Review of Math is Fun 4/5

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Math is Fun for Ages 4 & 5 has a lot going for it.  After trying the “free” version, I upgraded to the full version to use it with the kids. There are a variety of games to choose from, and all of them require just a bit more skill than number identification. It required more complex thinking.

It was also easy for my young students to navigate.  They quickly learned to use the “house” button to go back to the main screen if they wanted to change games. It did not however, offer any verbal instructions.  This meant I had to sit with each student to explain how each game worked.  It was a little time consuming, but do-able because the games were not complicated, and only needed to be explained once.

While there are no overt, obnoxious ads, there is a small bar at the bottom of the home screen (see above) that offers links to the developer’s other apps.  As a teacher, I liked being able to find other apps by this developer, but I know this will be distracting for some of my students.

There was not much redirection when children made mistakes.  Objects will “bounce” back when they are incorrect but I watched one child try to drag the same object to the same wrong square at least 10 times, and then become frustrated.

I do think we will continue to use this app in our learning centers.  It is one of the better apps we’ve found for this age group.

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