Calcugators - Addition

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Solid, slow-paced game best for brief practice.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about addition by finding the missing addends in addition equations beyond basic recall. There's a wide range of difficulty, making the game appealing to kids with varying skill levels. Better feedback for incorrect answers could help struggling kids.

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The layout is clean and simple. Functionality is easy drag and drop.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Calcugators - Addition is a math app that challenges kids to find the missing numbers in addition equations. Although the functionality of the game is very simple, it's a unique way to practice math. Kids have to figure out which two numbers add up to make each missing number -- or addend -- correct. They earn stars and messages in bottles for completing equations; there's a kid-friendly joke in each bottle. Review the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

CALCUGATORS – ADDITION has four levels of difficulty, and each level requires kids to complete 10 equations to earn a star and a message (which is a kid-friendly joke) in a bottle. The first two levels have one missing addend in each equation, and the last two levels have two missing addends. Kids are given several numbers and have to figure out which numbers add up to make the missing addend(s). They drag the numbers into the alligators' mouths, the alligators chomp them, and the kids find out if they are right or wrong.

Is it any good?

This alligator-themed game is a unique way for kids to build math fluency, but it may become tedious for those who like more fast-paced practice. Calcugators - Addition is challenging enough for kids with a wide range of abilities, and it's fun to feed numbers to the alligators and watch them chomp away. However, the animations are a little slow, and then kids have to press a button to move onto the next equation. While there is variety in the skill levels, gameplay is the same throughout. For this reason, don't expect kids to play for long periods at a time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about strategies kids can use to complete the math equations in Calcugators - Addition. For example, they can use the opposite of addition, which is subtraction. If they are given the equation ? + 14 = 26, they can use 26 – 14 = ? to find the missing addend.

  • Challenge kids to complete one set of 10 equations every day for a week. Ask them to earn as many stars as possible and maybe even jump to the next difficulty level.

  • Talk about math during everyday activities to help bridge the gap between the abstract and the concrete.

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For kids who love math apps and games

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