This useful app teaches math skills using a fun bingo format and offers a couple of games as rewards for correct answers.
As anyone who’s ever been to third grade will remember, math drills aren’t much fun. Still, sometimes it’s the only way to really get the basics down. More enjoyable than flashcards, Math Bingo adds a good dose of entertainment to solving basic math problems, and throws in a couple of games for good measure.
The format is fairly simple. You’re presented with a bingo board of numbers, and a series of math problems appear at the top. Tap the correct answer on the board and it’ll be covered by a “Bingo Bug”. When you’ve got five in a row, you finish the game with a “Bingo” and if your score is high enough, you’ll be rewarded with your own Bingo Bug (more on those in a moment).
This app focuses on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For each bingo game, you can choose one of these or a mix of all four. If you choose addition, for example, all the questions asked will be addition ones. This is a good feature if your child is having a particular problem with, say, division, but he or she doesn’t need revision in other areas. Set the difficulty level at easy, medium or hard, and away you go.
If you answer a question incorrectly, the answer is displayed at the bottom of the screen, but it’s not very noticeable. It would be nice if the app made it more apparent, as it’s currently quite easy to ignore and just continue with the next problem.
The games are timed, which determines your score. Your total for each game is the number of seconds it took you to get “Bingo” plus an additional two seconds for every wrong answer. Obviously, the lower the score the better, but the game calls good scores “high scores”. If you get a high score, you’re awarded a Bingo Bug, one of a number of very appealing cartoon bugs. When you’ve got one, tap “My Bingo Bugs” and a screen appears that shows your bug or bugs in an empty box; you can tilt the screen and tap the bugs to make them move around. It’s not the most exciting of games, but it feel like a reward after you’ve been problem-solving.
Even if you haven’t played before (and therefore haven’t accumulated any Bingo Bugs), the game will still offer you the “My Bingo Bugs” option, which leaves you tapping and tilting an empty screen. They’d do better to take this option away and then surprise you with it when you earn your first Bingo Bug. Still, this is a small flaw in what is otherwise a very useful and fun learning app.
Correct answers are rewarded with games
Another game you can play once you’ve earned a Bingo Bug or two is Bingo Bug Bungee, a sort of Angry Birds-esque game that involves catapulting your bugs to collect coins. Again, it’s fun but not hugely compelling, which is a good point – if the game is too exciting, kids will never go back to the math problems.
The range of difficulty in the equations (from 1+4 in the Easy setting to 323/17 in the Hard setting) is an excellent feature, as your child can move on to harder problems once he or she has mastered the easier ones. The Bingo Bugs themselves are cute and the bingo board set-up makes answering math problems much more fun. For early elementary school students this should be a fun and beneficial application.
Images captured from Math Bingo.
|Good Point||Offers puzzles of varying levels of difficulty.|
|Bad Point||Wrong answers are inconspicuous and easily ignored.|
|Comment||Adds fun to math drills and encourages repeat play|
|App Name||Math Bingo||Developer||Abcya.com|
|Price||$.99||Latest Update||March 10, 2011|
|User Age||6 to 8 years||Category||Education|
|Size||7.1MB||OS||iOS3.0 or later|