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Skills:Subtraction, Addition, Division, Multiplication

What we like best:

Games are open-ended—kids can “work” and practice on a farm plot (game level) until they are ready to move up.

What you should know:

There’s only one crop—corn; adding an assortment of things to grow would improve the experience.
Full Review:

How does your garden grow? In this fast-paced game, kids must quickly solve rapid-fire math problems to earn water for their plants and harvest the crops before they wither away.

There’s a real sense of urgency with this app, and little gardeners need to be able to simultaneously figure out equation solutions and pick the ripe plants to achieve success. Speedy students can earn lots of corn along with farm “badges” as rewards. Math Farm successfully combines addictive virtual farm life with arithmetic to motivate even the most reluctant mathematicians. The desire to keep their gardens flourishing encourages little learners to tackle addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems. Three levels of difficulty—easy, medium and hard—allow the product to grow with children’s skill sets, and customizing the math skills and levels to work at allows players to target problem areas.

While Math Garden is a very engaging practice tool, gameplay can feel a bit repetitive after awhile. There’s only one crop—corn—and once the corn is harvested it’s gone and the fields are bare. More variety, different types of crops and the ability to design a more personalized farm environment would make this already fun math app a must-have for any interactive library.

Reviewed 2013-03-19 on iPad mini iOS 6.0.1 by Roberta Munoz

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