i Learn With Boing: Numbers, Addition and Subtraction - Savannah Adventure is the an addition to the Planet Boing learning series by Tribal Nova. This app is a top pick if you are looking for an outstanding way to work with your young child on numbers. Like all of the other apps in the series, this app has incredible graphics, super-engaging game play, and mini-games that teach essential skills.
The i Learn series is a group of apps that are woven together at a central point called Planet Boing. Here kids can play with rewards they earn through game play in the individual apps, and parents can monitor their children's progress in each of the apps. Numbers, Addition and Subtraction is no different. This app focuses on math and basic number skills. Each of the three mini games is incredibly well done, requiring kids to actually use counting and math skills, instead of just repeating or simply identifying numbers.
This app has three mini games. The first is Meerkats, with a focus on counting. Students have to count the number of ingredients on a platter, then hit the correct number on bouncing meerkats in whack-a-mole fashion. Hit the wrong number, and the meerkat eats the number. The second game focuses on calculating with Ostriches. The player must load the correct number of ostriches onto a truck with a given number. Each truck already has a few ostriches on board, so the player must count and add to that number to get the total. Close the doors and off you drive, unless you have the wrong number, then the doors open and you try again. But don't try to pull the ostriches with their heads in the sand, they aren't going anywhere! The last mini game is all about numerical order with Frogs. Help the frog by jumping from lily pad to lily pad in sequential order. You are given the first two numbers and must count on to get to the other dock. Don't sit too long, or your lily pad will sink! Be successful at each game, and earn prizes to play with in Planet Boing.
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What isn't to like about this app? To begin with, the graphics and game play are simply incredible. Each of the games is really engaging and perfect for students ages 3-6. I really, really loved that this wasn't just simple repetition of numbers. Kids actually have to use math skills to get the answers. I love the rigor and depth of knowledge that this app is giving kids at such an early age. And doing it in a way that completely enthrals kids. The attention to detail is great, too. I love that the ostriches don't move if their heads are in the sand and that the lily pads gradually sink as time passes. Little things like this make this app a top pick.
Additionally, this app ties beautifully into the Planet Boing central app (which is free). Kids earn rewards like fun body parts and colors to customize their own Boing. Parents can access their children's unique learning trees here as well. Monitor the progress of each independent skill in each of the apps in the series. Tailor your child's learning based on the level of progress in each game. The apps are tied together beautifully and you can access each app you own in the series through Planet Boing. It's another nice feature that kids do the learning in one app, and play with the rewards in another. I like the separation of work and play.
Overall, Numbers, Addition and Subtraction is a TOP PICK if you want to increase your child's understanding and application of numbers and counting. The app has incredibly engaging mini games and is sure to be a huge hit in any home. Using and practicing number skills with this app will be easy and entertaining. Increase your child's understanding of numbers by adding this app to your i Learn collection soon.
Numbers, Addition and Subtraction is available for downlaod via the iTunes App Store
RRP - Free to try with IAP
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education.
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Disclosure: This review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.