Math literacy is one of the necessary skills for the 21st century. As adults, we can clearly see the importance of math in the real world. That’s why it’s essential for kids to find a good pathway to math literacy; preferably one that is fun for them. When I tried Numbie, an app that aims to help with the basic math skills required by the Common Core Math Curriculum, I immediately felt that learning math can be fun. In this adventurous app, kids try to complete fun math puzzles and explore fantasy worlds.
Explore Intuitive Math Lessons
Numbie is the name of the adventurer who will guide you through the game. His job involves helping you navigate the maps and menu, and narrating the questions and providing feedback if you make a mistake.
As I write this review, the Numbie app consists of 10 chapters. Each chapter contains more than 10 challenges to teach kids early math literacy in a well-designed learning curve.
Chapter 1 focuses on identifying shapes. Kids will play with challenges that ask them to identify identical shapes, biggest or smallest toys, group of objects with fewer or most number of objects, and the odd one out of the group. In this introductory chapter, kids will also practice color matching, group objects based on their types, and solve puzzles given a set of constraints. Additionally, kids will find mini games such as an endless runner and a matching game featuring cute baby dinosaurs.
Similar to real-world math, some challenges may have more than one correct answer. The game is quite flexible in accepting all kinds of answer, as long as they’re correct.
The Next Chapters
After your kids have mastered basic counting, recognizing shapes, patterns, colors, and sizes, they can move on to the following chapters. Here is a brief overview of what they will learn from chapter 2 and onward:
Chapter 2 introduces kids to addition and subtraction with numbers from 1-10. In Chapter 3, they will practice counting backward, skip counting, and solving simple word problems.
Chapter 4 teaches them about place values and how to compose/decompose teen numbers, while Chapter 5 teaches them how to use tally marks and perform addition with three operands.
Chapter 6 strengthens their fluency in addition and subtraction with teen numbers. And in Chapter 7, they will compare length, height, and perform non-standard measurements.
Chapter 8 focuses on comparing two digit numbers, and Chapter 9 teaches them about the number line and the different ways to solve addition. Finally, Chapter 10 lets them practice with numbers up to 120.
Parents Need to Know
Numbie is available as a freemium game where you can play the first chapter for free, but you'll need to unlock the other chapters via in-app purchases. At the time of this review, Chapter 2 to Chapter 10 costs $2.99 each. As an alternative, you can pay a subscription fee of $4.99 per month. By becoming a subscriber, you will immediately unlock all the currently available levels and any future level.
You can play Numbie without an Internet connection. The app doesn’t contain any third-party advertising or links to social media. You can also access the Parent Dashboard to keep track of your kids’ progress as they play.
Things I Like
The challenges in Numbie are well-designed to comply with the basic Common Core Math Curriculum, while fitting in a nice learning curve. Each level consists of many small challenges that will give you a small but repetitive sense of achievement.
If you want your kids to continue their learning journey, you can watch previews of the other chapters from inside the app. The preview videos are of good quality, and highlight the challenges you will get if you unlock the chapters. Each chapter offers a unique gameplay, making it worth the upgrade.
Numbie is a fun math drill app that makes learning and practicing an enjoyable experience. Kids ages 3+ can already enjoy the app with minimum supervision. The narration helps make the challenges clear if your kids are not able to read the instructions yet. If you’re looking for a fun, creative, and inspiring math drill app for your kids, I highly recommend giving Numbie a try.
About Plarium Education
Plarium Education is a development studio based in Ukraine and Israel with a focus on educational apps. The team is comprised of educational technologists, graphic artists, game designers, animators, and programmers. Their main goal is to develop games that kids will love, so that they will love to learn.