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Kids get to work—and earn virtual cash to shop ‘til they drop—in this cute math app. To begin, budding consumers get job assignments, complete with a desk and computer to crunch numbers.
Solving the simple addition and subtraction problems that pop up earns little learners a salary, while their “supervisor” at work provides positive reinforcement and encouragement with each equation. Once kids accumulate enough virtual money, it's time to spend it shopping! Children can browse items in a catalog and add things to a cart, just like real-world online shopping. Items such a furniture and pets can be purchased to fill out and decorate an interactive dream house. Full of engaging game play integrated with math problems, this product is definitely designed to appeal to girls and spark an interest (or at least an understanding) of practical math concepts. However, the target audience and content difficulty don’t quite sync up. The shopping and decorating sections are actually much more complex than the math problems, thanks to the money manipulation.
This game is geared toward older elementary students and tweens, making the math problems presented—mostly simple addition and subtraction—seem out of place. Still, this app is an engaging pick for younger, remedial or reluctant math students.
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