What we love…
fun train themed app with great sound effects that encourages role play, creative play, counting and more
What we’d love to see…
ability to back the train up, a ticket that displays the passengers destination visually, other methods to power the train or even a subway
Fun train themed app that includes sharing, following directions and more!
All Aboard the latest app from Dr. Panda Games this time with a train theme! In this fun themed train app your kids serve as conductor and they drive the train and tour one of three landscapes which includes jungle, desert and a beautiful countryside scene.
Within the app, your child can drive the train either from a first person perspective inside the cab or from a distance. They also can stop and visit the passengers to give them food, snacks, reading material and more. My son even found some great tech to give the passengers. Shovel on some coal to stoke the fire and make the train go faster to it’s next destination or simply blow the horn as the countryside goes by. I liked that my kids could take turns playing with the app or putting passengers on and handing out items to them. As you complete more of the game you earn extra items to give to the passengers – my kids favorites were of course the tech! My kids also loved loading the cargo and carrying it from station to station. While we loaded it we practiced counting or even deciding which item to load first – should we load the jelly beans or the chicken? What happens if we don’t load any cargo. I loved their responses which ranged from – “the passengers will be sad” to “will the chicken lay an egg?” My toddler loved speeding up the train within the app or making it slower which shows cause and effect – although that concept was a bit difficult to explain. As you get to each station stop, a thought bubble pops up looking for a specific passenger or item to be loaded on the train. There is a maximum of four passengers, so if you have more, someone extra must exit the train prior to it moving. Safety first!
As a mom, I loved that there was great role playing – should we be the conductor, the passenger or the person loading the cargo. Tell me about their job. What happens if there are too many passengers, how do we decide who gets on? It was great for storytelling and having my older son describe his actions within the app. At the station, it was great to unload the cargo and then pass it along to the proper recipients like the pig who wanted the chicken. Each time you complete a task, you earn additional items to play with in the game which made my kids want to play more and more to see what else they would earn. There are twelve different train stations throughout. My son also enjoyed dinging the bell
In terms of enhancements, it would be fun if each passenger had to submit a ticket prior to getting on the train which would get stamped with their destination, currently once they are on the train you can punch the ticket but it does not show the destination. That way, kids could prepare for which station they are getting off at. My son also wanted to “back up” the train a few times to go back and look at scenery or to pick up something he might have missed. I would also love to see other methods for powering the train – perhaps it could be electric and run on above ground power like the T does in Boston or maybe it could run like the subway does with a third rail. My kids also thought it would be fun if each of the train stops coincided with other Dr. Panda Games like Daycare, Firefighter, Home etc.
There are no in-app purchases and there is a parental gate which requires year of birth. You can turn off a splash screen which advertises other Dr. Panda apps in the parent area as well as turn on and off music and sound.
Super fun train themed app that kept my toddler enthralled for hours. He kept finding little secret items and enjoyed loading and off loading the cargo. Bravo Dr. Panda – or should that be Toot Toot! Can’t wait to see what else you have planned in the future.
Dr. Panda Train
by Dr. Panda Ltd
Price: $1.99 USD
Dr. Panda Train has pulled into the station! Put on your conductor hat and take passengers on a journey full of fun and discovery!
DRIVE THE TRAIN!
All aboard Dr. Panda Train! Show your passengers.
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.
What we love…
Fun easy to use leveled math app that encouraged my son to practice his math skills
What we’d love to see…
ability to test out of content your child may already be familiar with, ability to turn off the sound affects within the app
I am looking forward to continuing to use the app with my son for his remaining homework assignments before school lets out and during the summer for part of his screen time to ensure that he stays on track with his math skills.
Zap Zap Math – K6 Math Games by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd. is a universal app for iOS that focuses on #commoncore math skills. The free app with gated in-app purchases (IAP) includes content for children from kindergarten through sixth grade to learn, master and be quizzed on math materials using games. The app itself contains over 150 games and over 180 math subtopics and is common core aligned to the Ontario Curriculum for Mathematics. For purposes of the review, I was given a full user ID and tested using second grade material since that is the grade my older son is in. The premium subscription is $9.99 USD and is charged on an annual basis. For those that purchase the full subscription there is also a web-based dashboard so you can check on your child’s progress.
Skills practiced within the app include: Addition, Subtraction, Fractions, Ratios, Multiplication, Geometry, Coordinates, Measurements, Angles, Time. Each “year” within the app is a full school year’s worth of content which is fantastic for home practice during homework time, for homeschooling families or simply to prevent the “summer slide”.
Within the app, there are four different skill areas to use: training, accuracy, speed, mission. There is no spoken language contained within the app, but there are written directions as well as video tutorials to show you what to do for each of the mini games. After completing problems correctly, the words “good job” or stars are flashed on the screen. After taking the quiz, you are shown the results of your work as well as given a time bonus (if completed faster than allowed) to give you a total score.
- Training – this is the area where your child learns the skill and gets a tutorial about how to do it.
- Accuracy – your child uses the skill to answer questions faster and more accurately
- Speed Building – the skill itself is learned and now the focus is on completing the task in a faster manner
- Mission – this brings all the pieces together when you rocket into outer space with a fun mini game
One of the things we liked was that there was a tutorial for each type of game. This made sure we understood how to play it because it included step by step directions and a sample problem for you to complete. My son in particular enjoyed the hive game as he had to connect different equations together to complete the problem. At the end of each mission, you see your accuracy and score as well as a number of “Z” coins which are in app currency to purchase items. We also liked the wide variety of games and frankly the huge amount of free content available to users without purchasing a subscription. This app really allowed you to “try before you buy”.
In terms of enhancements, it would be nice if there were a way to “test” out of content. My son was familiar in some cases with the content and kept telling me how “boring” it was to have to relearn a skill that he already knew. I also would like to be able to turn off the background sound within the app, my son found the ticking and various noises distracting so we ended up muting our device, but it would be nice if there was an easier way to do it. I’d also like a collaboration space, my son’s math curriculum is very visually based and several times he actually wanted to use the number line or draw out the math problem. You can see the number line in the training mode, but you can’t manipulate it which was something he requested. I would also like to see a parent gated area that contains the rating as well as a way to see the dashboard from my device in a future release.
Above is a screenshot of a sample dashboard that shows what skills each student is practicing along with accuracy, amount of time played, number of attempts. You can also click through to get a more detailed report.
I am looking forward to continuing to use the app with my son for his remaining homework assignments before school lets out and during the summer for part of his screen time to ensure that he stays on track with his math skills. This is a great app to try and see if it works for your family, the $9.99 in app purchase/annually seems affordable for the amount of content contained within the app. There are external links, however, they are parental gated.
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Zapzapmath: K-6 Math Games
by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd.
Category: Education, Puzzle, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with 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
Size: 249.69 MB
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