What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Park Math presents kids with a series of fun, interactive math games. Kids will count a rabbit's swings, subtract ducks as they go down a slide, make two amounts even by adding or removing mice from a seesaw, and more. The activities all allow the children to physically manipulate the objects they are counting.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Seven engaging activities are colorful, fun, and interactive. Instrumental music weaves into the background common nursery rhymes many kids will recognize.
Kids learn by playing park-related math activities -- helping ducks to climb a slide, moving dogs in order from smallest to largest on a park bench -- and by choosing which activities to do when, and for how long.
Clear instructions and three different levels help make the games suitable for kids just entering preschool to those in first grade. There could be more feedback built in.
What's it about?
In Park Math, kids can navigate around a park and the math activities by either swiping Blue Bear to make him skate forward or backward or by touching the kites, which act as a menu of sorts for the activities. Each activity has three difficulty levels, and clear narration tells kids what to do. Kids need to move around animals or objects to help them add, subtract, sort, etc. The goal is to explore the different activities, thus no scores are given or kept.
Is it any good?
PARK MATH is a fantastic app in that it teaches as well as it entertains. The way it lets kids manipulate the items onscreen really helps drive home the concepts of addition and subtraction; it lets kids see with their own eyes what it means to, say, take two away from four. The characters and settings are colorful and appealing. The activities can be played in three levels of difficulty. And there are loads of hidden animations for kids to find and activate, making the experience all the more exciting for young ones. Mixing some just-for-fun stuff in with the solid math content is a nice way to keep very young kids interested.
Families can talk about...
Reinforce the material. For example, point out the pattern, "See, it goes castle, castle, shovel."
Recreate some of the math activities in real life such as making sequences using toys.
Use the same language in everyday life, pointing out size and pattern differences and counting.