A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The app is fairly easy to play as long as parents make sure the settings are set for the child's age and math level.
Products & Purchases
A small link on the main menu takes you to information about another app from the developer; from there you can click through to the App Store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that KidCalc Kwanzaa is essentially the same app as the KidCalc 7-in-1 Math Fun app but with a bit of holiday theme injected into the background. Some of the math games are good, and it's helpful that there are so many settings. The Kwanzaa-related images on this app include a flag, drums, candles, and a gift. The background borders are also changed to Kwanzaa colors. The photos in the counting puzzle remain the same as in the non-holiday KidCalc app.
Is It Any Good?
KIDCALC KWANZAA provides some basic math games, and can help kids practice some basic math skills. But don't expect any overwhelmingly detailed Kwanzaa-related games and activities directly associated with the holiday. It's really just images of the holiday theme tacked onto the basic math games from the original app, along with a Kwanzaa-colored border. For kids to really enjoy and make use of this app, the many settings must be adjusted to their age and expectations of how a game will function.
The number tracing activity is disappointing in that it allows kids to trace incorrectly without giving corrective feedback. And the toddler voice, while cute, models pronunciation incorrectly; the adult voices are a better option.
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