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Funexpected Math!

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Creative math games go beyond basic to get kids thinking.

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age 3+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn foundational math skills such as counting, patterns, and shapes. Some games also touch on more advanced concepts like algorithms and logic.

Ease of Play

It's easy to navigate though the simplified graphic how-to tutorial may not be enough for some tasks.

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The free download allows for a sneak peek of the premium content which is available through a subscription only.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Funexpected Math! is a subscription-based app that introduces a handful of foundational math skills through activities lightly themed around different countries. Leveled mini-games and activities focus on counting, patterns, algorithms, geometry and more. Parents can preview each game and read about the skills it highlights. Though most of the app is graphics-based, parents can also set the app to use any of the 14 available languages. After a 24-hour free trial, parents must subscribe for $3.99/month. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Adult Written byNat80 October 4, 2019

Great and so beautiful!

My kids use it and they love it. I am a math fan myself and I really like how they embedded different topics into games. And the problems are not standard ones.

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What's it about?

Choose your kid's age (choices are 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7) and tap start to access the content in FUNEXPECTED MATH! Kids tap on one of three points on a map: Greenland, Egypt, or Japan. Each country has a different graphic theme and offers a set of unique math activities such as matching shapes, continuing patterns, or counting on a number line. After a brief how-to tutorial, kids start at level one of each game and work their way through progressively more challenging levels. Parents can browse the games by skill type: number sense, geometry, algorithms, and logic. Choose a game to see what difficulty level your kid has reached and how many levels are available, what the task is, and what math themes it covers.

Is it any good?

This activity set is unique and varied enough to help it rise above the overcrowded field of apps that claim to teach foundational math skills. So often these early math apps are repetitive, use tedious choose and tap formulas, and focus on the most rudimentary aspects of math like simple counting or basic shapes. Funexpected Math! does some of that, but it also gets creative with how the material is presented and how kids interact with it. Different activities have kids do different things which helps avoid much of the tedium so common in these kinds of apps. The games also introduce some not-so-common concepts like quadrilaterals in the shapes game or algorithmic paths. That said, not all of the activities shine to the same degree (the Egyptian patterns isn't the most complex), but in general there's a good amount here to engage kids' minds. Also, there are some loose ends that don't entirely get tied up. For instance, it's unclear what affect choosing your kid's age at the beginning has on the game experience. And once you've chosen, you can't change it or add a profile for an additional kid. It's also unclear what the relevance of the different countries is, and it feels a bit sparse to see just three countries available on a map of the whole world. But overall these issues don't interfere too much with how the app functions or its potential as a learning tool. Perhaps the biggest downside is the subscription model, which can make Funexpected Math! relatively pricey over the long term, but with the promise of a new game each month, it might be worth it if your kid loves it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the math concepts kids use as they play with Funexpected Math! Have them count or say shape names out loud as they do the number line and geometry games. Ask them to explain how they made their choice to continue a pattern. Or talk about the grouping criteria they use to draw circles around matching items.

  • Point out math in your every day life. Count items in your shopping cart at the supermarket, identify shapes and patterns you see in nature, or match socks from clean laundry bin.

  • Explore how well chosen technology can be a positive influence on kids’ progress. Check out our tips for using technology wisely as a learning tool.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, counting, division, geometry, grouping, numbers, patterns, shapes
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (24-hour free trial begins automatically, then unlock all content for $3.99/month)
  • Release date: September 12, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Size: 279.20 MB
  • Publisher: Funexpected LTD
  • Version: 3.9
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: September 16, 2019

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