Recently released (just in time for Halloween) is this new educational app from Kindermatica that helps children learn to write their numbers.
The app is a great way to help children practice writing numbers to 10 in a fun way. Children write each number three times with guides to help them to find the starting point, and to stay inside the lines or on the path. With each turn, the prompts and supports are decreased. You can move through the numbers in series, or you can select specific numbers to practice.
- Languages: The app will run in English, Russian or Swedish.
- Reporting: – Teachers and parents can view the results for each child. The app records two kinds of mistakes: when the child starts from the wrong point, and when they are out of line when writing the number. This information will help teachers guide the student to correcting their errors and perfecting their technique.
- Individual student profiles: – you can add up to 30 student profiles so that you can track progress individually. Photos or avatars can be added from the device camera or from the camera roll.
- Reward game: – Carve a jack-o-lantern by dragging shapes on to the pumpkin. This is a fun exercise in symmetry as each item is placed as a pair with central symmetry.
- Individual Settings:
- Fonts: Select from 4 fonts, including Zaner-Bloser (commonly used in the US), Sassoon, and fonts for Sweden and Russia.
- Modes: you can select an easy or regular mode, and you can opt to repeat numbers.
- Game Limit: You can turn the reward game off, or allow it to play for 30 sections, 1 minute, 3 minute or no limit.
- Number of exercises before reward game: Choose from 3, 6, 9 or 12 exercises to be completed before the child can play the reward game.
- Music, Sound effects and speech are amusing, but can be turned off if you wish through the settings button at the top left of the screen.
- Safety: Kindermatica is a member of Know What’s Inside, a group of developers (formally known as Moms with Apps) who take child safety and security seriously, and who make sure parents have all the information they need to make good decisions about the apps they choose for their children. In this app, for instance, there are some external links, but these are all hidden behind a parent lock.
- Graphics: the graphics are beautiful and the little spider who guides us through the activities is very cute.
See the app at work in this YouTube trailer:
Although this has a great Halloween theme, people like me who don’t do Halloween will still find it handy for children who are just starting to write their numbers. ( I’m an Australian, and yes I know there are some Aussies who have started to do the whole trick or treating thing, but I’m not one). You can use it all year around. Teachers will love being able to tweak the app to suit individual needs, and also being able to see individual progress reports. I think Boo Numbers is a great activity that will compliment the handwriting activities done in early learning classrooms. If you like this app, you might also like to try Yum-Yum Letters, also by Kindermatica, which uses similar activities to help children learn to write letters.
Universal: Requires iOS 6.0 or later