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Team Umizoomi: Math Racer

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Great arcade-style gameplay, but math isn't baked in.

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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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