Math Bingo

Cute bug bingo draws kids in but offers little depth

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Based on 8 reviews

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Expert evaluation by Common Sense

Grades

K–6

Subjects & Skills

Critical Thinking, Math

Price: Paid
Platforms: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Pros: Kids will go gaga for the quirky design and get to make lots of choices in fun, organized levels.

Cons: The endless bonus challenge "Bug Bungee" could entice kids away from math games.

Bottom Line: While lacking constructive feedback, it's still a useful tool for practicing math operations.

Math Bingo wraps addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division practice into a bundle of germy bug fun. Kids choose a username and silly avatar, then individual operators or all four at once, and then easy, medium, or hard difficulty level. Kids try to earn the fastest times among five local users displayed on a device-level scoreboard. High scores are rewarded with bingo bugs that can be slingshotted at a matrix of gold coins in a separate game with separate score. The easiest level features single digits; the hardest includes three-digit sums and products. All operations are single-step.

Kids solve simple expressions by tapping the correct answer on a 5x5 bingo card. As with any bingo game, the goal is to get five in a row –- horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.

Incorrect answers trigger a quiz show-like buzzer with the correct answer displayed at the bottom, eliminating the opportunity to try again. Incorrect answers are multiplied by two and added to the time score (so lower is better).

Be warned: You can't turn off the annoying music.

The "bugs" are disgustingly adorable, and colors are bold and bright, but the slingshot game is a bit of a distraction and only mildly fun. Choices empower kids so they’re less likely to get frustrated. Math Bingo doesn't offer any constructive feedback or instruction, so it won't help kids deepen their understanding of math concepts, but it's a useful tool for practicing math operations.

Learning Rating

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Engagement

The "bugs" are disgustingly adorable, colors are bold and bright, and the slingshot game is a bit of a distraction and only mildly fun.

Pedagogy

Semi-delayed rewards and integrated device-level scoreboard breaks down high scores for each operator and level.

Support

How to Play covers everything a kid needs to know. Navigation is quick and clear (however, exiting a game feels like exiting the app, although you won't).

Common Sense reviewer

Community Rating

Great app for rote math skills

I install this on all of my devices that my kids work on. I find it highly motivational for any level of child. There are ability levels so the children don't get easily frustrated. It doesn't move too fast for them. The app keeps them occupied and learning their math facts. It is reasonably priced.

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Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users.
  • Unclear whether users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • Unclear whether profile information must be shared for social interactions.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Unclear whether users can create or upload content.
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