Jungle Coins - learn coin math

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Kids get coin practice in customizable app with fun theme.

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Educational Value

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.

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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What 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. 

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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Subjects: Math: addition, money, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, problem solving, thinking critically
    Self-Direction: academic development, work to achieve goals
  • 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
  • Last updated: April 22, 2021

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