Happy Appy Monday: Moose Math

We bought Moose Math last week to help with preventing some of the infamous “summer slide”. I wasn’t sure how it would go over — if it would be a little young for LM, if he would find it too simple. He is going into 2nd grade, and may be a little older than the intended audience. No need to fear! The bright graphics and fun game play of Duck Duck Moose has lured him in. He chooses Moose Math daily for iPad time.

What You Practice: A variety of early elementary math skills: counting objects, adding objects to find a total, working on word problems, and early algebra (I have 2 and I need 7, how many more do I need?); children with beginning counting to early addition skills could use this app.

Access: There’s a lot of drag & drop in this app, but there is leeway for not placing objects “just right” into their spaces.

Picture featuring an empty blender in the middle, against a blue background. On the left, there is a recipe for "Sweet Cherry" - 6 sugar cubes and 6 cherries. On the right, there is an open refrigerator with sugar cubes and cherries to be added to the shake.

Moose Juice Activity.

What We Love: Duck Duck Moose never fails on putting together high quality graphics with really crisp design. The levels build skills bit-by-bit, so LM has never hit a frustration point where he wanted to quit and not return. I love that their feedback on right/wrong is not shaming. If you put the wrong number of ingredients in the blender, the shake just turns green instead of delightful pink — much like shakes could taste bad in real life with too much lettuce or beets! There’s also multiple mini-games to explore so that fatigue and boredom can take longer to accumulate.

LM Recommends: Moose Juice! He loves to throw fruit all over the screen, testing out different angles and velocities to make it into the blender. After throwing them around a while, he settles in and counts out the ingredients.

Parent report card for "Moose Juice Activity". Each of the levels is marked by a circle, which is colored based on percent mastery. Below are two columns. The first says "mastered skills" and lists "counting by ones up to 1". The second says "skills to improve" and lists "counting by ones up to 7".

Parent center report card for “Moose Juice Activity”. It shows the mastery percent for each level, as well as mastered and emerging skills. DDM’s high-quality design shows through even here.

Parent Corner: This is our first use of a Duck Duck Moose app with a Parent’s Corner “report card”. It lists the activity, which skills are targeted, your child’s current level, and a breakdown of mastery v. emerging skills. It was interesting to see where some of the skill breakdowns were occurring and what he is practicing while he plays.

Recommend: Yes.

** Author is not affiliated with this app and does not receive any compensation from this company.


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