Ability to design your own Math Fact drills that target your child’s current learning goals. Interactive student tools that help them to visualize the math equations.
What we’d love to see…
Math Facts including ‘0’. Color and redo buttons directly accessible in the Students’ section.
A Math Facts practice app that is fully adaptable to the needs of students of different abilities at different stages of Math Facts learning.
A mastery of Math Facts enable our kids to solve complex Math problems easily and quickly. More importantly, a fast recall of Math Facts give them the tools for handling daily life skills like telling time and counting money. If you are looking for an app for learning and memorizing Math Facts, you need to check out Math Facts To 100 by FuzzyBees.
This app teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication and division Math Facts. It is fully customizable to match what your child is working on and it is equipped with supportive learning tools that teaches your child how to solve math problems independently. These help facilitate understanding and reduce frustrations when completing math drills that are necessary in achieving Math Facts fluency.
Read on for the app’s various powerful features.
Fully Customizable Settings
The strength of this app is the flexible settings which allow you to design your own Math Facts drills. You can break down the steps to mastering Math Facts into manageable levels based on your child’s learning needs/goals and set up the app accordingly. Not only can you choose which Math Facts to learn and set how many equations to solve at each session, you can also tailor the types of equations to be solved and the kind of support to offer to your child.
Additional customizable details that further adapt the app to what your chid is familiar with are grouped under the Display section of the Settings page. These include skip counting by the multiplier or multiplicand, vertical or horizontal equation format, and the phone or calculator number pad layout. You also have the option to mute the sounds for various actions e.g. incorrect answers given.
There is no timer here but the time taken for completion of each session is recorded. A maximum of 4 different settings for different learning goals or different child can be prepared and saved at any one time.
Visual Learning Tools
The app is equipped with 3 types of interactive student tools that you can use to demonstrate to your child how to solve a math problem. Different child learns differently and presenting them with different approaches to solving the same problem allows you to discover the one that helps your child understand the concept best. This also encourages your child to seek out a different method of solving a problem when one strategy does not work.
The 3 learning tools provided in the app are the Hundred Board, Multiplication Board and a White Board. Students are free to choose the visual tool or combination of tools that they want to work with for each question. A color tool (consisting of 9 colors) is available for highlighting key numbers during the problem solving process.
The 100 Board is equipped with visual help (which you can opt out in the Settings) that highlight the steps to solving Math problems more effectively. For example, instead of counting up or down for addition and subtraction equations, students learn to get the same answer more quickly by adding or subtracting in tens (vertically) and in ones (horizontally).
If they tap and hold on any number on the board, they can also see what it means to add and subtract a quantity from this number.
For multiplication, the 100 Board will show students how to use skip counting to arrive at the answers. The visual help show the sequence of multiples (times tables) which students have to memorize.
The Multiplication Board (x2 to x10), on the other hand, helps students to multiply and divide easily within 100. Just tap the factors along the left most column and the top most row and the intersected number will give the answer.
The third tool, the White Board acts as a free space for students to do their math working. This is my youngest’s favorite as he is more comfortable with using counters which he draws on the board using the color tool. For him, the act of sharing a large number of counters equally helps him to better understand the concept of division.
Creating Math Drills
Before starting to use the app, you will need to find the Settings section that is hidden from the Students’ section. Pull down the equation box to reveal the Settings, color tool and redo buttons. The Teaching Tips and Reports sections are also accessible from the Settings section. You can learn about the various app features and how to use them in the Teaching Tips.
In the default setting, the app generates 50 random basic Math Fact equations of mixed operations in one session. Besides solving for answers to the equations, problems asking for the 1st or 2nd operand are also included (e.g. ? x 12 = 36). This is a great Math Facts workout for advanced students to improve their mental math. To modify the types of problems in this ‘Generate’ mode, you can adjust the parameters like the maximum values of the operands and results as well as the math operators tested.
To prepare drills focused on specific group(s) of Math Facts in the ‘List’ mode, you load the in-app basic facts and choose/add the one(s) to work on. Single or mixed operators, sequential or random equations, one or many problems, the choice is yours. If your child has math facts homework from school, you can even input these equations into the app. This way, your child can make use of the app’s visual tools to help him/her complete the homework.
At a glance, the reports show you the date and time, percentage of correct answers, number of equations attempted, time taken and whether visual help was used for each completed session. Tap on each session and you will see the list of equations that were answered incorrectly on the first try, so that you can have your child work on them again.
Math Facts to 100 is a dynamic app for learning the basic Math Facts visually and progressively. It is designed to meet the needs of children of different abilities and students at different stages of Math Facts fluency through instructional scaffolding. Highly recommended.
