Math Practice Boards

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Kids practice basic math in colorful doodles on free app.

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Educational Value

Kids can gain practice in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems on 10 levels using Math Practice Boards. Kids in early elementary-school grades can use the pens to draw visual cues as they solve problems and rely on their already memorized math facts. Older kids can use the pens to solve the problems step-by-step on the screen. Some problems within each level seem much more complicated than others. Multiple choice answers are provided. It's not the best math app, but its fun doodle feature can make drills more engaging for some kids.

Ease of Play

Very easy to establish the limited customizations and easy to write on the screen and tap to answer the multiple choice answers; however, the random order of problems, the substantial difference in the difficulty of problems within the same levels, and the fact that the app immediately provides the answer if a kid answers a problem incorrectly without offering kids a chance at a second try may frustrate some kids.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids solve math problems by doodling colorful lines with their fingertips on their mobile device's screen while playing Math Practice Boards. Kids can solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems and then choose the answer from four multiple choice boxes. There are 10 levels of math problems that can be set to adapt to each kid's current math skills, although the difficulty within each level varies widely. Math Practice Boards isn't the best math practice app available, but it does offer a colorful, somewhat interactive way for kids practicing basic math problems for free.

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What's it about?

Choose the operations (addition and subtraction and/or multiplication and division), a level (1-10), and a pen color. Problems appear either vertically or horizontally. Kids can doodle visual cues or draw answers, then they must tap the multiple choice answer. A green check appears for correct answers. The app provides the correct answers immediately if kids choose a wrong answer. Decent practice, fun doodles.

Is it any good?

MATH PRACTICE BOARDS can offer solid practice in basic math operations for free. That said, some kids may get frustrated if the level isn't set to their current ability, and even if it is set properly sometimes problems provided seem much more difficult than other problems on that same level. Another potential source of frustration is that if a kid answers a problem incorrectly, the app provides the right answer immediately with no option to give it another try. The best parts of this app are the colorful pens that kids can use to doodle their problem solving and answers. Younger kids can use them to write dots or other visuals to represent numbers, while older kids can draw the numbers, perhaps using different colors as cues for a concept they are learning, such as the one, tens, hundreds, and thousands places. For kids who like doodling, this app could encourage math practice more than other traditional type-in-the-numbers apps.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Set the level according to your kid's current math skills.

  • Talk to your kid about how to make educated guesses on the few aberrant problems in each level that may be beyond their current skill level.

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Subjects: Math: addition, division, multiplication, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, problem solving
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 27, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 0.14 MB
  • Publisher: Math17
  • Version: 1.12
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 2.2 and up

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