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Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD
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.
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.
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.
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.