Motion Math: Pizza!

Common Sense Media says

Pizzeria sim delivers valuable lessons about economics.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Most of the features are intuitive, but some instructions would be helpful for certain tasks. 

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

No personal information is required to use the app. The developer's website has a reader-friendly privacy policy stating that no personally identifiable information is collected from users except when users sign up for a newsletter. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Motion Math: Pizza! is an innovative educational app that teaches kids about basic economics. Kids get a start-up budget of $50.00, which they can use to buy pizza ingredients. Kids use the ingredients to make, name, and price up to three different kinds of pizzas. Then they open their shop and must calculate the correct prices for each customer's order. If kids take too long to fill an order, if the pizzas are priced too high, or if they run out, customers will disappear with a poof! Kids learn a valuable lesson: Running a successful business requires important math and reasoning skills to properly budget money and keep customers satisfied.  

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • arithmetic
  • division
  • estimation
  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • thinking critically

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Motion Math: Pizza! engages kids with fun and interactive graphics and the challenges of running a business. 

Learning Approach

Kids are challenged to quickly solve math problems in order to make a profit. Problems get harder as the game progresses, and kids can see how well they did after each day of sales. 

Support

Instructions at the beginning of the game are helpful, and navigation is intuitive. More hints and feedback would improve the learning process for some kids.  

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • arithmetic
  • division
  • estimation
  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • thinking critically

Kids can learn about balancing money and time while they practice addition, multiplication, division, and estimation. Motion Math: Pizza! helps kids learn that products must be sold for the right prices. If prices are too low, kids lose money. If prices are too high, they lose customers. If kids take too long to calculate the total for a customer's order, the customer leaves. Kids also have to make sure they purchase enough ingredients or they'll run out of pizzas and lose more customers. Motion Math: Pizza! is a fantastic math game that gives kids a taste of what is needed to run a profitable business.

This Learning Rating review was written by Debbie Gorrell

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What's it about?

MOTION MATH: PIZZA! is all about running a business. Kids start by entering their name, which becomes the name of the pizza shop, and they are given $50.00 to start the business. Next, kids tap on a van, which takes them to the market to purchase ingredients. At the start of the game, there is one vendor at the market with three pizza toppings for sale. As the game progresses, up to three vendors sell ingredients, and each vendor sells at different prices. As kids earn more money for their pizza shops, they unlock new ingredients. Kids have to divide or use estimation and mental math to pick the vendor with the lowest prices, or their businesses will end up losing money. Once they have their ingredients, kids tap to drive back to the shop and tap on a kitchen area to make up to three different pizzas. Kids can choose which toppings to use and how much of each topping they want per pizza. They name the pizza and set the price. When they are ready for business, kids tap on the pizza shop to open, and customers begin walking through the door and placing orders. Kids use math to determine the cost of each order.

Is it any good?

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Motion Math: Pizza! is an incredibly unique and engaging way for younger kids to learn valuable lessons about economics. Using important math and reasoning skills, kids will enjoy the challenges of making customers happy and earning a profit. Unlocking new pizza toppings is fun too. Once they earn enough money, kid can even purchase upgrades like awnings and outdoor signs for their stores. Most orders involve addition or multiplication and get more challenging as the game progresses. Kids have to think fast to find the order total and enter it into the cash register, or their customers will get tired of waiting and will disappear. On some days, customers name the price for their orders and kids have to decide whether or not to make the deal. Kids also have to try to plan ahead so they have enough ingredients to fill every order for an entire day, or, again, they will lose customers. After a day of sales is completed, kids can view pages that show them how much profit they made, how many of each type of pizza they sold, and other details about their customers. Then they have an opportunity to restock their ingredients before the next day of sales. 

Much of the game is intuitive, and some directions and hints are given. However, a more detailed overview of the game would be helpful for kids who need a bit of guidance. And a voice-to-text option would be a welcome feature. 

Families can talk about...

  • Use the app to open your own pizza shop and see who can earn more money in one day. Then discuss sales strategies and challenges.

  • If kids are struggling, encourage them to set their pizza prices lower so they can practice more basic addition and multiplication when fulfilling customer orders.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:December 19, 2013
Category:Education
Size:37.30 MB
Publisher:Motion Math
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Educator and Parent Written bymaryann2h March 5, 2014
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Review the pizza math game for kids

It is a good game to get kids to think quickly, work better with their math facts and understand how to make customers happy. The only issue is that people come in and want more toppings.. It is obvious to pay attention to this feedback, but unclear if they can charge for additional toppings? For ex. A product list that includes price for additional cheese, etc. Pother than that, my student loves the game and is improving math skills by using it.
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