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What's it about?
In DRAGONBOX NUMBERS "Nooms" represent each number from 1 to 10: Kids can stack Nooms, have them eat each other and turn into different Nooms (3 eats 5 and becomes 8), or slice them into smaller Nooms. In "sandbox," kids freely experiment with the Nooms against a number line. In "ladder," kids build a Noom to reach a star on a number line, which gets more challenging as they want to avoid or pass through certain points along the way. "Puzzles" lets kids create pictures using the Nooms in certain ways. All activities earn coins, which kids use to "buy" more levels.
Is it any good?
Silly Nooms get kids interacting with and manipulating numbers in this set of creative games. This app joins the other games in the DragonBox series as a stellar example of seamlessly incorporating important mathematical concepts into a fun game environment. The three play areas offer a good combination of free exploration and goal-oriented challenges. Though the games purposefully do not have any explicit help, it sometimes feels like a little explanation would actually help avoid confusion. For instance, the Nooms could have some defining feature -- other than height -- that help identify which number they are. Also, the support is inconsistent; for example, sometimes when kids add two Nooms, the number sentence is said aloud ("two plus three, five"), but sometimes it doesn't. Parents can sign up for an account to get reports on what their kids are doing, but that function wasn't up and running at the time of review. In terms of settings, it would be nice to be able to turn the background music off. Despite these minor issues, kids will have fun playing with the Nooms and picking up number sense along the way.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Math: addition, division, numbers, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, problem solving, solving puzzles
- Price: $7.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: November 3, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Numbers and Letters
- Size: 347.10 MB
- Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
- Version: 1.6.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 3.0 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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