Kids Learn Math: A+ Edition
By Mark Raby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Carnival-themed game makes practicing math fun.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn basic math skills such as addition and subtraction, as well as number recognition and even word problems. Specifically designed with the goal of helping kids learn math, Kids Learn Math: A+ Edition is a series of mini-games and activities set in a carnival setting. While the games make doing math more fun, they vary widely in difficulty level. With no way to adjust difficulty, expect a wide range of challenges in these math games.
This game's message is that math is fun. The mini-games are presented in a carnival setting, showing the math questions in the form of various carnival games. The game rewards players for answering questions correctly and gently points them in the right direction if they are having trouble.
Positive Role Models
While there is not much interaction with characters in this game, there is constant dialogue and text that encourages players to progress through the game and solve the various math puzzles.
Ease of Play
For this game's intended audience of players in grades 1 to 4, the difficulty of mini-games varies. Some test basic skills such as finding a number between two other numbers, while others require players to solve challenging word problems and riddles. Even if players have difficulty, the game coaxes them along until they are able to find the correct answers. Other puzzles include basic addition and subtraction and placing the hands of a clock to match a specified time.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kids Learn Math: A+ Edition is an educational game that provides players with various math questions and puzzles. These challenges are presented in a carnival setting, turning activities like solving addition problems, telling time, and figuring out math riddles into carnival games. The game is intended for players in grades 1 to 4. It is designed to reinforce the lessons children are learning at school, and does not fully go through the process of teaching players the skills that are required.
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What’s It About?
Kids Learn Math: A+ Edition lets players in grades 1-4 test the math skills they've learned so far. There are various mini-games and exercises that ask players to tell time, solve word problems, answer basic addition and subtraction questions, and identify numbers on the screen. There are more than a dozen mini-games in total, with each one helping players to refine the math skills they've already learned in school.
Is It Any Good?
Kids Learn Math: A+ Edition allows players to test their basic math skills in a fun and unique way. This game's carnival theme makes addition, subtraction, number recognition, and other math lessons a bit less intimidating. Even the most math-phobic players will be able to find enjoyment in some of the mini-games here. However, there is a large disparity in the difficulty level between different exercises.
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Talking Stick Games
- Release date: October 4, 2011
- Genre: Educational
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptors
- Last updated: August 29, 2016
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