Jungle Coins - learn coin math

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Kids get coin practice in customizable app with fun theme.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Jungle Coins is easy to navigate, and it's easy to add players and change skill levels. The app has sound capability, giving kids verbal instructions. You can change the level of difficulty and track your kid's progress in the settings. Once the settings are in place, kids can change the animal faces and sounds or turn noises off if they're distracting.   

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Privacy & safety

The reader-friendly privacy policy says the app doesn't share or store personal information or track location. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids learning about coins can increase their independence while playing Jungle Coins. Kids learn to differentiate coins, count money, compare coins, and give correct change. Sound is available for kids who benefit from listening to directions and hearing coin amounts. Each activity has five predetermined levels. Level 6 allows you to enter specific coins to help a child who may have learning difficulties. Level 6 also allows you to omit the half-dollar and dollar coins, which can be confusing to kids unfamiliar with them. Parents can track their child's history in the settings area. The history gives the date, number of attempts, and time spent on each activity. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • money
  • subtraction

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Jungle Coins uses a jungle theme to engage kids. Coins are crisp and clear and almost seem true to life. The app has great graphics and is easy to navigate and customize.

Learning Approach

The app's creative approach can help kids transfer their coin skills as they practice going through the five levels. Level 6 can be adapted to help kids who struggle with half dollars and dollar coins.

Support

You can change play settings to accommodate kids' needs. You also can check their scores and history, which includes the date, number of attempts, and time spent playing at each level. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • money
  • subtraction

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • work to achieve goals

Kids can learn how to differentiate, compare, and count change over five levels of play. The sixth level can be adjusted for kids with learning difficulties. Using four different animals and their sounds allows kids to individualize their game, giving them a sense of creativity and independence. Jungle Coins is a good way to help kids learn what coins are worth and begin to understand that counting change is a life-skill activity.

This Learning Rating review was written by Vicki Windman

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What's it about?

Choose your coin level, and practice how to find coins, give correct change, count money, and compare coin amounts. Kids can flip their coins to hear the values and see the front and back of a coin. For correct answers, the chosen animal gives a happy face. JUNGLE COINS is especially beneficial for kids who may be struggling with coin differentiation. Kids also are presented with "realistic" one-step word problems. Many kids who struggle with the abstract concept of coins will benefit from using the voice setting to hear the word problem.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Jungle Coins has tremendous flexibility for kids just learning about coins and for kids with learning difficulties. The ability to have sound to hear questions and coin amounts helps reinforce how much a coin is worth. When the app begins, the coins sound like they're being emptied from a pocket, giving the experience a realistic feel. The coins look real (although the nickel and penny have not been updated to the newest coins). With five levels of play, the app encourages kids to look forward to moving to the next level. Level 6 is a nice addition to help decrease frustration, as parents can set the coins used in the child's real world. The app is multilingual, making it adaptable for ELL learners. Parents also can monitor their kid's progress by referring to their child's history. It would be nice if the app had a scratch pad or calculator to help kids who have difficulty adding coins mentally.

Families can talk about...

  • Let your kid practice counting change when you purchase small items.

  • Introduce the coins used in the app before playing the game.

  • Roll a die; for each dot, your child receives a penny. After your child has five pennies, exchange them for a nickel. Keep going until your child has a quarter.

  • Have your child separate coins by amount.

  • Ask kids, "Why do we need money?"

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:November 18, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Numbers and letters
Size:48.80 MB
Publisher:Andrew Short
Version:4.16
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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