Learning fractions doesn't have to be boring or difficult. Slice Fractions 2 makes the case for having fun while learning fundamental math concepts. This fantastic app is the sequel to the award-winning game Slice Fractions. Like its prequel, it has has rich visuals, an exciting gameplay, and clever puzzles to improve kids' conceptual understanding of fractions. What's new are the unique mechanics that add a layer of complexity to the game.
Tap and Slice to Clear the Path
In Slice Fractions 2, kids help a cute mammoth get his stolen hat back through over 100 puzzles set across three colorful worlds. The goal in each puzzle is to create help the mammoth move across the screen by strategically tapping snails, adorable ghosts, or other friendly creatures. As they play, kids learn important fractions concepts such as part-whole partitioning, equivalent fractions, common denominator, and fraction multiplication.
When kids begin the app, they first complete a series of tutorial that introduce them to the basic game rules. A key element is the interaction between orange and blue blocks: when a blue block is hit by an orange block of the same size, they vanish, effectively creating a clear path. Kids must figure out how to get these orange and blue blocks to collide, for example by using the snails to create a bridge. Kids can also manipulate the size of a block by slicing it into halves, thirds, or more.
Should kids make a mistake in a puzzle, for example by selecting the wrong order of tapping or slicing, they can tap the rewind icon in the top right corner to retry the level. If they are still unable to complete the level after several attempts, the app will provide hints to get them moving.
Parents Need to Know
Slice Fractions and Slice Fractions 2 are complimentary apps that cover different learning concepts inspired by the Common Core. In either apps, kids don't need to have preliminary knowledge of fractions. They can also enjoy Slice Fractions 2 even if they have not played Slice Fractions. That being said, I would recommend getting both apps for a complete learning experience. The Slice Fractions Bundle allows you to save 10% when you purchase both apps.
Slice Fractions 2 is designed for ages 6-12. The puzzles don't use words so reading is not necessary to play. The app has no ads or in-app purchases, and doesn't require an internet connection.
Things I Like
Slice Fractions 2 introduces kids to fraction concepts through an exciting, visually rich game. Solving the puzzles never feels like a chore, and it's all thanks to the playful way the app presents itself. Navigation is intuitive and easy, and the wordless approach means the app is accessible to kids of all reading levels.
In terms of level design, the app is indeed sound. I like how some puzzles can have more than one solution, just like real-world math problems. This encourages kids to look at problems in creative ways and helps build critical thinking.
I highly recommend Slice Fractions 2 if your child is struggling with fractions. With its rich visuals and playful mechanics, kids effectively build an understanding of fractions without realizing that they are, in fact, learning math. Because there are so many levels to work with, kids have plenty of opportunities to develop their skills.
App was provided for our honest review.
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