Drive About: Number Neighborhood

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Whimsical games help kids learn early math skills.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about numbers, counting, ordering, and matching as they travel through town and play games. Kids learn to write numbers by tracing dotted outlines in the sky. Once they finish an outline, a narrator sings the number as it flashes on the screen in big, bold colors. Kids learn how to order numbers by stacking numbered blocks in order and by guiding a snowboarding yak to touch numbered flags in order up to 20. Kids learn how to identify numbers by tapping numbered sea pickles and by balancing a seesaw with numbered critters on each side. Kids develop counting skills by feeding a whale the correct number of food pieces, and they develop matching skills by dragging shapes to match outlines and vacuuming shapes in outer space. Drive About: Number Neighborhood is a fun way to introduce kids to number concepts that build a foundation for more advanced math skills.

Ease of Play

Clear audio instructions are provided at the start of each game, and large buttons make it easy for little fingers to get around town. 

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What 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.

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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.   

Talk to your kids 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. 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Math: counting, numbers, shapes
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, thinking critically
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: June 12, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 246.00 MB
  • Publisher: Artgig Studio
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1.1 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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