Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD is an educational math game aimed at toddlers and preschoolers starring characters from Nick Jr.'s Team Umizoomi TV show. The app contains five mini-games: "Toy Store Counting," "Number Bubbles" (number recognition), "Rolling Toy Parade" (number sequencing), "Race Around Umi City" (number comparisons), and "Up! Up! and Balloons" (addition/subtraction). It's cute, and beginning learners will enjoy learning numbers with this fun app, but kids who already are pretty familiar with counting concepts may lose interest quickly.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
What's not to like about the Team Umizoomi characters? Between them and the "prizes" kids win when completing levels, younger kids will return to play this one over and over.
Kids will explore age-appropriate number concepts through a series of colorful games. The counting, addition, subtraction, and number line games closely align with the subject matter.
The directions are clear, and kids get hints if they're struggling. The app would benefit from a parent or teacher area with data, but kids can demonstrate success by the number of rewards they win in each area.
What's it about?
TEAM UMIZOOMI MATH: ZOOM INTO NUMBERS HD is a math game aimed at toddlers and preschoolers that has five mini-games: "Toy Store Counting," "Number Bubbles" (number recognition), "Rolling Toy Parade" (number sequencing), "Race Around Umi City" (number comparisons), and "Up! Up! and Balloons" (addition/subtraction). Kids must unlock the last four games by completing at least one round of the game before it. When a round of a game is complete, kids earn a reward. After eight rewards in one game, they can earn a trophy. Earning trophies on all five games unlocks the "Key to the City." The city itself also has objects to interact with. The Number Bubbles game has characters chewing bubble gum and blowing bubbles.
Is it any good?
Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD has some great features, including the ability to have four player profiles, plenty of enthusiastic (if repetitive) feedback, and game objects young kids will relate to (toys, balloons, cars). It may try to pack a bit too much range into the app, however, as a child who needs to learn basic counting probably will not be ready for subtraction. The app also doesn't require any mastery or progress in one game before a child can move along to another one, which may result in kids playing a game that's too difficult. Negative feedback is gentle and, in most games, involves a prompt to choose the right answer, which helps keep kids from being frustrated. This is likely to be a hit with the preschool crowd.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about awareness of numbers in everyday life. You can point out prices at the grocery store, speed limits on the freeway, and lots more.
Play along with your kids and help them out with any concepts they may have a hard time with (sequencing, subtraction).