Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose Review
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
App Reviewed on: iPad 3
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Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose, like the name may suggest, is a new math app from Duck Duck Moose that allows children to practice their abilities in a series of five multi-level activities and allows them to decorate the city in which these Moose Math sections can be found. To play, scroll across the landscape where five different activities can be found within three differently-themed buildings that house these math games.
Moose Juice is a smoothie shop where players make drinks by following recipes which show the quantities of fruits and other ingredients they need to add to the blender, counting along the way. Correct answers create drinks children can drink with a tap while wrong answers create concoctions not worth tasting. Sometimes ingredients are pre-added as this asks children to first count these food items before they add the other drink elements. A list of ingredients can be used as a reference, or they can tap on the Dust Funnie - a cute colorful character found throughout this app used as a guide to help children with their math skills.
I enjoy the realism here as one can watch the blender do its job, mixing these ingredients to create new colors with a hint of pulpy texture as the drinks become blended as well as watching the water displace, rising as fruits and other solids are added to the water in the blender. There is also a fun use of physics as one can toss the fruits, bumping into each other.
Puck’s Pets is a pet store that asks children to create symmetrical pets in the game Paint Pet by adding or subtracting dots onto a creature, making them match a smaller animal. Sometimes a number is shown on the animal to be matched with, asking children to translate these numbers to dots. This is a colorful section as children can choose from many shades of paint to create these dots, with the color names narrated by the Dust Funnie - a nice touch. Another activity in this section, Pet Bingo, includes the counting of dots shown as math problems to help find missing pets in a grid of possible answers.
Lost and Found includes two activities, including a dot-to-dot section that includes some more advanced problems such as counting by fives or twos. I enjoy how colorful this section is with brightly colored backgrounds and the use of buttons, leaves, or other cute and fun props, as well as the musical notes heard with every right answer. Players can also organize items from the Lost and Found, organizing a variety of colorful geometric shapes in various ways such as by color or shape as well as exploring concepts of longest, shortest, and simple geometric principles such as shapes with four sides.
Moose Math is a bright and colorful app that includes the classical renditions of traditional nursery rhymes that Duck Duck Moose is known for. Parents will appreciate how the Common Core State Standards for kindergarten and first grade are incorporated into this app as well as the narrated help the Dust Funnie offers when needed. Multiple children can have their information saved, and a report card of sorts is included to show their progress.
Moose Math is an app that my son has enjoyed exploring. A nice selection of decorative items, both to be added to the street like a new tree or novelty items, are included as well as the ability to add to existing buildings - my favorite kind of reward as the adding of a second story to a building is very satisfying even for adults.
There is a lot of content to enjoy within this app, and I appreciate that multiple levels of difficulty make the replay value high and educational value great. Also nice is that one can sign up through Duck Duck Moose to be emailed supplemental material to print out and use with one's children, as well as keep track of children's progress as they explore this app. All these reasons combined make Moose Math an easy app to recommend.