Math Bingo

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Good tool for kids to practice what they've already learned.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The design is wonderfully simple. Just solve math problems and find the answer in the grid below. And the difficulty can be customized for the player, which means it's suitable for kindergartners all the way up to middle-schoolers.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Math Bingo is exactly what its name implies: a combination of math and bingo. It allows kids to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The app does not offer instructions or constructive feedback -- it's mainly a way to practice. There is no iffy content at all, and the challenge level is appropriate for a wide range of school-age children from kindergartners to middle-schoolers.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • arithmetic
  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The "bugs" are disgustingly adorable, colors are bold and bright, and the slingshot game is a bit of a distraction and only mildly fun.

Learning Approach

Semi-delayed rewards and integrated device-level scoreboard breaks down high scores for each operator and level.

Support

How to Play covers everything a kid needs to know. Navigation is quick and clear (however, exiting a game feels like exiting the app, although you won't).

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • arithmetic
  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • strategy

Kids can learn and practice math operations with Math Bingo’s addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division activities. There are three levels to choose from, so the activities cover arithmetic skills for a range of ages. Kids can practice each of the operations separately or try all four together. The app incorporates a bingo game into the math practice, so kids can also improve their strategy skills a little as they play. Math Bingo doesn't offer any constructive feedback or instruction, so it won't help kids deepen their understanding of math concepts, but it's a useful tool for practicing math operations.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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What's it about?

In Math Bingo, kids complete math equations by tapping to mark the correct answers on a 5x5 bingo card. There are two primary goals for Math Bingo: to answer the questions correctly and to mark five answers in a line for a "bingo" as quickly as possible. The equations appear at the top of the screen, and visual feedback for each attempt is at the bottom. A simple bell or buzzer indicates whether the answer is correct. The app supports up to 30 players, and the best times for each game are posted to the leaderboard.

Is it any good?

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MATH BINGO can be a good way to get kids to practice their arithmetic. Multiple difficulties levels for each game type can challenge kids from kindergarten to middle school. Quickest times get posted on the local leaderboard -- a good carrot-on-a-stick for siblings or friends to keep playing and improve their performance. And younger kids will appreciate that achieving a high score comes with a reward: a "bingo bug" that crawls around on the screen and can be played with by dragging it or tilting the iPad.

However, the app only offers practice. There's no instruction and no constructive feedback to help deepend understanding of math concepts. Still, Math Bingo offers kids another option for practicing arithmetic.

Families can talk about...

  • Observe your child playing Math Bingo and note any areas where he or she might be struggling; mention this to your child's teacher.

  • When you see your child struggling with a math problem, help him or her create a visual representation of the problem. For example, for 3x5, make five groups of three pennies to represent the equation.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:July 15, 2010
Category:Educational Games
Publisher:ABCya.com
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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