Bottom Line: Aimed at preschoolers, Drive About: Number Neighborhood is a delightful way to reinforce math skills in your little one. From colorful sea pickles to a snowboarding yak, this app will enchant young children while teaching them at the same time. This brand new app is already one of my four-year-old’s favorites.
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I’ve been worrying lately about keeping my eight-year-old engaged and learning over the summer. But what about my four-year-old? Can’t forget about her, can I? Fortunately there are apps like the delightful new Drive About: Number Neighborhood by Artgig Studio to make sure she's not left out of our summertime school sessions.
In Drive About: Number Neighborhood your little learner can take a trip around a delightful little town making stops at nine fun locations to play math games. The first stop we made was at a little field of sea pickles (I googled it and they are a real thing — how did I not know that?), where we had to catch the sea pickles with the correct number on them. Sort of like a reverse whack-a-mole. The colorful sea pickles were so cute that my princess hardly realized she was using number recognition skills.
Our next stop was to go snowboarding with a yak, being careful to hit the numbered flags in order as we went down the hill. After that we needed a snack, so it was off to decorate cookies with each of the animals. We used our shape matching skills to put the proper yummies in place on our snacks.
Next up was a stop to color some really cute animals by numbers before we took a little trip to space . . . to vacuum. I am a big fan of any app that can encourage vacuuming skills in my kids. The fact that this one sneaks a little bit of counting in is just a bonus. Then it was off to the playground to play on the seesaw, where we have to balance each animal with animals that equal the same number so that they can balance enough to teeter-totter back and forth.
Next my little one practiced her building skills by stacking blocks in numerical order to create buildings. Perhaps she’ll be an architect one day. Then we headed off with a skywriter to trace some numbers in the sky.
Our final stop for the day was to feed a hungry whale. We not only brushed up on our counting for this one, but we also got to bring our fine motor skills into the picture as we fed the whale by launching food at him with the use of a sling shot.
Drive About: Number Neighborhood has earned itself a place as one of my princess’ current iPad faves. With the colorful characters and fun situations, she hardly even realizes she is learning.
What I like:
- It is cute. Really cute. The graphics are well done and attractive. The sound effects add to rather than detract from the games. The background music can be turned off in the parent section.
- The situations are varied and funny enough to hold the interest of your preschooler for the entire play of the game. Sea pickles and snowboarding yaks? Count us in.
- I would like to see a choice in things like the counting/ordering games. If the instructions are to make the yak hit the flags in numerical order, then giving a child the choice of flags that are out of order would give them a little more challenge.
- Also, on the see-saw game the object is to balance out an animal with animals whose numbers come up to the same sum. But for each one we were also given the option to choose the exact animal that was already on the see-saw. Each time my princess chose the one that matched rather than the ones that equaled the same when added together. I think if the option of choosing a matching one were removed, then the intended skill of making a group to balance the existing animal would be more clear.
Overall, I’m giving this app a very strong four stars. Artgig has an outstanding base for a really great preschool math app here; they just need to perhaps strengthen a few of their games.
I’m looking forward to seeing the gang of Drive About characters in other games soon.
Kelli and the princess had a long discussion today about whether sea pickles were as delicious as regular pickles. They determined that they probably were not, except maybe to mermaids. SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.