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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pet Bingo - by Duck Duck Moose covers a broad range of math skills from adding one-digit numbers to dividing double digits into 9,801, making the app appropriate for kids in kindergarten and up. Performance reports show a percentage score indicating how kids are doing in each skill set. Kids can get help with any problem by tapping the question mark; they'll see the problem broken down using a math strategy. As with other Duck Duck Moose apps, every detail of Pet Bingo is designed with kids, their learning, and their safety in mind.
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What's it about?
Kids choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or mixed operations and a level: easy, medium, or hard. They then answer math problems and find the answers on a bingo grid. When they've correctly answered enough questions to get bingo, they win a pet or food for their pet. Between math games, kids can play with and care for their pets in the pet pen, a carnival-like park. If kids are stuck on a problem, they can tap the question mark to see the problem broken down using a math strategy -- such as 10 frames or number lines for addition and subtraction, as well as arrays and commutative and distributive properties for multiplication and division. Parents can view reports showing the percentage of problems kids answered correctly and their progress in each skill set.
Is it any good?
PET BINGO - BY DUCK DUCK MOOSE is not just fun and effective math practice for kids; parents also will appreciate the detailed progress reports and clear help with math strategies that may no longer be familiar to them. The app spans five grade levels and supports multiple users, making it a real bargain for families with more than one child. The easy level of addition starts with users adding single-digit numbers, and the activities advance to division of double digits into four digits. Kids also will enjoy the rewards of cute animals and pet supplies.
Talk to your kids about ...
Encourage kids to spend at least 10 minutes a day on math skills practice. Apps like Pet Bingo - by Duck Duck Moose make those minutes fly by.
Steer kids to the level that will challenge without overwhelming them. Check the progress report for an area at which they're scoring in the 70th-80th percentile and focus their practice there.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: addition, division, multiplication, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, problem solving, strategy
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 12, 2013
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Size: 54.80 MB
- Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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