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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Motion Math: Cupcake! is an interactive simulation game like that teaches kids about math including concepts related to arithmetic and the coordinate system. It is currently only available through the Motion Math app, which combines six games into a single app that requires a subscription service to play ($2.99 monthly, or $29.99 annually). Kids are in charge of a bakery that sells cupcakes and have to fill orders, purchase baking supplies, and deliver the orders. Completing these tasks requires math skills combined with strategic thinking, keeping kids on their toes. Supported languages include English, French, and Spanish.
What's it about?
As MOTION MATH: CUPCAKE! begins, kids start with $50 and use it to purchase ingredients. Then they design a cupcake to sell in the bakery: Using basic dough, they can add ingredients such as frosting and sprinkles. After naming their cupcakes, they must set the price of each cupcake using the cost of the ingredients as a guide. Then orders come in from customers in written and spoken form, though the audio is not in English. Some orders are straightforward while others require some arithmetic. Kids enter the number of cupcakes into a cash register, creating an order ticket; the customer provides a delivery location using coordinates on a grid. As kids play, some coordinates involve negative numbers, fractions, and/or mixed numbers. Adding to the mix is the process of ordering ingredients when they run out, creating new recipes, unlocking new ingredients, and making purchases such as a new oven and an upgraded delivery vehicle. As kids make choices, they must consider how to make as much of a profit as possible each day over 40 days.
Is it any good?
Motion Math: Cupcake! is incredibly fun and challenges kids to use math and strategic thinking to run a business. It also includes various math concepts seamlessly and purposefully, so kids will experience how math is relevant to daily tasks. Similar to its counterpart, Motion Math: Pizza!, this app gives kids an immersive, enjoyable way to use math concepts. There are only a few minor drawbacks: Kids who have reading challenges would benefit from audio that matches the text to decrease the text load. Also, more frequent hints and directions about how to maneuver the delivery truck would eliminate frustration some kids may feel.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different skills that are needed to run a business. What do you need to know and learn? What are important factors to consider?
Discuss the pros and cons of owning a business and the importance of earning enough of a profit to continue to grow the business.
Have kids write a plan for a business they might like to own. What kinds of math skills would they need to run the business?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, counting, fractions, graphing, multiplication, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, problem solving, strategy, thinking critically
Self-Direction: academic development, goal-setting
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: April 16, 2015
- Category: Education
- Size: 39.10 MB
- Publisher: Motion Math
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Award: Common Sense Seal
For kids who love math games and sims
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