The games seem to adapt to his skill-level. They will start easy, then get more difficult to longer he plays. It's probably one of the best app purchases I have ever made!
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