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Got a kid struggling to stay afloat with tricky math concepts? Dive into a host of supplementary practice—including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division—with this aquatic app. Tiny crabs and other ocean dwellers cheer on little learners as they work through various equations.
One big drawback—the crabs can get very crabby when kids get a wrong answer. Sensitive students might get upset when a cartoon crustacean is disappointed in their math equation misstep. The free version includes two practice chapters, while the somewhat pricey paid version boasts 16 chapters that cover everything from multiplication to number sense, place value and money concepts. Parents and teachers can customize quizzes to meet the individual needs of different kids, by choosing the number of questions each child tackles along with the level of difficulty. The "scratchpad" feature allows kids to pull up a scribble-ready surface to work out solutions—a perfect complement to the already-stellar educational value here. The work on the pad can be saved to show the teacher, but not emailed.
Unfortunately, the only gameplay offered is sub-par; kids are prompted to take breaks by playing with their aquarium, and while that’s successful at holding the interest of younger kids, third graders may tire quickly of the simple interactivity.
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"Improve mental math skills with competitive, no-frills math drills!"
"This fun, competitive app helps kids master basic mental math skills."
"This app falls short due to simple math and frustrating gameplay."