Pet Bingo - by Duck Duck Moose

Common Sense Media says

Lively math and solid strategies from addition to division.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are no instructions, but play is intuitive. If kids don't respond quickly, the cute pets play peek-a-boo to draw kids' attention to the right area.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

A small logo on the home page shows more apps from the developer, but it's protected behind a parental-control swipe screen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is requested or collected. Kids choose a username, and parents can view detailed in-app reports of student progress.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • multiplication
  • subtraction
  • addition
  • division

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • problem solving

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The reward of adding pets to a pen and playing with them motivates kids to keep playing. The Bingo answer sheet adds another level of fun and challenge.

Learning Approach

Games become more challenging as kids' math skills develop. The range of skills and skill levels includes easy, medium, and hard in activities including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division spanning five grade levels.

Support

Detailed reports show the percentage of correct answers broken down by skill set and number range. Kids can get help with any math problem by tapping the question mark.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • multiplication
  • subtraction
  • addition
  • division

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • problem solving

Kids can learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division spanning five grade levels. They'll work on addition and subtraction skills starting with adding 0s and 1s and advance to adding and subtracting triple digit numbers. Multiplication and division starts with 0s and 1s and advances to 99 x 99 or dividing two digits into 9,801. Multiplication tables are included as a category as well. Kids who need help can see problems broken down by a visual math strategy to help them see the concepts behind the math. Pet Bingo - by Duck Duck Moose is an excellent tool to encourage kids to develop math skills beyond memorization.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:November 12, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice
Size:48.80 MB
Publisher:Duck Duck Moose
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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