I love the first line in the App Store description for Number Bonds: “It’s time to set your child on the path to becoming smarter than you!”. That’s classic! Number Bonds is a solid educational app that teaches the relationships of the numbers 0-10. It’s recommended for children ages 3-7. The activities in this app progress in difficulty and children unlock levels as they go so they steadily build upon the number skills that they are learning. The activities are presented in a storyline about a space traveler who is trying to communicate with other space creatures about numbers. As he helps them learn numbers his rocket fills with fuel and he can fly on to his next location.
Number Bonds uses colored rods to represent the concept of numbers and simple addition. Children will start with colored rods and they must match different sized (and colored) rods to create a whole rod. They’ll use several different sizes and once they have a handle on using the sizes numbers will be added in. Now the different sized rods will have a number to associated with their size. Children must match up the different sizes to create the whole which will also add up to ten. I went through the beginning activities and was impressed with the way the concept was addressed. The graphics are simple and there are no sounds or distractions when children are working with the rods. They can manipulate the rods on the screen and after they help fill the rocket up with fuel they will be rewarded with a colorful animation as the ship flies across the screen.
I really like the way Number Bonds by Thinkout presents the concepts of numbers. I found it intuitive and effective and will be giving this app a go with Miss J when she gets just a bit older.
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Price when Reviewed: $2.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.