What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Team Umizoomi is a friendly, gentle adventure game based on a Nickelodeon preschool show of the same name. The heroes -- a boy, girl, and robot -- zip around in a rocket, helping out people and animals in need. Early math concepts are always at the heart of every solution the team comes up with.
What's it about?
Team Umizoomi, based on the Nickelodeon show of the same name, features a group of pint-sized heroes (a boy, a girl, and a robot) who go on adventures and solve problems by using their expertise in math. In the game, the main goal of their mission is to recover lost parts of their rocket and rebuild it, but along the way, they'll run into other problems, such as a leaky aquarium tank and homeless sea horses. Activities include puzzle building, navigating courses, ordering numbers, matching colors, and more.
Is it any good?
Team Umizoomi has lots to offer preschool DS players, with cute characters, engaging scenarios, and easy-to-learn mini-games that help to reinforce useful early math concepts. Not all the activities in the game are equally educational -- one in which you simply scribble on a character to make him swim doesn't seem to provide a solid lesson of any kind -- but all are on the right challenge level for players under the age of five.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the ways in which we use math every day. What kind of math lessons are learned in the different parts of the game? How can we translate those lessons into our daily life?
Does playing a math game like this one make the learning more fun?