More 4 Monkey: Pre-K Number Foundation

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Clever number-sense games challenge but are repetitive.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice estimating and comparing quantities. They'll work with concepts of less and more by comparing groups of items with different quantities. Kids also exercise basic addition and subtraction skills by estimating the quantities of items. This kind of easy flexibility and familiarity with number and quantity may give kids a good foundation for future math concepts.

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As long as kids pay attention, playing the game is easy.

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The free download includes only a limited number of levels. To unlock the whole game, parents will need to make an in-app purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that More 4 Monkey: Pre-K Number Foundation aims to help kids develop a general sense of number and quantity. Kids see two groups of objects and decide, without counting, which one has more or fewer items. As kids progress, the events leading up to how many items are present, and the decision about which group has more, gets more challenging. Parents have the option to create multiple user accounts, and they can see basic reports of how each kid is progressing. More 4 Monkey: Pre-K Number Foundation was inspired by academic research that suggests that kids get a short-term boost in their math performance after playing games about number sense. Kids and parents can try out the app with the free download, but parents will have to purchase to get the full version. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

MORE 4 MONKEY: PRE-K NUMBER FOUNDATION gives kids practice with number sense or an intuitive sense of number and quantity. Kids watch items gather on either side of the screen. Then they're asked to tap, sometimes on the side with more, sometimes on the side with less. Other levels approximate addition and subtraction with, for example, some items going in a basket, then some being taken out. Kids decide which of two groups of items represents how many items are in the basket. Estimating quantity gets harder as kids progress though the levels.

Is it any good?

Through increasingly challenging levels, kids get lots of practice estimating quantity with this early learning app, but a little more variety would make it even better. With cute graphics and easy-to-follow gameplay, More 4 Monkey: Pre-K Number Foundation has a nice, kid-friendly approach to exploring numbers. The levels that gradually present more similar quantities as kids get better at estimating may help keep the game exciting level after level. Still, it would also be nice to see some variety in how kids interact with the app. On every level, kids essentially perform that same action: watch items appear and/or disappear, listen closely to the question, and tap on one side or the other to choose which side has the correct quantity of items. With that kind of monotony, some kids may stop paying attention. Even though new levels keep loading automatically one after the other, More 4 Monkey: Pre-K Number Foundation is probably best played in small doses.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about quantity, the main theme of More 4 Monkey: Pre-K Number Foundation. Count things you see around you -- from stairs to snack crackers -- to give kids practice with associating number and quantity.

  • Practice basic addition and subtraction with yours. Divide groups of blocks into smaller groups, and take one item away and add it back and see what happens.

  • On early levels, help kids count if they're having trouble with the concepts of less and more.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, estimation, numbers, subtraction
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (in-app purchase to access all content)
  • Release date: January 9, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Size: 64.20 MB
  • Publisher: Cognitive ToyBox, Inc.
  • Version: 2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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