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Motion Math: Pizza!

Motion Math: Pizza!

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 7 - 12 yrs.
Developer: Motion Math
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

At first glance, Motion Math: Pizza! appears to be just another "sim" app; however, nothing could be further from the truth. As the game begins, the player is given an initial investment of $50 and must immediately go to the market to purchase ingredients for the first batch of pizzas. After purchasing ingredients, the player creates a menu, decides on prices, and begins selling to customers. The app even features a cash register on which the player must ring up customer purchases; this might sound simple when a customer purchases one pepperoni pizza for $5, but what happens when customers purchase two or three at once...or when they purchase one pepperoni and one mushroom each with different prices? The player has to quickly, and mentally, tally up the total and enter it into the register before the customer becomes frustrated and leaves. In addition to these challenges, the player must balance the price of each pizza with the cost of its ingredients, always taking into consideration what customers will be willing to pay.

As the description above demonstrates, Motion Math: Pizza!focuses on mathematic skills such as addition and multiplication, as well as economic skills such as sales, profit, strategic planning, etc.. In addition to its obvious long-term learning value, the app has long-term play value as well, because children can continue to build their business, alter their menu, upgrade their store, just like in the real world.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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