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Motion Math: Hungry Guppy

Motion Math: Hungry Guppy

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Developer: Motion Math
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

Motion Math create math apps that avoid the quizzing found in so many other math games, and Hungry Guppy is a good example of their work. Each fish gives the player a general count (for example, three dots) for which they are hungry, and then the user has to merge bubbles to feed the fish by combining, for example, a bubble with 1 and a bubble with 2 dots. Gameplay was immediately intuitive for our testers. They did not need the sound on to make sense of it, and they enjoyed playing it for a while.

This is a fine app for young kids starting to establish an understanding of numbers. It offers multiple representations of numbers (numerals and dots, for example), and provides a challenge that our five-year-old tester felt was 'just hard enough'.

Barbara Chamberlin   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Barbara Chamberlin researches and develops educational software and media at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab. She and her husband have two boys.

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Motion Math
Available on iTunes

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