How I Use It
This app has 5 main options that include tracing numerals, and various counting and numeracy skills. All activities have options that start out simple and get harder when the adult adjusts the settings. I suggest adjusting settings so that the "Building Game" is not always available which is the default. The adult can adjust settings so that children only see the game option as a reward for completing a certain number of practice sets. The adult can also adjust the game portion of the app to be on a time limit so that children have to go back to practice sets after a set amount of free play time. I also appreciated the fact that there are a variety of profiles that can be set up so children with different needs could be set up as different users. This app does not do any record keeping, and it is pretty easy for children to leave one activity and go to a different activity if they choose, so if you're trying to get specific practice experiences for children, it will require adult supervision. I would use this app with preschool children and children in primary grades who are not yet fluent with numeracy skills and/or numeral writing.
Overall, I think this is a great app to have on a toddler's iPad for allowing him/her to freely explore. To say it would be appropriate for a school to purchase for student iPads might be a stretch too far. The teacher would need to adjust settings to meet needs of individual students and keeping them adjusted might be asking a bit too much. Having a single iPad in a center with settings made for reinforcing skills might be a good option, though. I did like the option of changing the graphics for the counting activities...wooden blocks are the initial graphic, but the user can change the counters to be flowers, cars, jewels, balls or cupcakes. The free play "Building Game" would also be attractive to children as a reward, but it seemed a little poorly designed that the children could get to the settings menu from inside each activity without having to enter a passcode or solve a problem. So if the parent or teacher tried to adjust the game settings to only come on after a set number of quizzes and to only last a portion of the time, the child could change the settings back fairly easily. One other weakness to point out is that the audio support for this app is only available in English (American, British or Australian).