Motion Math

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Great bundle of fun math games; parents see kids' progress.

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age 6+
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Educational Value

Math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, word problems, estimation, fractions, number lines, decimals, negative numbers, and more. Working efficiently, identifying strengths and weaknesses.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Some games require reading for brief instructions. Easier games include an on-screen pointer that shows kids where to tap, swipe, or tilt.

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Sexy Stuff

Free seven-day trial. Access to all games for one subscription price.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Motion Math is a subscription-based app featuring math games for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. Kids practice a variety of math skills by playing six popular Motion Math games that were previously available as individual apps (with more to come, according to the developer). Games such as Hungry Fish, Match, and Cupcake help kids learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, word-problem solving, fractions, negative numbers, and more. Parents can track multiple kids' usage, mastery of math concepts, and learning skills ("growth mindset," self-regulation, confidence, and productive strategy) on the parent dashboard online. After a free seven-day trial, a subscription to Motion Math cost $2.99 per month or $20.99 per year. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Parent of a 5 and 6-year-old Written byNoahKid September 14, 2018

Not Fun

Not fun at all. My daughter couldn't bare it for 2 minutes. I think most of the app developers don't get the idea of gamification or fun learning for... Continue reading

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What's it about?

To use MOTION MATH, first enter your access code or sign up for a free seven-day trial. Answer sign-up questions, including names and ages of children who will play. Choose the $2.99-per-month or $29.99-per-year subscription option. Then tap "Start my trial!" Select player using the app by tapping the player's name. Choose from the games that appear. For example, tap "Hungry Fish" and that game, along with its instructions, appears. Select math skills you'd like to practice in the game and select speed ("no rush," "think fast," or "think faster") as well as the number range included in the equations. In Hungry Fish: As the fish eats the numeral that equals the numeral on its back, the fish grows. Each game begins with a brief written tutorial with on-screen guides.

Is it any good?

This bundle of math games supplies kids with a lot of options for fun play with numbers. Parents will likely appreciate the progress data they can view to track their kids' play time and learning on Motion Math, while kids will enjoy the varied ways to practice math skills. To play the game Bounce, kids tilt their device as they use visual skills to "bounce" numbers into the correct place. Kids run the businesses in Pizza and Cupcake as they practice money skills and other business-related math.

The ideal way to use Motion Math may be to start with kids on the kindergarten side of the suggested age range and build understanding of the working of the games as they progress in math skills through the 400+ levels. It may be difficult to start some games at later levels if kids are already struggling with those math concepts. In that case, choose the slower-paced version of the game or go back a level or two. With more promised games on the way, any kid who prefers to practice math skills in gamified ways will likely benefit from time spent on some or all of Motion Math's games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk to your kids about how to tailor Motion Math to their current math skill level. Parents will likely need to get involved with helping kids (especially younger kids) adjust some of the games' parameters on Motion Math to make it a fun, learning-level appropriate app.

  • Ask your kids if they like the gameplay options that add some time pressure, or if they prefer playing without that added element.

  • Talk about the games that include real-world problem-solving such as Pizza and Cupcake. Can your kid create other real-world business applications for math skills, such as playing "store" with items in your house, or hosting a lemonade stand with friends?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, counting, division, equations, estimation, fractions, graphing, measurement, money, multiplication, numbers, subtraction
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, identifying strengths and weaknesses, working efficiently
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($2.99/mo. for all games)
  • Release date: June 20, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 248.40 MB
  • Publisher: Motion Math
  • Version: 4.10
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 17, 2021

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