What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
The graphics are amazing, and the bugs make it fun to play original and engaging games.
With impressive variety, each skill gets explored, teaching math fundamentals very effectively.
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'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?
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.