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Preschool & Kindergarten Math Learning Game is a simple tool to help children practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using either a multiple choice or input answers format. The game awards a star rating after completion of each level, and levels become more complex and challenging as the previous one is mastered.
- Four operations
- Ten levels
- Mixed review option
- Turn music and sound effects on or off
- Simple, intuitive game play
Preschool & Kindergarten Math Learning Game is a quality app that works as advertised. The app is simple to use and offers a few options to control the game play. There are no tutorials or information areas for parents, but none seem to be needed. It is easy to move between modes and levels, and progress through the game is stored for one player.
This app is not particularly appropriate for the targeted age group. Most kindergarteners and nearly all preschoolers should be concentrating on more foundational skills than the kinds of computation offered by this app, and older students who are mastering basic computation will be quite put off by the app’s title. The developers also chose a font that is somewhat difficult to read, especially for young children. The numbers are very fat and rounded, and children who are struggling with recognition may have a great deal of difficulty perceiving them correctly. In addition, even the simplest math problems are presented with at least two digits for the numbers. So a problem such as 2 + 2 is presented as 02 + 02. The answer choices for the multiple select activity are presented as four digit numbers (thousands) with placeholder zeros, such as 0004, 0235 and 9435 for the 2 + 2 problem. This would be very confusing to young children who have not yet begun to learn about place value.
This app is pretty plain in the entertainment department, as well. Optional background music plays (though why the opening song is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, which is a bit puzzling), and small beeps and other sound effects are provided for various interactions. Accurate performance on the group of ten problems awards 4 stars for the level, and lesser scores are awarded fewer stars. Poor performance causes the level to be repeated. All in all, it’s difficult to see where the developers get their claim that “once they started playing they will certainly refuse to give you the iOS device.”
This app is free on the App Store, but it does have lots of outside advertisements, including both margin ads that run constantly, and pop-up ads between levels. In spite of the developers’ claim in the description that there are no in-app purchases, there is an unprotected option to turn off the advertisements for ninety-nine cents.
This app is not particularly child-friendly. In addition to the inappropriate leveling of content for preschool and kindergarten, the app contains many outside advertisements that link to the internet, and an in-app purchase that links straight to the App Store.
- NO social media
- YES outside advertisements
- YES unprotected in-app purchase to remove ads
- YES unprotected links to the internet