Use Kids Numbers and Math to supplement basic math lessons. There are a lot of skills to practice on this app, but it doesn't go into depth on any of them, or progress much in difficulty. As a result, its usefulness in the classroom is limited to simple, fun practice. Teachers may want to recommend this app to parents as a good one to install on their Android-based phone or Kindle Fire for kids to practice math at home or during free time in the car.Continue reading Show less
Kids Numbers and Math is a basic math practice app that requires kids to solve problems using both visual clues and numbers with multiple gameplay options. Eight main games help kids learn fundamental math skills such as counting, matching, number recognition, addition, and subtraction.
One game displays addition and subtraction problems both numerically as well as in pictures, which allows young kids who are still learning numbers to solve the problems by counting the images and practice number recognition. For example, after kids watch nine colorful apples line up, they hear a chomping sound and one appears bitten to the core. The subtraction problem "9 - 1 =" appears over the line of apples. The narrator says: "Find the solution."
A matching game asks kids to remember the numbers hidden under clouds; if they get a match, lightning strikes and those clouds disappear. As a bonus, kids can also learn to count in five different languages with this app. One more difficult game only includes numeric digits and requires kids to know addition and subtraction signs and solve simple two-step problems (such as 3-2+3=).
These focused games provide a good amount of challenge and encouragement to support kids as they solve problems. The settings options allow teachers to customize activities to match kids' learning needs (including turning off the somewhat distracting "shake" feature). Kids have a lot of choices when it comes to which activities they want to try and come back to, and how long they'd like to stay on each one. More data on players' progress during gameplay (number of problems solved and answered correctly) would boost learning and provide kids with immediate feedback. There is a “Parent Center” that can be used to view students' progress and time played. To use that, teachers must sign up for that via email and create user accounts for individual students.
Kids Numbers and Math has bright colors, familiar images, and a pleasant narrated voice, all of which make this app very appealing for pre-K and kindergarten students. Overall, this is focused, fun math practice to help kids master basic math skills in low-stress ways.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects.
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
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.
Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
Fluently add and subtract within 5.