Math Jungle by Little Big Thinkers is a universal app for iOS that aligns with first grade math and common core math standards. The app features a monkey who runs through the level trying to capture banana’s while trying to avoid obstacles like rocks and prickly bushes. Every so often there is a math problem which must be solved before you move on within the level. As you collect banana’s you can try to beat your own personal best. A variety of math skills are practiced including addition, subtraction, counting, adding a series of numbers, understanding the meaning of an equal sign, greater than/less than, counting and adding within a series of numbers. Other apps by Little Big Thinkers include Rocket Speller Plus which is still a favorite of The iMums. The app features a wide variety of math problems and my son enjoyed thinking about which type would be next. A field of three choices is given for the answer of each of the problem types and if you get it wrong, the wrong answer is eliminated.
The app is fun and I liked how it aligned with common core standards while practicing a number of skills that my son had learned in first grade related to math. When you open it up the math problems appear to be random as you work to complete the level and get to the end. I liked the variety of math problems that popped up and encouraged my son to answer on the fly – while practicing his skills to keep them sharp. I liked that he could do skip counting or finger counting to work on the answers and that there was no time limit which meant he didn’t feel pressured to get the right answer so quickly. The app also features hints for the math problems which helps kids to “reframe” the question if they get stuck. I really liked this because sometimes my son would get confused if the math seemed hard, but then when he saw the graphical representation he was easily able to solve for the problem. I also liked that kids could beat their own “personal best” over time.
In terms of enhancements, I’d like to see user profiles so that more than one child can use the app at a time. My son enjoyed using it, and then he tried to share it with a friend but the friend found the content was a bit too hard for him to complete, and it made it easier, which then in turn frustrated my son because the problems were too easy! I’d also like a way to choose specific types of math problems so you can target skills. If my son hadn’t learned a math concept, I could see him being frustrated if he couldn’t easily answer the question. My son also asked a few questions about each of the levels – right now when you complete the level stars are given and then you “restart” it over again to beat your personal best and get more banana’s. My son would have liked to see the ability to progress and show completion with either different types of math problems or something to show he had completed the level. It would be nice in hint mode if you could choose from the answers – rather than having to hit the x to exit and answer the problem.
There are no in-app purchases or advertising contained within the app. There are also no external links.
Overall, this is a fun math app targeting first graders which is also perfect for preventing the summer slide and loss of math skills. It is aligned with common core math skills which ensure that your kids stay on target and is a fun way for your kids to practice their math skills without having to do worksheets!
Math Jungle : Grade 1by Little Big Thinkers
Category: Education, Games, Arcade
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 209 MB
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.