Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars App Developer: Nickelodeon
Presented by Nickelodeon, This iPad application is a game and learning experience in one. The iPad app is an adventure through Umi City with Milli, Geo and Bot, and the aim is to get the key to the city. There are five games, each teaching different maths skills. The child is required to play the games in a specific order, ensuring that the game is unlocked and played only when the child has achieved the skills to be able to cope with it. One of the best iPad apps in education we have reviewed.
In order to get the key to the city, the child must play each of the five games eight times - each time a game is completed, the child can choose a reward. Only when the child has collected forty rewards, can the key to the city be obtained. Every time the child plays a specific game, it is slightly more challenging, and a little different.
The features of this iPad application include five games, each teaching different mathematics skills: Toy Store Counting - a counting game Number Bubbles - a number recognition game Rolling Toy Parade - a number sequencing game Race Around Umi City - a number comparison game Up Up And Balloon - an addition and subtraction game
The brilliant graphics, and verbal instructions from the characters, together with little surprises along the way make this iPad application appealing to children. In addition, they are provided with the opportunity to collect rewards, and ultimately achieve the key to the city. Kids can play on, or take a break every so often to explore the exciting Umi City. Player profiles allow different children to play and save their own progress.
The iPad application teaches concepts such as: counting; number recognition; sequencing; comparing numbers; associating symbols with quantities; addition; subtraction; and many more. It has been curriculum developed and reviewed by a preschool education expert, and has also been tested on kids.
For parents its a learning experience - for kids its a game. This iPad app is targeted at preschoolers but can be used for older children too, in order to provide re-enforcement. In the words of a teacher who has used the iPad application: “This app is incredible! Its fun and exciting for children to use, and teaches them not only vital mathematics skills; but also incidentally teaches them other general skills such as: fine motor co-ordination, working systematically, and setting and achieving goals. It is important not to forget the value of play”. So play on.......