Juicy Math

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Subtraction, Addition, Number Sense

What we like best:

Great graphics and an easy-to-use touch and drag navigation are great for visual learners and kids who hate crunching numbers.

What you should know:

The app advertises itself as appropriate for children from ages 4-10 but it's most useful for the younger end of the spectrum.
Full Review:

Who's hungry for fruit salad? Apples, pears, berries, citrus and bananas on a simple wooden background give this simple practice app for budding mathematicians—in which fruit are added and subtracted—a kid-friendly sophistication.

Kids must study the groups of fruit and then add or subtract by sight or manual counting. Then, they drag a picture of the correct number into the answer box to solve problems. If the answer is correct, numbers move up to cover the groups of fruit. For example, a picture of 2 apples plus a picture of 3 lemons turns into an equation—2+3=5. This may seem like a throwaway, but it's actually a powerful reinforcement of abstract numbers and their visual representations. Free of penalties and time limits, this app's ideal for kids who struggle with numbers. Children can play as many games as they like, and the app keeps stats to track progress.

The graphics are clear and colorful without being overwhelming, but older kids may quickly tire of the lack of interesting interactive elements. Little scholars earn stars and while flipping between addition and subtraction, or a combination of the two. Because this is a paid app, it's refreshingly free of ads or pop-ups.

Teacher Features:
Check overall game progress on the statistics screen from the main menu to continually monitor student growth.
Reviewed 2012-10-03 on iPhone iOS5 by Roberta Munoz

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Standards:Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract. CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.B.5 Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value properties of operations and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.B.6 Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.