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Vegetable Maths Masters

Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

This fully-featured app is free to download and designed by experts to help with maths practice and develop positive attitudes to eating vegetables.

Teacher Review

Maths and vegetables are two things that children often need encouragement to try and enjoy.   Both are the victim of an undeserved but persistent stereotyping.

"Maths is too hard." 

"Vegetables taste bad." 

Add to these the lazy humour and flippancy heard in day-to-day life and it is no wonder that children often develop a negative outlook on maths and vegetables.  We've all heard someone say, "I'm terrible at maths", with almost a tone of pride.  The thought of boiled sprouts is often conjured up to provide a humourous image of disgust.

The two undeservedly maligned subjects join forces in an app produced by child psychology and education experts.  On the maths side, the app supports young children as they learn the basics.  On the vegetable side, the negative view of vegetables is challenged by associating them with rewards for success.

The app takes the familiar form of a series of mini-games that provide practice for children who are just beginning to establish their numeracy skills.  Easier tasks include tracing written digits to become familiar with how they are formed and counting vegetables.  More advanced understanding is challenged by selecting a given fraction of vegetables or adding groups of them together.

The difficulty of the challenges is loosely grouped according to ages but these should only be seen as guidelines.  Children should be encouraged to practice with whatever interests them and where they do not understand, parents and teachers can provide some quick guidance. 

The games are as good as any you might find in any app of maths minigames.  They look and sound great.  They are easy to understand and play.  Topics that are useful to practice are covered in a fun and engaging way. 

Vegetables feature heavily in the games as counting tokens, objects for manipulation, and thinking aids.  In a reversal of the typical idea of vegetables equalling a chore deserving of a reward, vegetables form the basis of rewards in each game.  From earning points to dress up vegetable-based characters, to the spoken response to a task well done, vegetables are associated with success and positivity. 

Parents and teachers can select which vegetables are the focus of the app.  For example, if children are already happy with peas, these can be removed from the app's focus so that the other vegetables are encountered more often.

As a maths app, this is a useful and fun app for children to develop their skills.    It would be a lot to expect of an app to counter the negativity towards vegetables fully but Vegetable Maths Masters is clearly well thought out to do as much as it can.  With the thoughtful support of adults in each child's life, alongside the positive experiences of eating healthily, this app can help to rescue the reputation of vegetables for children.  Healthy eating, after all, is not just avoiding too much unhealthy food, it is the consumption of beneficial food. 

It might often be said that there is no such thing as a free (vegetable-based) lunch, but, in this case, there is such a thing as a free app.  The app is the result of the collaboration of universities and charities and is free of charge, free from ads, and contains no in-app purchases.  As the app in its entirety has no cost, there is absolutely no reason not to download it straight away to your child's mobile device.  It is free, useful, high quality, and, in its approach, unique.

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Developer Description

Vegetable Maths Masters is a free maths app using vegetables. Children can practice maths skills whilst playing with real images of vegetables in a fun way which also teaches children about the names of the vegetables and helps to make them more familiar. The app is designed to support maths and also encourage healthy eating.

Children can choose from six different characters to play with in the game and ‘feed’ them vegetables. Characters are happy and enjoy eating vegetables!

The game has 3 levels for children aged 3-4 years, 5-6 years and 7 years plus. The game choices are:

- Tracing numbers 1-10 with vegetables
- Counting numbers 1-10 by feeding vegetables
- Matching numbers of vegetables in a card game
- Adding and subtracting with vegetables (numbers 1-10)
- Basic fractions; half, quarter and third of numbers up to 8
- Multiplication and division using 2, 5 and 10 times tables

Children earn stars for correctly completing the tasks and can use these to buy Chloe the Carrot, Bertie the Broccoli; Polly the Pea and Sam the Squash! As they earn stars they can buy shoes, clothes and accessories to decorate these vegetables.

Parents can choose which vegetables children play with from a choice of 10 different vegetables which can be “turned on” or “turned off” in settings.

The app has been developed by academic experts in child eating behaviour and has been designed with input from children, parents and teachers. It is underpinned by research evidence into effective ways to support children’s mathematical skills and to promote healthy eating.

The development of Vegetable Maths Masters has been funded by the charity: the British Psychological Society. It is free to download and advertisement free.

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