Wild Kratts Creature Math

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Kids build habitats, practice math with fun PBS characters.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn addition and multiplication as they move items (such as seeds for trees or acorns for squirrels to eat) from one pile to another or as they see the numbers move along the number line. They can learn facts about animals and their habitats as Chris and Martin Kratt tell them about each of the animals in the game. They also can learn about the connectedness of the ecosystem and how each animal relies on certain plants or other animals for survival. Wild Kratts Creature Math is a fun way for kids to practice math and learn about animals and their habitats.

Ease of Play

A tutorial walks first-time players through the game, and, though increasingly challenging, each aspect of play is consistent and easy to follow.

Violence & Scariness

No violence is shown or explicitly mentioned in the game, but the whole circle of life is evident. Parents may need to be prepared to explain to kids that some animals eat other animals to survive. The wolf and falcon both need plenty of smaller animals available for their survival.

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The game ties in to the popular PBS Kids television program Wild Kratts.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wild Kratts Creature Math puts kids' math skills to the test while teaching them about ecosystems as they care for animals and their habitats. That includes making sure each animal has an adequate food supply -- nuts and berries for squirrels and raccoons, and, well, squirrels and raccoons for wolves. It is handled matter-of-factly with no drama.

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What's it about?

Kids build habitats for animals in and around a lake while keeping the ecosystem balanced. But, before they can build a new habitat, they have to correctly answer an addition or subtraction problem. The Kratt brothers help kids through the environment and the math problems, using manipulatives to demonstrate the math. As kids add other animals and their habitats, they have to watch the smiley-face indicators over each animal to keep each well fed and the ecosystem well balanced. Kids earn creature power discs and banners throughout the game.

Is it any good?

Creating these creature habitats is addictive fun. Gameplay continues for quite a while, with kids needing at least three of each animal to earn the creature power disc. Up to four in-progress games can be saved. The math difficulty adjusts based on performance, so kids stay appropriately challenged. Just as with the Wild Kratts television program, kids learn about each animal and its habitat as they explore and play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Since playing the full game is meant to take some time, set clear guidelines with kids on how long they may play at one time.
  • Talk to kids about the connections in our environment and how animals or plants or pieces of litter that are not a part of the natural ecosystem could negatively affect it.

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