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Park Math

Park Math

Spring 2011 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Designer: Duck Duck Moose
Developer: Duck Duck Moose
Producer: Duck Duck Moose
Developer: Duck Duck Moose
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch
Review:

Park Math is a nice collection of math games for the preschool set. There's an addition game where you add ducks at the top of the slide, and a subtraction game where you take apples off a tree. Both of these games are nice because they truly illustrate the concepts of addition and subtraction. To practice counting, you can feed food to a hippo. My favorite game of the bunch is the dog sorting game. To play, you slide dogs around on a bench so they go from smallest to largest or so they follow the order of the numbers on their shirts.

Some Park Math games underwhelm in comparison to the others, including a pattern game that doesn't fully establish a pattern before asking you to complete it. I would have loved to see fewer games and more variation in the best of the lot. Navigation can be confusing if you're looking to return to a specific game, but the freeform flow of the app does encourage exploration.

The good definitely outweighs the bad, and the great math games make it worth the time and money for Park Math.

Amy Kraft   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Amy Kraft is a freelance writer, producer, and game designer with over ten years of experience making media for children. She writes the blog Media Macaroni and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.

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