Slice Fractions 2

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Learn math concepts with playful puzzles, problem-solving.

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Educational Value

Part-whole partitioning, numerator/denominator notation, equivalent fractions, fraction multiplication, finding the common denominator, and fractions larger than one.

Ease of Play

Tap and swipe to move the game forward. A hand icon shows kids what to do in the tutorial, or if they're stuck they can tap the rewind icon to reset the level. Since there are no words and some of the levels require some rather abstract thinking, many levels on this app could be quite frustrating to some kids in the age range the app is created for (6 to 8).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Slice Fractions 2 introduces kids to fractions-related concepts through a wordless game. Kids can build on the concepts they learned playing Slice Fractions, and while it's not necessary to have played that app first, this installment has additional mechanics that increase the difficulty a bit. A little mammoth is the star of the game, which includes more than 100 puzzles in three worlds. Other creatures -- including stretchy snails -- help the mammoth find a missing hat. The mammoth moves through the many levels using kids' abstract thinking, motion, and spatial skills to solve the puzzles. The puzzles' hidden goal is helping kids gain a conceptual understanding of many fractions concepts -- equivalent fractions, common denominators, part-whole partitioning -- visually. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To play SLICE FRACTIONS 2, tap Play and tap the first mammoth icon to learn the rules of the game through a tutorial. Strategically tap snails to set off chain reactions, remove obstacles, drop blocks, build a snail bridge, and move the mammoth forward. Swipe red lines on blocks to slice them into fractions. If a player selects the wrong order of tapping and swiping to move the mammoth forward, tap the rewind icon in the upper-right corner to try the level again. Return to the levels to view progress and read what skills you're learning.

Is it any good?

The cute mammoth, stretchy snails, and other adorable creatures bring an unusually fun playfulness to learning fractions. Slice Fractions 2 helps kids build visual understanding for concepts such as fractions multiplication, manipulating big fractions, and more. On the downside, since there are no words and some of the levels require some rather abstract thinking, younger users and auditory learners may find more frustration than learning. For kids who gravitate toward visual learning, however, Slice Fractions 2 is a fun way for them to gain conceptual knowledge through play that may serve them very well when it's time to express those concepts in concrete ways in the classroom.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Slice Fractions 2 doesn't use words and even omits numbers (or leaves them to a bare minimum on many levels) but can still help kids learn fractions concepts. What are some other real-life examples of use of fractions where words and numbers aren't seen? Slicing a pizza? Splitting a cookie evenly? Estimating how long it will take to complete cleaning half of your room?

  • Talk about your child's learning style. Does your kid like learning with verbal instructions or visual cues? Abstract or concrete concepts?

  • Discuss perseverance. Slice Fractions 2 has many, many levels, and it may take numerous play sessions for many kids to complete this app.

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For kids who love math apps

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