Freefall Money

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Coin-counting games' fun rewards will keep kids coming back.

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Educational value

Kids can learn how to count coins (U.S. money and euros), and also practice addition while becoming more familiar with money. Kids also gain practice in counting by 5s, 10s, and 25s simply because of the values of the coins. Unless a parent is available to help, it helps if kids are already familiar with the values of each of the coins (nickels are worth 5 cents, for example). Freefall Money provides fun practice in counting, adding, and visually estimating how much groups of coins are worth. 

Ease of play

Very easy to play. In settings, kids can change from euros to dollars; limit play to one, two, or three different modes; and increase or decrease the number of coins in play to manage difficulty level.

Violence & scariness

No violence, although when the shark in the reward tank eats the meat, the bones fall to the bottom of the tank; younger kids may find that image a little scary.

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Consumerism

The "More Apps" tabs on both the intro screen and the settings page open a screen containing other apps by this developer and links to the App Store.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Freefall Money provides kids with a fun way to practice counting money with coins. There are three different modes of play: Fill the piggy bank with the requested amount of money using different combinations of coins; enter the amount of money available; and add up a group of coins. Gameplay is very straightforward and will likely require no adult instruction; games are based on simply swiping the coins and dumping them into the correct bank or group, or choosing correct numbers on a number pad. Some basic knowledge of how much coins are worth and the real-life concept of counting money is probably necessary first before kids will fully comprehend these games. Kids are rewarded for playing by earning tropical fish for a tank and then being able to clean the tank and feed them.

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What's it about?

In settings, choose which modes you'd like to include in the game, and what type and amount of coins the app should include. In Scatter Mode, kids fill a piggy bank with a requested amount of money by tapping on the correct coins scattered around the screen. In Type Mode, type in the amount of money being shown with coins on the screen. Cluster Mode asks kids to add groups of coins. Once kids answer a few questions correctly, they get to tap on fish rewards to put into their virtual fish tank, which they can also clean and drop fish food into for fun.

Is it any good?

Elementary school-age kids who already know a bit about money but want to practice counting coins can play FREEFALL MONEY's three games and will likely keep coming back for more because of the fun fish tank reward system. In addition to the money practice, adding coins is also just good, basic math practice. Kids who are just starting out with money can limit the number of coins used to help make the game more manageable for their current skill level.

Earning fish for the tank is a fun way to reward kids for play. Counting coins on a screen may not seem like something most kids would enjoy, but the engaging games here that include clear, simple directions and lots of colorful rewards are worth their weight in gold for practice in counting money.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Save some coins in a jar and let your kid use them to practice making change.

  • Talk about the value of the coins and about saving money over time: What are some things you could buy with 50 cents? If you saved 50 cents every day for a year, about how much money would you have at the end of the year?

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