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DragonBox Numbers

  • Android, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+

About DragonBox Numbers

DragonBox Numbers introduces kids to basic counting, addition, and subtraction concepts through puzzles, challenges and free play. It is very appropriate for a wide group of ages. To play the app, kids solve puzzles to earn coins. They must correctly place the nooms in the empty spaces in the puzzles, subtly learning facts about addition, subtraction, and geometry at the same time.

Teacher Review

DragonBox Numbers (iOS, Android, and Amazon), aimed at kids 4 through 8, introduces number sense, addition, and subtraction through cute characters called Nooms. The characters are designed to resemble Cuisenaire rods, math learning aids that introduce kids to arithmetic operations in a hands-on way. Kids feed, slice, and sort the Nooms, developing familiarity with addition, subtraction, fractions, and ranges. DragonBox Numbers is one of the best 2nd grade learning apps.

This app teaches different concepts of addition and subtraction that a child needs to learn at a young age and is made to follow DragonBox Numbers.  DragonBox Numbers teaches children number sense. This foundational knowledge allows a child to reason with numbers in a flexible way, building a strong relationship with numbers, which will in turn help them move onto more complex mathematics.

There are 6 different worlds to explore with 10 different resources like apples, rocks, and fish among many others to trade for coins. These coins are then used to buy different resources, especially diamonds that are required to unlock the different worlds. 

Every section of the app involves some kind of addition or subtraction exercise to move further in the game. After collecting the different apples and rocks, children have to perform addition or subtraction exercises. During each exercise, they have to write the answer by dragging their finger instead of tapping something, similar to how they would write on a piece of paper. This action helps them relate closely to how they would perform exercises in a classroom setting. 

It also teaches about place value, by using visuals like a single apple to represent the ones place and a bag of apples to represent tens place. This app has made use of the different concepts that are taught in class and made them accessible by giving them the purpose of building a beautiful world for the delightful characters called Nooms. 

The app contains four different activities, each designed to challenge the player to use the Nooms and basic math in a different way. The sandbox level of their game, in particular, is very unique. It allows children to freely play with numbers. This builds a curiosity and positive association with numbers through play. However, it goes one step further, in that it allows children to learn through play and discovery—which gives the player a deeper understanding of numbers, more so than, for example, a game based on quizzes and the memorization of math facts. 

Additionally, children are not just playing with numbers. They’ve created colorful characters called Nooms, which represent each number on the numbers line, until ten. Each Noom has their own look, their own personality. Children get to know these Nooms, they interact with them on a very personal level, thereby deepening their understanding and engagement in their early math development, and allowing them to move onto more complex mathematics in the future. 

Why it’s great: The Nooms function as digital versions of what classroom teachers call math manipulatives, physical learning aids that help young children understand theoretical math concepts in a concrete way. For older kids, the DragonBox series continues on with algebra and Euclidean geometry.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

WeWantToKnow AS

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Publisher's Description

Give your child the foundation they need for future math learning with DragonBox Numbers.

DragonBox Numbers will teach your child what numbers are, how they work, and what you can do with them. The game makes it easy and fun for your child to gain an intuitive understanding of numbers. It's a great introduction to the wonderful world of math.

DragonBox Numbers brings math to life by turning numbers into colorful and relatable characters, called Nooms. The Nooms can be stacked, sliced, combined, sorted, compared and played with, any way your child pleases.

The app contains 4 different activites for your child to explore, each designed to challenge your child to use the Nooms and basic math in a different way.

The "Sandbox" section of the game is designed to let your child explore and experiment with the Nooms. It's also the perfect tool for parents and teachers to explain basic math concepts to kids.

In the "Puzzle" section, your child will use basic math to create their own puzzle pieces, and place them in the right spot to reveal a hidden picture. Every move your child makes reinforces number sense. Your child will perform thousands of operations while solving the 250 puzzles.

In the "Ladder" section, your child will have to think strategically to build larger numbers. Your child will develop an intuitive understanding of how larger numbers relate to small numbers, and practice basic math strategies every step of the way.

In the "Run" section, your child will have to direct the Noom down a path using quick mental calculations. Your child can use their fingers, Nooms or numerals to jump over obstacles. This activity reinforces your child's number sense and trains their ability to quickly recognise and add numbers.

DragonBox Numbers is based on the same pedagogical principles as the other games in the award-winning DragonBox series, and works by integrating the learning seamlessly into the gameplay, no quizzes or mindless repetitions. Every interaction in DragonBox Numbers is designed to heighten your child’s understanding of numbers and strengthen his or her love of math, giving your child a great foundation for future math learning.

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