A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Marble Math Junior is a younger kids' version of the excellent math app, Marble Math. Like its counterpart, Marble Math Junior is an ingenious app that combines a marble maze game with math word problems. Since this version is for early readers, players can hear the problems read aloud by touching the words at the top of the screen. Lots of customization options and new, unique marble rewards make this game effective, sticky, and tons of fun.
What's it about?
First kids choose a level and how they want to play (drag the marble with their finger or roll it by tilting the device), and then set whether they want to play with obstacles and bonuses or limit it to math problems only. Adults can also customize what skills they want kids to work on and in which currency. Math problems appear at the top of the screen, such as "Collect numbers that equal three," and kids navigate through the maze with their marble to pick up answers to the problem.
Is it any good?
MARBLE MATH JUNIOR is one of the most fun, customizable, and effective math games available for early elementary school-age kids. Moving the marble around the maze while collecting answers and avoiding obstacles is so absorbing that kids easily forget they're practicing math skills like shape recognition, addition, and subtraction. Parents and teachers can customize style of play, skill sets, and levels to make this game more effective and less frustrating for kids. This is high quality math practice that's fun, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Help your kids set the appropriate levels and settings in Marble Math Junior to ensure ease of play and appropriate knowledge level.
If your kid loves all the different marbles, consider helping them start a marble collection of their own. Marbles are great for sorting, comparing, counting, and other math skills!
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, fractions, grouping, money, multiplication, numbers, sequences, shapes, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, solving puzzles, strategy
Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: March 29, 2012
- Category: Education
- Size: 66.80 MB
- Publisher: Artgig Studio
- Version: 1.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
For kids who love puzzles and math
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