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Fill your fish tank by being financially savvy—that's the idea behind Freefall Money. Kids count coins, do simple addition and put money in the piggy bank to populate their virtual aquariums.
The coin math questions start simple and get more complex as budding mathematicians answer problems correctly. The modern interface, sporting a mixed-media artistic quality, is easy to use and includes a “scratch pad” and eraser for little learners to use until they get the right answer. The absence of a time limit and negative feedback allows kids to move through the app at their own pace, and encourages children to keep trying.
Grounded in real-world concepts of pet responsibility and money, this app gives little ones a taste of virtual independence. One of the best, and most subtle, features of this learning game is that the fish tank needs constant care. If finned friends are left in the tank for too long, the water turns murky and fills with algae. Kids will be highly motivated to log on to this app all the time to take care of their new underwater pets—and practice budding math skills at the same time.
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