Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: Numbers and Counting Match Games for Kids with Skills




Purpose of App: Numbers and Counting Match Games for Kids with Skills reinforces basic number and color recognition through memory game activities.

Strengths: Offers ability to see all cards and work on matching concept or to have cards flipped upside down like a memory game. In memory game section, the user can peak at all the cards. Does not recognize wrong responses. No overly distracting backgrounds.

Weaknesses: There is no help if a child gets stuck. There is no way to customize how many cards are displayed or what data sets are included. When matching numbers of items or colors it says name of the object, never the color or number of items.

Suggested Audience: Children working at a preschool level looking to reinforce numbers, counting, colors, and matching skills. Covers the Common Core Standards for CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4, CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4a, CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4b, CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4c, CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.5.

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Numbers and Counting Match Games for Kids with Skills: The Best Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Common Core Early Math, Learning and Matching Card Activity Games for Boys and Girls
By Eggroll Games LLC has a long name for a fairly straight forward app. Kids play memory games matching numbers, colors or pictures. With clear directions, cute pictures and fun balloon popping reward screens, kids are sure to have fun while learning common core standards.

There are two main menu options with this app -- numbers and pictures. For numbers, there are three subsections -- matching numerals with numerals, matching numerals with matching amounts of objects, and finally matching equal number of objects. The pictures section focuses on basic matching (a tomato with a tomato, dog with dog) or matching colors of two different objects.

The menus are clear and it is easy for even young children to navigate and use the app. Clicking on any menu item has the word spoken aloud and a brief one line instruction is spoken as well as displayed on screen to let the child know what is expected. There are also picture representations of what objects are being matched on the menu screens for non-readers.

There is background music and spoken narration, both which can be disabled in the parental control section on the main menu. This app is great for children that are easily distracted, as there are no busy or overly distracting backgrounds. After successful completion of a few games, there is a bonus balloon pop mini game. I would appreciate if there was the ability to choose how often or to disable the balloon pop game within the parental controls. There is no way to exit or skip the bonus game, and although it is nice to break up the match game, some children may need the break more frequently than others.

As an added perk, children do not receive any feedback when they get a wrong answer -- many children purposefully get answers incorrect when they think the buzzer or "negative" response is funny. With Numbers and Counting Match, wrong answers are simply moved past allowing the child to try again. However, if a child gets stuck and continually gets an answer wrong there is no assistance or tips offered to help the child learn what the correct answer is.

The number of cards displayed as well as the content on the cards seems to be random. A parent or teacher is unable to specify how many cards are displayed. It does not seem to matter how well a child is doing, whether they are struggling to advance or needing more of a challenge, the number of cards goes anywhere from four to six. It would be nice if there was a parental option to set how many cards are displayed -- random, four, six and even eight or ten. Also, if a child struggles with the number 2 and 5 or differentiating red and purple, the adult cannot customize the app to focus on specific content.

Although adults cannot control the number of cards or what content they want focused on, there are ways to make the game more or less challenging for a child. For children just learning the concept of matching, each category offers the "Show Me" game. Instead of the cards being upside down and the child playing memory, having to search, remember and match cards, the child is shown all the cards face up. With this option, the child builds a strong foundation on matching skills. Once a child is fluent with these principles, they are able to move on to the "Memory" game. Within the memory game, there is an option to peak at all the cards to help a child struggling to find matches.

I was a little disappointed that only the item name is given when a card is selected. When matching colors, it could be helpful for the child to hear "brown coconut" and "brown dog" instead of just "coconut" and "dog." The same applies for counting. Instead of merely saying, "carrot," kids could learn more hearing "four carrots."

This is a good app to introduce matching and basic counting and color recognition skills. However, at a $3.99 price tag, there are many other apps available with either more content or at a lower price. This is a solid app that is easy to use with cute cartoon images to help build fluency and confidence with number and color recognition.

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