Park Math HD

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Addition, Subtraction, Patterns, Sorting & Categorizing, Comparing, Counting

What we like best:

Traditional equations are included right alongside the game, so kids can connect the game's fun presentation with math concepts.

What you should know:

The music may become grating after a while, but fortunately it's a simple one-touch process to mute it from the main screen.
Full Review:

Variety is the name of the game in this engaging yet educational app. With seven sections to choose from, kids will learn addition, subtraction, counting and categorizing, all based around a relatable park-themed premise.

The app is a mix of passive learning—children count as a rabbit swings—and active engagement as kids solve subtraction, complete patterns and sequencing. Each page has plenty for little fingers to explore, with interactive surprises to touch and try in every scene. Tap the tree to shake the apples loose, or touch the ducks to hear them quack. The app labels each character with a number once children move them into the equation, so kindergarteners will learn the concept that objects—and animals—can represent numbers or sections of an equation.

Bright colors, crisp graphics and scenes that are interesting but not too busy will keep kids hooked for hours. You can even increase the difficulty as they master the early levels—choose from level 1, 2 or 3 on the homepage to make the games more challenging. A great complement to core kindergarten curriculum, this app cleverly reinforces classroom concepts.

Teacher Features:
This app covers several kindergarten core standards concurrently while still delivering the fun.
Reviewed 2012-10-10 on iPad iOS6 by Tia Benjamin

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Standards:Count to answer &ldquo how many?&rdquo questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line a rectangular array or a circle or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration given a number from 1&ndash 20 count out that many objects. Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than less than or equal to the number of objects in another group e.g. by using matching and counting strategies. Count to 100 by ones and by tens. Represent addition and subtraction with objects fingers mental images drawings1 sounds (e.g. claps) acting out situations verbal explanations expressions or equations. Solve addition and subtraction word problems and add and subtract within 10 e.g. by using objects or drawings to represent the problem. Fluently add and subtract within 5. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common to see which object has &ldquo more of&rdquo /&ldquo less of&rdquo the attribute and describe the difference. For example directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.