If you’re traveling with little ones this summer, you may be looking for that ideal app for your trip. You want one that will keep them entertained but also teach them so they’ll arrive a bit smarter than when they left home.
Drive About: Number Neighborhood is a brand new app, released yesterday by ArtGig, the developers of Mystery Math Town, Marble Math, Shake-a-Phrase, and more. This new educational app is packed with fun mini-games so your children will have no idea that they’re actually learning as they play!
Geared for pre-school and kindergarten students who are learning their numbers, this app takes your kids on a virtual adventure of mini-games. The players embark on a road trip across many different types of terrain, including land, sea and sky, learning basic math skills as they play.
Drive About helps children to have fun while learning:
- Number Identification
- Number Writing
The main screen of the app is a colorful road map to give you a big picture of the game. At stops along the way a player can tap on mini-games to be taken to a new screen. Animations, sounds and voice prompts guide the player through the next steps. You can turn the music on or off, or give your child headphones if you don’t want to hear the music!
Drive About contains nine mini-games, including:
- Snowboard Slalom – guide a yak down a ski slope to touch the flags in numerical order
- Catch-a-Sea Pickle – tap the sea pickles when the target number pops up
- Space Vacuum – use the vacuum to collect the proper number of donuts, marbles and more
- Number Painting – create a masterpiece by matching the colors to the numbers on a drawing
- Whale Feeding – use a slingshot to feed the proper number of cabbages to the hungry whale
The mini-games use adorable creatures that the players can tap on, move, color and swipe to progress in the game. In addition to engaging a child, the app helps develop fine motor skills as the player maneuvers through the games. For example, in the Cloud Writing mini-game the player traces numbers on the screen to help with learning to write numbers.
Drive About is filled with helpful cues to help guide children to achieving their goals. Wrong answers are gently rejected while right answers are celebrated, giving players incentive to try to answer correctly.
A Parents Section is available that will give you more information about the app, including the mini-games. You can turn the music on or off within the Parents Section.
Drive About is available in English, Spanish, French, Russian and Portuguese.
You can get Drive About for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store for $2.99.
An Android version is expected to be released soon. Stay tuned to The Wonder of Tech for updates!
If you’re looking for an app to educate and entertain young children, check out Drive About Number Neighborhood. If you know any families with young children who are headed out on a trip this summer, gift them this app. You may make their vacation a much more enriching experience!
Do you know any children who are learning their numbers? Do you enjoy apps that teach children as they play? Do you like the mini-game concept to take children on a journey of learning? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!