Common Sense Review
Updated August 2013

Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD

Cute mini-games introduce math to young learners
Common Sense Rating 4
  • Explore Umi City.
  • Place the numbers in the correct order.
  • Add and subtract balloons.
  • Match numbers using math skills.
Pros
Appropriate leveling, virtual rewards, and enthusiastic feedback boost learning.
Cons
Kids with a solid math foundation may outgrow this quickly.
Bottom Line
Preschoolers learn math foundations in a tactile way while playing cute games and earning rewards.
Christy Matte
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

What's not to like about the Team Umizoomi characters? Between them and the "prizes" kids win when they complete levels, younger kids will return to play this one over and over.

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

Kids will explore age-appropriate number concepts through a series of colorful games. The counting, addition, subtraction, and number line games closely align to the subject matter.

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 directions are clear and kids get hints if they're struggling. The app would benefit from a parent or teacher area with data, but kids can demonstrate success by the number of rewards they win in each area.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Give this to kids for independent practice during class or send it home for those who need a stronger foundation in numbers and counting. Pair it with other number-line and early-operations activities.

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What's It Like?

Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD is a math game aimed at toddlers and preschoolers that has five mini-games: Toy Store Counting, Number Bubbles (number recognition), Rolling Toy Parade (number sequencing), Race Around Umi City (number comparisons), and Up! Up! And Balloons (addition/subtraction). Kids must unlock the last four games by completing at least one round of the game before it. When a round of a game is complete, kids earn a reward. After eight rewards in one game, they can earn a trophy. Earning trophies on all five games unlocks the "Key to the City." The city itself also has objects to interact with. The Number Bubbles game has characters chewing bubble gum and blowing bubbles.

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Is It Good For Learning?

The games are cute and directed at young learners. Older kids may enjoy the games, but they won't have as much sticking power. Most of the activities promote tactile learning experiences to the extent possible on a touchscreen. For example, kids move the toys to place them in correct order or pop a balloon to "subtract" it from a group of balloons. Mini-games increase in difficulty as kids play. The app has four user profiles so that multiple kids can maintain their own rewards and levels.

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