Before my review, I must admit that I have used this app for a span with my children and writing this in my own experience! My 4 year old has just started with his pre-schooling. He is an intelligent little soul but has a very short attention span. I have been trying to make him sit with books and then sit with him to nurture his interest and make him learn. But given his nature, he gets bored quite easily and that is a big challenge for me. Math Tales- the Jungle has been a blessing in disguise for me. I accidentally stumbled upon it and decided to give it a try. I just did not want to leave any stone unturned. I was skeptical and worried in the beginning but now I am excited about how this beautiful app has brought him to at least sit down with the iPad and learn something that will help him in school.
The app is a must have for every parent struggling like me to make their child learn a little. What has really helped him is how Math Tales is so interactive. The tale format of the app eliminates the possibility of boredom and makes him sit down. The narratives are quite interesting and that is the prime reason that he looks forward to solving the math puzzles that pop up in between. He is very curious about how the story will end and that keeps him glued to the app. I’m so happy that he has been learning some addition, subtraction and logical thinking through it.
As a parent I can see the app as a quite effective learning tool that has been diligently fashioned for its target users: the children. They love colors, animations and the dynamic and interactive graphics all of which is an integral part of the app. Moreover, without them even knowing that they have been learning something, they are learning it. What has made me even happier is that he’ll now prefer using the app than watching the mindless cartoons on television. Though I have a book of nursery rhymes for him, he is more excited to learn them through the app because he can watch it like a story. Basically the app is catering to every need of a child: aesthetic, aural, visual and mental and the desire of the parents to see their child learn.