A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn all about the basic underlying concepts behind numbers and quantity. Kids will practice matching quantity to number as they construct packages with the right quantity of blocks to match the target number on each level. They'll practice recognizing amounts without counting, combining small numbers to create larger ones (2 and 3 make 5, as do 1 and 4), and dividing numbers into smaller parts (3 can be 1, 1, and 1). This basic number construction naturally evolves into adding and subtracting, which kids practice on higher levels. Through an emphasis on creating groups of five and 10 blocks, kids will also get a basic understanding of the decimal system. Fiete Math gives kids lots of practice manipulating numbers through appealing artwork and charm.
Ease of Play
Quick introductory tutorial demonstrates how to tap, swipe, and drag blocks.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Silly animations and appealing graphics round out a creative approach to number manipulation. Blocks that combine and divide to make different numbers give kids a great way to tangibly conceptualize what number and quantity mean and how they all work together. Practically endless levels also mean that kids will not race through the entire app in only a few sessions. As kids play, the numbers on the blocks disappear and the difficulty increases, which helps kids estimate, consider more or less, and subitize (to recognize amounts without counting). However, though each level and each setting focuses on a slightly different number concept, the play experience is always the same. The game can quickly start to feel repetitive and tedious; kids may get the most out of the app if they play in short sessions to avoid fatigue. Each setting is supposed to be a different country -- represented by the country's flag -- but the concept is underdeveloped, which makes it more confusing than interesting. Overall, it's very appealing and offers a fun way to explore an important fundamental math concept.
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