Doodle Critter Math: Numbers by NCSOFT is an educational math app geared toward preschoolers. It covers six different skills starting with basic number recognition, tracing numbers, matching pairs, ordering items, one more or less, and together or take away. These skill games each have the option of playing a tutorial first or moving right to the activities.
Children are greeted by a rolling dinosaur egg and an easy menu where they can tap on one of the six activities, or the puzzle game. For each activity completed, players earn a puzzle piece that can be used in the puzzle game. This motivational tool is the reward for correct answers. Each game has 10 questions that must be answered before they earn the prize. Tapping on one of the six games cracks open the egg and a little dinosaur describes each game and give players the option to play the tutorial or to start the activity.
In Read Numbers, children tap on the doodle numbers 1-10 and see a visual representation and interaction for each number. In Write Numbers, players trace the numbers by following and popping colorful bubbles to paint each digit. Match the Pairs is a great game where children match digits to quantities, cards, even bulldozers. They also play a quick game of ring toss to practice counting. In Put Things in Order, users must place refrigerator magnets in the right order. From large to small, long to short, or even numerical order. One More or Less has children tell what number is one more or one less using visual images and beginning to teach addition and subtraction skills. Lastly, Together or Take Away asks players to put monsters on or take them off a bus to reinforce basic math operations learning.
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This is a great educational tool for preschool and early learning classrooms. The variety of activities spans the knowledge necessary for children to obtain before starting kindergarten. It moves from the most basic number identification and printing to beginning math calculations and basic operations.
Our favorite activity was the Matching Pairs game. It had a great ring toss sorting activity where children sort by color and count at the same time. You also have to match numbers and images on cards, and also match bulldozers with amounts (my son loved that the bulldozers left tracks in the sand).
I really appreciated that the each level had a tutorial available at the start and throughout the game by tapping the question mark. I also loved the reward of earning a puzzle piece if they do well. There are six puzzles, each with 10 pieces. This increases the replay value of this app tremendously.
Overall, Doodle Critters Math: Numbers is a Top Pick as an early learning math app because of its excellent game play, variety of math skills covered, and replay-ability. Preschoolers will love the cute little dinosaurs and parents and teachers will love the level of instruction delivered by this app.
Doodle Critters Math: Numbers is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
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Note to Parents: The developer's website and Facebook page are accessible through the settings menu. The menu is locked with a math problem.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. Her own preschooler loved this app and had fun exploring math with this app. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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