What is it
Maths & Memo, by PinPin Team, is an app for learning maths and improving memory skills. It involves some little alien like characters called the Crapoks.
The app has 5 game modes that enable children to practise the 4 basic mathematical operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children can practise an operation in isolation or can complete the challenge mode which uses a mixture.
Once children have completed a level, within each operation, they can progress to the next, harder level. The games are not straightforward sums; children not only have to work out the answer, but also need to remember where the matching question and answer cards are (increasingly difficult as there is a switching card which muddles them all up!)
At the end of each level there are some fun mini games for the children to complete; these include slicing and shooting the Crapok characters.
Tested on a Kurio
What our team of testers said
"It's good because it's a guessing game" - Girl aged 9
"It's good that you can choose levels & the game at the end" - Girl aged 9
"It's a bit fun for a maths game" - Boy aged 9
- Improves memory and concentration
- Practises speed of mental mathematical recall
- Develops skills in the 4 basic mathematical operations
What our experts think
Mental maths skills are such an essential building block to many mathematical areas and Maths & Memo does a fantastic job of encouraging children to practice and hone these key skills. The app approaches practising maths in a different way to most; the memory game is a fun (and challenging) addition.
The way in which children could either practise an individual operation or complete a mixed operation challenge meant that they could set challenges for their own learning.
The mathematical questions got progressively harder as children worked their way through the different levels meaning that they could see their own progress and achievements.
We also liked the addition of fun mini games to ‘reward’ the children for their mathematical achievements.
It would be even better if...
We felt this app could have been better if it had the capability for different profiles for different players – this would enable children to work within their own individual level and allow parents to see how the children are progressing.
- Brands: PinPin
- Key Features:
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes - no restrictions required
- Languages available: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Memory, concentration & attention
Numeracy, counting & money