Learn to Count Money

 

Learning(i)

Ahoy! Fun, effective money app for treasure-loving mateys.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Fast response and simple structure, but graphics are a bit busy and scaled incorrectly.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is needed to play. The developer's relatively short and easy-to-read privacy policy explains what kind of anonymous data is collected.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Learn to Count Money is a fun, pirate-themed app that helps kids learn to count money. It provides a basic rundown of the denominations as well as two counting games that are basically the same activity: counting to match a target amount. Controls are simple, and navigation is fast and well-designed. Kids can choose difficulty levels from easy to very hard, plus they get a fun list of pirate sayings that are also used as audio feedback.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • money

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • part-whole relationships

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Pirate theme creates interest, but gameplay could use more variety. 

Learning Approach

Covers basics with some depth, but the app could use a couple more games and a short tutorial on how to count up and back.

Support

Help screens are useful but a bit too busy to understand; data log is useful for adults.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • money

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • part-whole relationships

Kids can learn how to represent each denomination and assess their skills at counting from one cent up to $20. The display treasure chest gives kids a place to drop their coins and bills as they count. Through the use of money, kids get an opportunity to apply what they know about counting. Two games are pretty similar, and coins sometimes get stuck next to the treasure chest; still, that doesn't hold up the show. A game or two more would really round out this app and make it shine. Learn to Count Money may sound like a plank walk, but the cute pirate theme makes counting money fun.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

LEARN TO COUNT MONEY includes three main games: Intro to Money gives denomination basics; How Much Money asks kids to count up and choose from three amounts; and Put Money on the Map requires kids to count up to a target amount. Kids drag and drop coins and bills as they count them. Questions come in groups of five, but there are no levels. Results are logged by number correct with date, game, and level. Despite the boring name, this is a fun learning app.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Learn to Count Money contains just enough interest to keep kids coming back for more. Graphics such as a smiley skull and crossbones, a cartoony captain with a sabre and hook, and a treasure chest full of golden coins will entertain the pirates among us. Home buttons on every page, clear-enough instructions, and very real-looking money make the whole experience quite user-friendly. Settings allow kids or parents to choose instructive options such as whether to display a target amount or a treasure chest for counting and dropping money. Also, the difficulty level is flexible (easy to very hard), adding higher denominations and amounts.

The only downsides are graphics that are a bit too busy, and vital information -- the target amount of money, for example -- can get lost. Games come in bite-size groups of five, but there are no official levels. Results likely will be of interest to parents, but kids probably won't care as much about the log-style reporting.

Families can talk about...

  • Check kids' ability to count with real money: How much is in my wallet?

  • Play a game of store, wherein the kid merchant must make change by adding or subtracting.

  • Make sure to start at your kid's ability level; bills may be easier than coins.

App details

Devices:Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$0.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:August 6, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Pirates
Size:7.50 MB
Publisher:Acez Software LLC
Version:1.0.5
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.5 and up

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