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App of the Week: The Counting Kingdom

By Stephen Noonoo
May 26th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.
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The Counting Kingdom

What’s It Like? The Counting Kingdom is a math game that helps kids hone addition skills. The game begins with a brief animated story about monsters invading the castle towers. To protect the castles, kids have to link numbered monsters together to produce sums, which are displayed on pages from a spell book. If they get the sums correct, magic spells are cast and the monsters are destroyed. However, with each passing try, any remaining monsters get closer to the castle tower.

Price: $2.99

Grades: K-3

Pros: Kids solve challenging math problems and build critical-thinking skills as levels progress in difficulty.

Cons: Navigation can be a bit tricky to figure out.

Bottom line: With engaging gameplay and solid math content, it’s an excellent way for kids to learn and use addition and problem-solving strategies.

 

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.