Motion Math: Zoom

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Clever way to learn number line; purchase unlocks full app.

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Educational Value
Kids can learn numbers and counting by exploring this interactive number line. The design of Motion Math Zoom helps kids learn how numbers relate to each other, with animals of increasing size corresponding to numbers of greater value; for example, frogs for ones, dogs for tens, and rhinos for hundreds. As kids fill in the number line, they must analyze what they see and decide where each number belongs. Motion Math Zoom makes the abstract idea of number relationships more concrete, giving kids a tangible way to understand essential math concepts.
Ease of Play

There are several levels to this game, starting with an intro level, and each level increases the difficulty. Kids can also turn off and on a timer, which is in the form of a needle to pop the bubbles. Instructions are included as kids play, and are also on a help screen.

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The game is filled with opportunities and reminders to purchase the full version of the game. This can be done from several screens, and reminders pop up between levels. The app also includes a parent guide that gives information on the publisher's other apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Motion Math: Zoom is an educational game that helps kids practice using the number line. 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). Depending on the level, kids can practice with numbers 1 to 1,000, negatives, decimals, and more. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

Adult Written byLachmot January 22, 2014

Restrictive and boring when it could be so great

Using lines of bugs, frogs, dogs, rhinos and dinosaurs to make the number line come alive is a great idea, and the illustrations are very sweet and work perfect... Continue reading

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What's it about?

In Motion Math: Zoom, kids physically interact with the number line by swiping with one finger to move it around and pinching with two fingers to zoom in and out. Numbers appear in bubbles above the number line, and kids swipe and zoom to find the empty space where the number fits on the line. When kids find the right spot, they tap to pop the bubble, and the number floats into place.

Is it any good?

MOTION MATH: ZOOM is a fun and creative way to practice using the number line and to put different kinds of numbers in order. Kids physically interact with the number line, moving it around, zooming in and out, until they truly understand how it works. The graphics and the game are fun, and the included creatures are very useful in demonstrating scale. Although the app teaches how to use the number line very well, the constant reminders to purchase the full version of the app detract from the fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help kids create their own number lines; hang up a string then use clothespins or paper clips to attach numbers to the line.

  • Ask kids "Which is bigger?" questions to help them practice visualizing numbers on the number line. Tailor your questions to your child's learning level, for example, "Which is bigger, ½ or ¼?"

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: counting, numbers
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, deduction, part-whole relationships
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 18, 2011
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 16.50 MB
  • Publisher: Motion Math
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

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