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What parents need to know
What's it about?
In JUMP! A GAME OF NUMBERS kids start with a story about a population of Snortles whose volcano home has popped. Now they need to be rescued from the sea where they're floating. Kids can save the Snortles by jumping from number to number in a certain pattern such as by twos or threes and drag numbers together to make the digit they need. All the while, Stompers and Fuses are waiting to shoot Snortles off the screen. Kids or parents can toggle the sounds, music, and time limits (in the form of Stompers and Fuses) on and off if kids need more time to think. You can also target the practice by choosing a starting number range and "count by" number. Between levels, kids can play with their Snortles and beach balls.
Is it any good?
Adaptive and fun, this math game helps kids practice skip counting and basic addition as they lead Snortles to safety. While playing the same game, kindergartners can build early addition skills, and upper elementary school-age kids will learn to multiply, especially with the ability to customize and target the practice. Although time is not a huge component, Fuses and Stompers add a sense of urgency, which encourages fluency. As kids get better, the game throws other challenges. Though the on-demand hints are helpful, it's possible kids will overuse them, which decreases the difficulty. Parents can monitor this and remind kids that it's fun to puzzle through challenging problems; turning off the time constraints also gives kids more time to think. Also, kids may be distracted by the between-level screens where they can play with the Snortles and beach balls; it would be great if math were somehow built into this activity as well. Overall, kids will enjoy the narrative, the design, and the challenge that adjusts to their level.
Talk to your kids about ...
Even though an app is educational, be aware of how much time kids spend in front of screen media. Check out our advice for finding a balance for your kids.
Families can talk about ways we use math facts every day. Can we use skip counting to quickly figure out how many M&M's you have left?
Families can also discuss reasons it's helpful to learn math facts. Why is practice important in math, music, sports, and other areas?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, multiplication, patterns
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization
- Price: 2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 24, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Numbers and letters
- Size: 160.00 MB
- Publisher: Artgig Studio
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
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