The Squeebles are coming! You rescued them in Times Tables: Squeebles Multiplication, played games with them in Spelling: Squeebles Words, and now it’s time to bake award winning cakes with the friendly little Squeebles in Squeebles Fractions! The only thing standing in your way is…the Maths Monster! He’s stolen all the ingredients and will only give them back if you can do well in the four fractions games.
I had two testers for this fun fractions app; an eight year old who has only encountered fractions in casual settings, and me. I consider myself to be decent at math, always getting high marks way back when, and able to teach my children anything they might not have picked up at school. But fractions used to challenge me, and thinking about common denominators made me worried that I would fail miserably at Squeebles fractions in front of my children! While they were at school, I loaded up the app and decided to go right to the hardest game and the hardest level. I was presented with 10 fraction addition problems and was so happy that I did well enough to earn a topping for a cake!
Squeebles Fractions consists of four games:
1) A Piece of Cake: Contains two levels, Easier and Harder. In this game the Squeebles are at a picnic and want part of a cake. In the easier level they ask for quarters, halves and thirds. In the harder version the cake is split into denominations up to twelfths. This is a great intro to fractions for younger children since they are able to simply tap each slice to count up to the right size portion without having to do any computations.
2) Tricky Pairs: Contains two levels, Easier and Harder. Tricky Pairs requires the player to match two fractions that equal each other like 1/2 and 2/4. This game starts to get a little more challenging and players will need to have a basic understanding of common denominators. The easy level has 8 cards laid out to match with numbers like 4/5 and 8/10. The harder level has 18 cards and denominations up to twelfths.
3) Think Big: Contains two levels, Easier and Harder. Two Squeebles think of fractions. The player needs to drag the cake to the bigger of the two fractions. The easy version is great for beginners as it contains quarters, halves and thirds. The harder game contains fractions up to twelfths (i.e. which is bigger 4/7 or 6/11).
4) Super Sums: Contains three levels, Easier, Medium and Harder. Answer 10 fraction addition questions and earn a bonus for getting them all right. The two fractions in each question of the easiest version all have the same denominator, while the hardest version requires changing the fractions to have common denominators.
Throughout the games, as you score more points or meet different time challenges, you win ingredients for the cake, cake entry tickets, and trophies. Once you have at least one entry ticket for the Cake Show, tap on the button in the home screen. There are four ways to customize each cake and the more you play the fractions games, the more customizations you will earn: cake mix, fillings, icings, and toppings. Once you are happy with your cake, enter it into the cake show and three Squeebles will judge it. Their scores, of course, include fractions!
Squeebles Fractions is a great introduction to fractions for elementary school students and will be a nice way to reinforce skills for those who have already begun to learn fractions in an academic setting. Fun and engaging, Squeebles Fractions will help keep your children’s attention as they work out the fraction equations and eat some delicious cake too!
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Seller: KeyStage Fun
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.