Math Bakery 2 - Continue Counting

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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"Baked in" math practice solid but not sweet enough.

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Educational Value

Practice addition and subtraction. Problems increase in difficulty (up to three-digit addition and subtraction, with regrouping).

Ease of Play

Illustration of regrouping may not be intuitive to some; however, once kids get the hang of it, it makes sense.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Math Bakery 2 - Continue Counting is an addition and subtraction practice game created and used in schools in Sweden. Kids can practice addition and subtracting numbers 0 to 999 (some problems include regrouping). There are 14 games with a bakery theme. Kids can choose what level of difficulty to begin. They can also challenge themselves, their friends, or an adult to a "duel" in which players create problems for one another to solve. The app uses number lines disguised as baking sheets with cookies to represent addition and subtraction. Kids are allowed to work toward the correct answer without being penalized. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the type of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To play MATH BAKERY 2 - CONTINUE COUNTING, create a new account. Choose whether to practice addition or subtraction, or to play a "duel."  For instructions or hints, tap the light bulb icon in the right corner of the screen and read. After choosing an activity, select the desired math-problem level. Line up the cookies in order to complete a number line for the sum, and then tap the numeral below to answer. A baking timer gives the appearance of time pressure. Answer incorrectly, and the numerals go dark. When they light up again, give it another try. To play a "duel," find a friend and challenge each other with addition or subtraction problems of your own (up to the number 30). Kids can set whether they want the on-screen timer and other game specifics.

Is it any good?

Though there are opportunities for solid practice, and the math is presented in a real-world context, this app may not keep kids coming back for more. While Math Bakery 2 - Continue Counting can help kids get in some solid addition and subtraction practice with numbers to 999, it's missing some ingredients that could make it fun. Also, it may take a few tries for some kids to understand the way it shows carrying and borrowing. Once kids understand the app's system for regrouping, however, it makes sense visually. Still, these cookies won't likely make many kids' mouth water for math practice. It's slow-paced, predictable, and rather bland.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Math Bakery 2 - Continue Counting uses rows of cookies on a cookie pan to illustrate groupings. In addition to cookies, what are other common objects you could use to practice addition and subtraction? 

  • Kids can come up with their own addition or subtraction problems to challenge friends in the "duel" mode. Talk to your kid about how to challenge friends appropriately. What sort of rules should they talk about with their "opponent" before the duel begins? Place values that will be used? The largest number allowed in a problem? 

  • Talk about the difference between math learning and math practice. This app is for practice. Your kid needs to have learned about addition, subtraction, and regrouping before using it.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, counting, subtraction
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: November 1, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 120.80 MB
  • Publisher: Pi Education
  • Version: 1.11
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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