*** From the developer of the award winning Count To 100 ***
Math Facts To 100 is an app that generates math facts equations and provides visualization for the equations using the hundred board.
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On December 7, Toca Boca launched its newest app Toca Life: Pets, the first Toca Boca app all about pets! With more than 120 real-life and make-believe animals, kids can play with their pets IRL and virtually, creating their own worlds and embarking on silly adventures with furry friends.
In Toca Life: Pets, kids are in control of which pets they want to play with and how their pet’s story evolves. Are they bringing their pet along on a family picnic or take their pet to the vet? Maybe their pet is going to a birthday party to celebrate with friends! Kids will train, feed, bathe and entertain their pets while learning what it takes to own a real pet and letting discovery guide their play. Yes, they even have to clean up after their pets, which often takes form as a rainbow colored poop! Kids will explore the five bustling locations, including the pet park, pet hotel, veterinary and more. At the pet hotel, every pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, bird or sloth-bat, will find a nice spot to play or relax while their owners are away. There are secret features to be discovered in the pet park as kids create their own play scenario with their favorite creatures.
Additional features of Toca Life: Pets include:
Kids can role-play in five locations: pet park, pet hotel, veterinary, pet shop and breeder’s bungalow
23 new characters for kids to meet
Kids can bathe muddy pets and get them clean again, or pretend to be a vet and care for sick or injured pets
The pets can be dressed up in fun hats — hats stack on pets stack on hats
By building an agility course kids can help train and exercise their pets
It even includes surprises for kids to discover — they can pull the branch in the pet park to see what’s hidden
For the first time, Toca Boca tapped fans to help co-create new characters in Toca Life: Pets. The brand received over 1,000 suggestions based on kids’ real and imaginary pets, and from those ideas Toca Boca produced 3 replicas in the new app. The pet rock and sloth bat featured in the app were inspired by drawing and photos from fans and transformed into real Toca Boca characters.
“Sometimes pets are cuddly, fun, weird or even scary. Regardless, they are often a big part of our lives,” said Petter Karlsson, Play Designer. “In Toca Life: Pets you pick which pets you want to play with in your life and decide their stories. As with all of the apps in the Toca Life series, Toca Life: Pets puts kids in the director’s seat to make up their own stories”
Toca Life: Pets features a kid-friendly interface without third-party advertising, free of rules, levels or high scores. Toca Life: Pets is $2.99 on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon . To download please use this link Toca Life: Pets – Toca Boca AB
Toca Life: Pets
by Toca Boca AB
Price: $3.99 USD
Welcome to Toca Life: Pets, where you and your animal friends run the show! What’s your favorite pet like? Furry and fast? Wet and wiggly? A little bit creepy? With more than 120 animals, Toca Life: .
fun interactive app featuring a girl as she dresses for a Halloween event, I really loved all the interactions on each page – and seeing what would happen if I tapped multiple times
What we’d love to see…
design your own treat bag, dress some of the other characters
This fun interactive Halloween themed app includes a girl and her inner voice as she gets ready in the mirror. Join her adventures in picking her dress, shoes, socks, and makeup while getting ready.
Who is the Ugliest of All by The Happy Dandelion is a universal Halloween themed app for iOS featuring an interactive mirror. The main character is a young girl who is trying to figure out what to wear to a Halloween trick or treat. This storybook app has the main character picking out a dress – which she admits is tight and stained is her attire of choice. She then puts on her stockings with a few repairs needed and mismatched socks of orange and teal as well as two different shoes – one grey and one brown. Then it’s off to makeup, nails and hair. Her hair has a raven nest with three small chicks and UV sunglasses to protect her eyes. Be sure to check out the other apps by The Happy Dandelion which include Queen Bee in Paris, The UnStealer.
This app features narration of the story – simply tap on the text to have it read aloud as well as a variety of interactive elements on each page. On the dress page there is a belt to tap, the dress which twinkles and disappears and then re-appears in the mirror. By tapping on the mismatched shoes – a new rip appears which is quickly fixed by a spider who you can later swing after she’s completed her repairs. Navigation is via hidden buttons at the top of each page – simply tap the left side to go back and the right side to go forward.
