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Pet Bingo - by Duck Duck Moose

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Lively math and solid strategies from addition to division.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

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
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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.

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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?

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
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:48.80 MB
Publisher:Duck Duck Moose
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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Educator and Parent Written bygroverette76 July 15, 2015

Builds automaticity AND is one my girls want to play!

We limit screen time on weekdays to about 20 minutes/day with a learning app. My girls (ages 5 and 7) used to groan about being limited to the "learning" folder but they LOVE Duck, Duck Moose's Pet Bingo and they have been playing it consistently for several months. This app is not a substitute for teaching the concepts BUT it provides a good opportunity for building fluency with numbers and my girls love taking care of their little pets.

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