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Though the game mechanics are friendly even for young kids, instructions are written and include few graphics, so teachers may need to help kids understand the objective of each game.
When players get an incorrect answer, alien Ug-ug says "Ow!" and kids get another chance to answer correctly. They're rewarded with stickers for completing a game, but, sadly, the app usually crashes before they can choose the stickers. There's no scorekeeping or data tracking.Continue reading Show less
In BugMath, alien Ug-ug has crashed his spaceship onto a planet full of bugs. Preschoolers count, zap, and match bugs, order them by size, and practice addition and subtraction. The game is based on the Singapore Math method, which relies on pictures to teach math at early levels. The bugs let kids see the numbers, and they disappear when counted. Kids are rewarded with stickers after completing each section.
In "Bug Attack," kids must zap bugs before they reach the ground; as they zap, bugs are counted in order, up to 100. In the "Counting Game," kids count bugs -- numbered from 11 to 20 -- seeing both the numeral and the written word. In "Big & Small," kids drag bugs into number order. "Minus Bugs" lets kids practice addition and subtraction, and "Matching" is, of course, a fun bug-matching game.
The focus on numbers 11 to 20 is excellent since most preschoolers will have mastered 1 to 10, and having them attempt 1 to 100 challenges them gently and reasonably. The five games present counting and math skills in a variety of pictorial methods that will engage kids and help them grasp numbers.
The "Bug Attack" game may be a bit challenging for kids' fine motor skills, and even impossible for a younger kid to complete. Also, "Minus Bugs" crashes frequently. Still, despite these issues, the colorful bugs will appeal to kids, and the math concepts are sound.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).
Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.2
Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings2, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
Fluently add and subtract within 5.