A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn early math skills like recognizing numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction. Learning isn't baked in to every aspect of play but comes in pit stop breaks where kids take care of the car while answering math problems. The challenge level increases as kids master earlier concepts. They'll start with identifying numbers, move into adding one, and then ease into addition. There are no rewards for math mastery, but kids have to answer the problems to get back to the race. The racing game is fun and rewards-based, but the math seems tacked on to give Team Umizoomi: Math Racer that "educational" edge.
Ease of Play
Kids can choose to move the race cars by tapping and swiping or by tilting the device. Verbal instructions guide kids through the different math activities and car-building activity.
Products & Purchases
The Nickelodeon logo links to other Nick apps but is protected behind a kid-lock screen where parents have to type in numerals from a spelled-out code. The app ties in to the Team Umizoomi show, which has a small line of toys and other products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Team Umizoomi: Math Racer is an arcade-style racing game featuring characters from the Nickelodeon program Team Umizoomi. Kids design a race car and then drive it on the track, collecting coins and avoiding obstacles and taking pit stops to do a bit of math. The coins add up to earn more accessories for the cars, and kids earn trophies to add to the trophy room for completing different tasks. Early math skills covered include identifying numbers, recognizing more and fewer, number sequence, and addition and subtraction. Up to four users can create accounts to play on the same device.
Is It Any Good?
TEAM UMIZOOMI: MATH RACER does a great job integrating the racing theme throughout play. Kids will feel like race car drivers choosing and decking out their cars, racing and maintaining them through the pit stops, and then earning trophies for their race achievements. The math curriculum covered is impressive, too, starting with number recognition and the counting sequence and moving to addition and subtraction and counting by tens. The math pit stop is a cute way to integrate math thematically, but math isn't integrated into the actual race at all or into the car-building, making the learning seem tacked on. The race runs a little long for short preschooler attention spans with each segment running more than two minutes, and it'd be nice to see some math incorporated there -- like counting the coins as they are collected in the race.
The controls are excellent. Letting kids choose between tapping and swiping the screen to move the car or to tilting the device is pure genius. Kids will have a blast playing, but since it is a relatively pricey app, parents need to be aware that math practice, while quality, is sparse.
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