This app features the internal dialog of a girl getting dressed for Halloween. Join her as she finds her dress, puts on her mismatched socks and shoes while getting ready. My favorite part of the app was putting on her makeup because all of the colors made me laugh – green lipstick, blue blush and the magic marker eyebrows. The animations and illustrations in this app are great, I enjoyed tapping around (and tapping some things multiple times) to make sure I captured all of the various animations. Seeing the gloves with no tips against the green smile and animation was cute as you could interact with each element. The best though was the Raven’s nest in her hair – and the raven feeding her chicks with the worms! The app is for older kids and adults as some of the self talk especially when she refers to herself as ugliest can be a bit self depreciating until you get to the last page when you discover she’s dressed for Trick or Treat! On the last page you can unwrap a mummy, tap on Frankenstein, or make the magic stone glow. The app ends well when you discover that the girl was simply putting together a Halloween costume! I have to say that I have looked at this app multiple times – and it never fails to delight with the fun animations.
In terms of enhancements – it might be fun to dress some of the other characters on the last page or even to design her trick or treat bag,
This fun interactive Halloween themed app includes a girl and her inner voice as she gets ready in the mirror. Join her adventures in picking her dress, shoes, socks, and makeup while getting ready. The app is child-safe with no external links or in-app purchases.
Who is the Ugliest of All?
by Joshua Wilson
Price: $3.99 USD
Who is the Ugliest of All? is an interactive Halloween Story featuring a young girl's internal dialog. With her questionable fashion choices and increasingly odd imperfections she challenges our conventional.
fun app with no rules with a variety of travelling related mini games and no rules just fun!
What we’d love to see…
ability to toss the beach ball and personalize all the vehicles
Each of the mini games was fun – especially once you made it to the beach on your selected mode of transportation! Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Nampa Holiday by Nampa Design is a universal app for iOS and Android that features a variety of transportation to go on holiday or vacation. The app starts with the user selecting one of three modes of transportation, an airplane, a bus or train. Once you choose your mode of transportation – it’s time for the fun to start. With the airplane you start at the airport where you throttle up to take off – once in the sky watch out for the clouds! There can be rain, fun objects coming out of them like a parachute or even lightening bolts! Steering the airplane is done via a finger – and there is a slide that allows you to control how fast or slow you want to move through the air. Inside the airplane you can also tap on the characters as you whiz through the sky. If you choose the bus you are brought to a screen where you can choose to paint your bus or simply decorate it with flowers, stars or paint. Then you are ready to get on the road – you drive the bus using controls at the bottom of the screen and then make strategic stops to pick up your passengers and their luggage. As you go along you can stop and get fuel (my kids liked the heart fuel which came out of the tailpipe. With the train you get to choose which way the train goes via a series of junctions and even get to blast the train horn. My kids loved making the train go through the tunnels and seeing the countryside. The games are fun interactive and contain nothing scary for younger kids.
This app can be used to practice fine motor – dragging and dropping, language to describe what you are seeing in the scene. This is a fun app for toddlers and preschoolers and can help pass the time in the car to avoid the dreaded “are we there yet” – as I know many parents can identify with!
Once you reach your destination it’s time to disco! My kids loved the magical disco ball and then picking the adventure. Putting on sunscreen, hats and bathing suits was the first game once you got to the beach. Building sandcastles was one of my kids favorite parts especially the molded sand you pulled from buckets. They built their sandcastle creations – with the crab scuttling along in the background and then decorated them with flags, jewels, shells and stones. The next mini game involved floating and popping the beach balls. The banana ride was fun too where three characters sat on the banana and caught the jumps as they flew through the air. Once the reached the end it was disco time again. My kids also loved the tube maze where you grabbed a character and dropped them in the tubes to come down to the bottom of the maze. You had to watch because sometimes they got stuck or even went through the maze twice! We had fun with this one and I had my kids help me guess where the character might come out. We also tried the same character over and over to see if they were always going to go the same way – which they did not.
I liked the simplicity of the app – and that my younger son was engaged with it. He could pick his favorite vehicle and be off for fun! There is no speech or text for kids to read which means it’s fun with no rules!
In terms of enhancements, I’d love to see a “toss the beach ball” game instead of popping the beach ball. Although my kids enjoyed it – and creating the spinning characters it was a bit hard for them to complete the first few times. I’d also like to see the ability to personalize the train and the airplane like we did with the bus.
The app provided hours of entertainment for my kids — especially my toddler who would play for short moments while I needed to attend to other tasks. There are no ads or in app purchases contained within the app. Each of the mini games was fun – especially once you made it to the beach! I also love how it made my toddler remind me not to forget to sunscreen him!
by Nampa Design AB
Price: $2.99 USD
Here it is, the app that makes the travel distances feel shorter, rainy days sunnier and applying sun lotion one of the best parts of the vacation! And all this without ads or in-app purchases.
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