What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dinosaur Train Classis in the Jurassic, Jr.! is a three-game math app based on the popular PBS show Dinosaur Train. Kids will order dinosaurs by size, use addition to build a bridge tower, and balance a scale with food for a dinosaur. All instructions are delivered verbally, so no reading is required, and kids get multiple chances to get the right answer.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids who love Dinosaur Train likely will enjoy the games, which incorporate characters from the PBS show.
Three activities prepare kids for early math, but there's not a lot of depth in any of them. The games offer the same activities repeatedly.
PBS Kids offers many learning resources for parents and preschoolers via its website. The app doesn't need much instruction. Directions are all verbal; no reading skills are required.
What's it about?
Kids help dinosaurs get ready for a big event in Troodon Town by playing three math-based games, such as balancing food on a scale and sorting dinosaurs by size to put them in the right houses. Kids also drag their fingers across the space between two cliffs to find the number of logs they'll need for a bridge. They can use early algebra to figure out the right combination of logs to fit the space. As they complete the games, kids can arrange a sticker scene they can view online with a code.
Is it any good?
DINOSAUR TRAIN CLASSIC IN THE JURASSIC, JR.! isn't about counting or recognizing numbers, as are so many math apps geared for younger kids, but it gets kids thinking mathematically. It is nonreader friendly with verbal instructions and multiple chances to get the right answer. There's no tracking or reporting of what skills kids are learning or in which parts of the games a kid may be having difficulty; adding some tracking and reporting would improve this app. Still, fans of the PBS series will enjoy helping Buddy and his friends as they practice early-math skills.
Families can talk about...
Have your preschooler help serve a snack or meal and estimate portions to give everyone an equal amount.
Help your kid develop spatial reasoning by having her put her toys in height order.
Building-block play is a great way to get kids thinking mathematically.