Math Ninja AR

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Basic addition practice in a busy AR world.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Practice basic addition skills, explore augmented reality (AR) technology.

Ease of Play

Easy to use -- once kids get the hang of the AR feature, which can be difficult at first. AR feature may also be too distracting for some kids, who may find it difficult to focus on the math aspect of the game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Math Ninja AR is a simple addition practice game for kids age 6 to 8. The augmented reality (AR) feature of the game requires kids to move their device around to view the addition facts questions in various areas of the Ninja Town. Villagers stationed around the town are holding numbers kids tap to answer the questions. Kids can play the easy, medium, or hard levels, and they can collect up to 40 cards as they work their way through the addition facts. Read the privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To play MATH NINJA AR, tap Start and find a flat surface with open space on which to view the AR field. Choose the easy, medium, or hard level. Align your field of vision with the area outlined by a blue box and search for the correct answer to the addition facts problem that's rotating on the screen above the village. Find the villager who is holding the answer to the problem, and tap on him or her. To view your collection, tap Collection.

Is it any good?

For some kids, this app will be such a fun experience that they'll forget that they're practicing math, but for others, it may be so overwhelming that they won't be able to practice math at all. Knowing how much stimulation your kid can handle while reviewing their addition facts will be essential as you decide whether to download Math Ninja AR for them. The AR feature adds an engaging novelty to basic math practice, but it's also important that it doesn't overshadow the focus on memorizing addition facts and solving basic addition problems. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether the augmented reality feature on Math Ninja AR helps or detracts from the addition practice for your kid. Are the fun parts of this app helpful for practicing addition facts or do they make it more difficult to focus on math?

  • As kids move up the levels on this app to double-digit addition problems, talk about ways to guesstimate rather than just guess. Encourage your kid to think about the problem rather than randomly tap answers.

  • This app is limited to addition practice. If your kid needs practice in more areas of basic math, check out our grade-based math apps lists.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition
  • Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 8, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 151.00 MB
  • Publisher: Fantamstick
  • Version: 1.1.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later

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