Park Math

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Early math concepts taught in a fun, interactive way.

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Educational value

Kids can learn to count, add, subtract, sort, and make patterns and sequences. Kids follow Blue Bear around the park and play different math games such as adding up the ducks on the slide or sorting dogs from small to large on the bench. The park is a nice theme to tie everything together, and kids have hands-on objects to manipulate to learn the math being taught. Some activities are more effective for learning than others. Park Math is a fun way to engage kids in math with its park them and objects that can be moved aroung and counted.

Ease of play

The game is very well designed for use by young children, and offers three different difficulty levels which makes the app appropriate for kids ranging from preschool to first grade.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

App details

For kids who love numbers and math

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