Drive About: Number Neighborhood
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Drive About: Number Neighborhood is a collection of learning games that teach preschool and kindergarten math skills. Kids can travel through a seaside neighborhood during the day or at night, stopping at fun places such as a cake shop, a boat dock, or a playground. At each stop, kids will find a new game. There are nine games in all, and kids can play them in any order they wish. Grown-ups can select from several languages on the Parents page.
What's it about?
In DRIVE ABOUT: NUMBER NEIGHBORHOOD kids press the play button to start, and a colorful overview of the seaside neighborhood appears. Nine large icons along a road indicate the places kids can tap to play games, and kids can choose to play in a daytime or nighttime scene by tapping the sun or moon. At each stop, voice instructions tell kids how to play and provide encouraging words when they get answers correct. After they're finished playing a game, kids can either drag a car to explore other parts of the neighborhood, or they can tap to return to the overview and select their next stop. Gameplay is open-ended, which could be challenging for some kids. Scores are not tracked, and, once kids finish a game, it automatically starts over.
Is it any good?
A choice of games takes kids on a fun learning journey. Interactive games and super cute graphics engage, and kids can develop important math skills through gameplay. The upbeat music and adorable graphics are appealing. Navigation is intuitive, even for young players, and the buttons and other touch features are large enough to make the games very user-friendly. Many preschool and kindergarten kids have not developed strong reading skills, so the audio instructions are perfect. One improvement would be to have some sort of ending to each game or a reward that kids can earn when they finish.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how numbers and shapes are part of everyday life.
For kids who like an extra challenge, set a timer as they play each game and encourage them to keep playing until the timer goes off. Then discuss what they learned and what was most challenging.
|Subjects:||Math: counting, numbers, shapes|
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, thinking critically|
|Release date:||June 12, 2014|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 5.1.1 or later|