Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication

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Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media
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Fun concept building takes drama out of multiplication.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about multiplication and division by building arrays. When they create two different shaped grids to get the same answer, kids can see the commutative property at work. Finding multiple combinations will build early factoring ideas as well.Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication helps kids recognize fact families when they use the same arrays for both multiplication and division and explores concepts to build understanding far beyond flashcards.

Ease of Play

Using features such as dragging and tapping is simple, though sometimes delayed. Somewhat slow to load pages when moving from one activity or screen to another.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication has kids organizing animals into grids called arrays that help them visualize multiplication and division. Though speed is not emphasized, activities will help kids see patterns that cut down on the number of facts they have to memorize. As kids play, they unlock short videos that contribute to a story about farm animals.

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What's it about?

In LLAMA DRAMA: LUMIO MULTIPLICATION, kids organize objects into equal rows to visualize what it means to multiply and divide. Using these arrays, they build their own times tables and discover tricks to learn facts faster. Kids also break apart and put together arrays building early factoring ideas important later in math. Initial tasks help kids learn how to use the app: By dragging and dropping, users begin by sorting similar animals in the right pens, automatically making their first arrays. Kids get silly feedback when they get it right, and if they get stuck, there are hints to coach them along. Short, entertaining videos about escaped farm animals play between levels.

Is it any good?

Increasingly challenging levels emphasize conceptual learning instead of having kids simply memorize multiplication and division facts, which makes for a strong use of technology. Kids build their own understanding by adding rows and columns to arrays and figuring out their times tables for themselves. The fun visual images help kids see that 2 x 5 is the same as 5 x 2, cutting back the number of facts they have to learn. If kids already have memorized their math facts, the app still asks them to build the array to ensure that students can create multiple representations of 3 x 4. Debugging the slightly delayed drag-and-drop mechanic and the audio instructions that occasionally fade out would be solid updates. Also, allowing kids to see their progress and having a clear rewards display would be great additions to an already strong way to learn math concepts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about multiplication in their everyday lives.  Build your own arrays in a muffin pan. Is there a faster way besides counting to figure out how many muffins there are?

  • Families also can make their own triangle fact cards to practice multiplication and division. Different from traditional flash cards, these cards have three numbers such as 2, 5, and 10, letting kids both multiply and divide. 

  • Talk about math concepts as they emerge in daily life. If the apples are about $0.50 and you want to buy two of them, how much will they cost?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: division, multiplication
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, part-whole relationships
  • Price: $2.99 for full version
  • Pricing structure: Free to try
  • Release date: September 8, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 35.00 MB
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Learning
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

For kids who love math and multiplication

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