What It Is
Motion Math: Hungry Guppy and Motion Math: Hungry Fish are two of the best number-learning and operation play apps for kids.
Young kids just learning numbers 1 to 5 start with the app Motion Math: Hungry Guppy. The app takes kids right into the play and teaches them how to drag bubbles together to build quantities that the hungry guppy wants to eat. Kids see bubbles with dots and bubbles with numbers. As they drag the bubbles together, they see how two bubbles with one dot in each become one bubble with two dots inside. Kids need to look at the hungry guppy. If it has two dots on its belly, the guppy only wants to eat bubbles with two dots. As the hungry guppy is fed bubbles, it gets bigger and bigger. You do need to keep feeding the guppy because it will shrink if it doesn't get bubbles with the right amounts.
The app is adaptive, which means it progresses to harder levels, or easier levels, based on your child's work in the app. Parents can also tap the home button and set up the app for working on dots, numbers, or a mixture of the two.
For kids ready for more advanced number play, Motion Math: Hungry Fish expands the gameplay to work on addition and subtraction and working with negative numbers. The play is simple, with kids combining bubbles of different quantities together to solve for problems. This app is adaptive to keep your child in the sweet spot of challenge and learning. There is also a nice reward area where kids can customize their own Hungry Fish.
Why It’s Fun
What is excellent about these apps is that it is so easy for young children to make connections between quantity, addition, and subtraction—long before they could ever understand the written form. Because the apps take kids right into the game with no distracting buttons or feedback, kids can just focus in on the play.
Who It’s For
Motion Math: Hungry Guppy is for ages 3–7, while Motion Math: Hungry Fish is for ages 5 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
Each app is available as a free-to-try-with-in-app-purchase app or as a full paid app.
The apps are compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad. They require iOS 4.3 or later.