EduGuru Maths Kids age 3-5 educational games
An engaging and entertaining app, thoroughly thought through and designed promote a positive first experience of mathematics. This app takes children through the skills of mathematics starting with the basic skills such as counting, but extending this learning through to more difficult skills: shapes, time, money, etc.
This app has been designed to appeal to young children through gameplay and promote a love of learning mathematics.
Upon opening the app, children are first directed to the home page and a simple, helpful and clear tutorial begins, guiding children through their process of learning. It’s possible to skip this tutorial if the child wishes. From the home page, eight games are on offer: the first, Cosmic Counting explores counting through a space based adventure game; Meadow Maths allows children to move sheep into a pen, reinforcing the skills learned earlier while gradually introducing addition; the third game, Shape Sorting, allows children to practice the names and outlines of shapes; while the fourth game, Fishing Fun, familiarises children with the concept of size, height, weight, distance and quantity as they catch fish from the ocean floor; Space Solvers illustrates division through doubling, halving and sharing; Captain Clock uses a talking parrot to explain time; Money Pig encourages children to collect coins in a piggy bank, visually displaying each coin; and finally, Match Up reinforces the learning from earlier by matching shapes in context rather than simply an outline.
It’s clear that the developers have considered both the educational perspective, alongside the academic content. The game play is smooth, engaging and entertaining, while the mathematical content is accurate, appropriately levelled and suitably structured for a range of abilities. Further, it’s nice to see an app, where each game has been designed for a specific skill, rather than the content added to an existing game. The initial games tend to teach children new skills, for example, in Cosmic Counting children are guided to count as they move each space rocket, however, on other games, children are not explicitly taught and are instead encouraged to practice, for example, when playing Sorting Shapes, it is presumed that children have an existing knowledge and are only corrected rather than taught new skills.
In terms of assessment, correct answers are indicated and recorded, whilst errors are made obvious and the true answer indicated. Stars record the children’s ability within each skill with three being the most and showing a thorough understanding of the subject. Similarly, achievements are recorded and once a child has completed each game, trophies can be viewed. Within the app itself there are additional options. The obvious help facility alongside a list of frequently asked questions. There is information about the developers, those involved in the design process, the company and concept. Music can be added/removed, although the voice used to introduce and give instructions remains. Cleverly, there is also the ability to unlock all or part of the games. This is ideal for teachers, parents or children to select their appropriate level. For the classroom, or for a small family, there is the option to add up to 6 additional users, however, it would be nice to see a button on the homepage allowing easy access to this change of user.
Overall, an app children will love and continue to use, certainly worthy of its 5-star rating and representing excellent value for money.
From the Developer
- Developed and built to fully support the UK National Curriculum
- Designed to help children learn outside of the classroom
- Makes learning an open-ended fun activity
- Allows children to learn and explore in a safe, secure environment
- Produced in close collaboration with UK teachers and schools
EduGuru Maths is aimed perfectly at 3-5 year olds and gives them a balance of teaching and instruction, with cute animations, to help develop their basic maths skills including:
EduGuru Maths gives children a fun-learning jumpstart on the formal maths teaching that starts in school and compliments the simple math skills that parents can introduce through their daily routines. The animations are fun and the variety of quick activities ensure children will be entertained while learning!
8 SEPARATE GAMES - EACH SUPPORTING A KEY LEVEL CURRICULUM TOPIC:
- Counting 1-10-20 (Cosmic Counting, Meadow Maths)
- Number recognition & ordering (Cosmic Counting)
- Addition & subtraction (Meadow Maths)
- Matching, doubling, halving and sharing (Space Solver)
- UK/English coins, money & values (Money Pig)
- Minutes & hours (Captain Clock)
- Telling the time (Captain Clock)
- Shapes & sequences (Cosmic Counting, Shape Sort, Match Up)
- Colours (Shape Sort, Match Up)
- Size, weight, distance & position (Fishing Fun, Match Up)
Importantly, as children progress through the games, they are rewarded and motivated to continue learning with EduGuru trophies and medals.
EduGuru Maths contains no third party links or advertising, allowing children to learn and explore (either with or without their parents, depending on their age) in a safe and secure environment.
EduGuru Maths is available as a FREE download with in-app purchases that are clearly explained, or a paid-for app.
EduGuru Maths is the first in a series of educational apps, developed and built to fully support the UK National Curriculum. EduGuru Apps for English, Science and Art will be available shortly. They are all designed to help children learn outside of the classroom, stimulate their imagination and make learning an open-ended fun activity.
EduGuru has been designed in close collaboration with teachers and schools, and follows and fully supports the UK National Curriculum. This means that parents can be sure that children playing EduGuru Apps are experiencing and practising learning skills in accordance with the recommendations of early childhood experts.
Cute and basic animations guide children through the key topics in the Early Years Foundation Stage, which sets the standards for the learning, development and care of pre-school children in England; the Foundation Phase in Wales; and the Early Years Foundation in Scotland.
WE UNDERSTAND EDUCATIONAL GAMES FOR CHILDREN……
EduGuru Maths has been developed and produced by The Game Creators, a privately owned UK company, established in 1999. The Game Creators have an in-depth understanding of consumer & educational software, having worked for one of the top 5 software publishers in the UK. One of their key products was ‘Fun School’ which sold over 2 million units in the UK in the 90s. It was translated to 15 languages and licensed in Europe, US and Asia.
They also created and produced the computer game for Art Attack, the top selling educational product in the UK (before Disney owned it). The highly successful ‘Klik’n Play’ and ‘Click & Create’, were two of the very first game creator brands.
In creating EduGuru, The Game Creators have focused on the development of child-friendly applications for iPhone and iPad. Their collaborative approach includes more than 100 designers, coders, artists and programmers; all dedicated to providing children with the highest quality educational experience possible.