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Learn through play: fun measurement games for the iPhone

Submitted by on January 5, 2011 – 8:57 amNo Comment

I love iPhone apps in general. You can find some really cool ones on the App Store and when it comes to educational kids apps the scene is very colourful with so much to choose from to entertain your children as well as stimulate their learning skills. The interactive interface is ideal for little hands to handle improving hand to eye coordination. I am always on the lookout for good educational apps particularly those that complement my son’s school work that’s why I was impressed with the latest app in the Mathomatix series, Measurement, by Punflay. Measurement has a series of fun games related to all types of measurements engaging children with familiar objects. The Crazy Clock is an easy game that relates certain activities in the day with a set time and kids need to position the hands correctly by moving the minutes hand to find it. Action time is a game that requires good hand to eye coordination to place the moving letters in their correct spot to spell the months of the year; this is a great game that helps with spelling as well as going over the yearly calendar. Short and long is a good game for the really young ones who get to compare two objects and have to pick the shortest or the longest; questions are all mixed up so a certain amount of attention is necessary to avoid falling into error. My two favourite games are the Scale Tale that compares the weight of objects with the help of the one-eyed monster whose arms are scales that tell which of the two objects is the heaviest or the lightest and Fill Me Up, which is a great way to measure volume. Filling jugs and bottles is a traditional method to teach the concept of volume to children and for as much fun it may be it certainly creates a lot of mess, the screen version is still fun and has the added bonus of being mess free, how about that? As kids succeed in their task they collect the reward icons to go on the shelf; rewards are an important part of learning so this feature is definitely a welcome touch to finish off a good all round educational addition to our collection.


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