Common Sense Review
Updated February 2013

Bugs and Numbers

Critter app that covers wide array of fundamentals has terrific value
Common Sense Rating 4
  • Kids can see how addition and subtraction work as they count the bugs to answer the given problems.
  • In the time-telling game, kids adjust the analog clock to match the time on the digital clock.
  • Kids learn to measure items using standard measurement devices.
  • The preschool-level games focus on counting and identifying numerals as well as matching.
  • The bugs join each game, sometimes acting as a manipulative for counting, and other times just for fun.
Beautiful graphics and a variety of skills covered.
Although kids get a bug when they master a skill, you can't track their progress.
Bottom Line
From matching and measurements to telling time and fractions, Bugs and Numbers covers more math skills than most apps.
Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

The graphics are wonderful, and the bugs make it fun to play original and engaging games.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

With impressive variety, each skill gets explored, and math fundamentals are taught very effectively.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

The intuitive interface is easy for even preschoolers to navigate. More data reporting of how kids perform on each skill would be nice.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers can assign different games to different kids, depending on the skills each needs to practice, thus reaching a broad range of learners. You can set up separate accounts for multiple kids by going to Settings and finding Bugs and Numbers. Each kid's account will track which games they've mastered, but teachers won't be able to see which areas they may have struggled with.

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What's It Like?

Bugs and Numbers makes a bug's life for kids, as they explore math concepts such as matching, counting, sorting, sequencing, addition, subtraction, fractions, money, measurements, and telling time from the perspective of some realistic-looking critters. In three sections of six games each, bugs explore places like a diner, a junkyard, or a circus, and encounter skills in fitting backdrops. For fractions, ants deliver boxes of pizza to a picnic, and kids choose which fraction is represented in each box. Kids learn to count money in an arcade by dropping the correct amount into the machines. They earn bugs by completing each game and can zoom in to watch their bugs in action.

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Is It Good For Learning?

The variety of skills covered here is unusual for math apps -- kids can practice their numbers, count money, tell time, and develop an understanding of fractions all in one place. The graphics are incredibly realistic (beautiful, actually, if you agree that bugs are beautiful). And visual learning rules the day: for example, three bugs are on-screen when preschoolers are learning the numeral 3.

Incorrect answers are met with an, "Oops!" That answer disappears, and kids can answer again and again, with subsequent incorrect answers continuing to disappear, increasing their chances of finding the right one. Missed questions don't count toward the mastery goal, and, unfortunately, kids don't get an explanation or demonstration of correct answers.

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