What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PopMath Basic Math will challenge their kids to solve basic arithmetic problems by popping bubbles that bounce around the screen. The idea is to match a bubble showing the correct answer to a bubble showing an equation by popping them in sequence. Kids can choose to drill addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division -- or all four at once.
What kids can learn
- academic development
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
Works like gentle and dynamic flashcards where answers and questions float about in colorful bubbles. Might be just right for easily frustrated or distracted kids.
Kids can choose individual or multiple operators and values gradually increase, but actual learning tools and variety are lacking.
Though gameplay is too simple to require a tutorial, reference sections and additional games would improve value.
What's it about?
It's a simple concept: match four sets of expressions and answers all floating in colorful bubbles. Kids tap either answer or expression first. Bubbles pop and disappear and kids gain points for accuracy and speed. Kids can choose individual operators or all four at once. The app remembers level kids attain; unfortunately, kids can't go back without starting over from level 1.
Is it any good?
PopMath Basic Math presents the player with four pairs of bubbles, bouncing around in front of various colorful backgrounds. Each bubble has a simple arithmetic problem or a solution; tapping a matching set makes it pop and disappear. After each level, the app reports the time taken and number of mistakes made, and then advances to the next level. The player can select addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or all four at once. There's also a slider for the maximum number allowed, from "Table of 2" to "Table of 12" to "Any number."
The challenge is solving the problems as they move around the screen as quickly as possible, particularly when all four operators are in play at once. Other than increasing the maximum numbers, however, the game does not present any new challenges and children may find it boring after some time.
Families can talk about...
Take turns telling arithmetic stories with your kids: "There were five fish and two swam away. How many were left?"
Ask your older kids to find matrixes around the house (muffin tins, sheets of labels).
Show your older kids how to divide marbles or cards into groups with the same number of parts.