Basic Arithmetic Study Guide Disguised as 50 Levels of Guess-the-Mystery-Picture Games

In Picture Math, kids learn basic arithmetic lessons to guess the mystery pictures.In Picture Math, kids learn basic arithmetic lessons to guess the mystery pictures.

Learning math can be quite challenging for some kids. To make things worse, many parents are clueless when it comes to teaching math to their kids. Not to mention the fact that most kids are not willing to learn in long periods of time without some form of incentive.

Thankfully, Brainingcamp has released a fun math app — Picture Math — that can help parents teach basic arithmetic operations to their kids. The app prepares several chapters of lessons, each of which is accompanied by a dot-to-dot puzzle. Whenever kids complete a problem, they get to connect two dots in the mystery picture. It’s this guessing game that motivates them to keep going.

Solve Math Problems to Guess the Picture

Picture Math supports all four of the basic arithmetic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Even though you can play in any order, I’d suggest you start with the addition.

In the addition mode, there are 15 chapters that you need to complete in a sequential order because the lessons are organized to support a specific learning curve. For example, you will learn about the different ways you can add single-digit numbers, before you learn how to add two-digit and three-digit numbers. The lessons will also teach you the differences among ones, tens, and hundreds, and how you’d carry over the excess of ones to tens then to the hundreds.

Before you start solving the problems in each lesson, you can watch the intro problem first. It’s essentially a tutorial but narrated to show how you would solve the problems in that lesson. Once you understand what you’re supposed to do, you can start solving the problems in a sequential order.

Each time you solve a problem, you get up to three stars and unlock the next problem in the lesson. You can use the stars you’ve collected to unlock the next lesson. But the stars you collect in one operation, such as addition, can’t be used to unlock lessons in a different operation.

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Parents Need to Know

Different operations may have more or fewer chapters depending on the learning curve required to understand the concept. For example, subtraction has seven chapters whereas multiplication has seventeen.

As you’d expect from an arithmetic app, Picture Math contains important concepts, such as commutative property in addition and multiplication, regrouping in subtraction, and multiplication as repeated addition.

Picture Math works great in Airplane mode, and it doesn’t have any in-app purchase, ads, or links to social networks. The math lessons in this app are suitable for kids ages 5+ who still need to learn the concepts behind the basic arithmetic operations.

Picture Math also features less common lessons such as this fact family triangle.Picture Math also features less common lessons such as this fact family triangle.

Things I Like

In addition to basic arithmetic concepts, I also learned a couple of new things in Picture Math. The app uses a triangle to illustrate the fact family concept, in which the top number is the sum of two other numbers underneath it. By looking at the triangle, you can easily solve addition/subtraction problems related to the numbers in that triangle.

Because Picture Math is all about guessing the mystery pictures, it forces kids to practice their spelling and word-building skills. Even though they know what the mystery picture is, they would still need to figure out how to spell it.

Finally, I really appreciate how the developers designed the multiple choices as circled numbers spread across the screen. Each time you select the correct option, the app will draw a line connecting the red dot with the circled number. That line will be somewhat reflected in the mystery picture.

Picture Math uses different representations of the same arithmetic operations to help kids visualize and understand the concepts.Picture Math uses different representations of the same arithmetic operations to help kids visualize and understand the concepts.

Conclusion

Picture Math is a unique math app that tries to help kids ages 5+ learn basic arithmetic operations. I’d suggest accompanying your kids when they play the app, as the multiple chapters to learn an operation is designed to fit a particular learning curve. Based on my experience accompanying my five-year-old, kids would benefit more from the app when parents are there to provide context, explanation, and examples about the lessons.

Get it on the App Store: iPhone | iPad

App was provided for our honest review.