What is it
appolino® Plus and Minus is a child-friendly app to help teach children maths. Children work out the sums by dragging the number blocks to the correct place. Once they have worked out the answer they can type it in and find out if they are correct. There are 54 levels in separate modules covering addition, subtraction and number pyramids for numbers up to 20, 100 and 1000.
What our team of testers said
"I worked it out and I got it right." - Girl aged 9 (who struggles with maths)
"Yeah I got it, I'm clever!" - Boy aged 6
"It has helped them both immensely with their maths." - Parent
- Helps children practice different methods for maths
- Different levels mean children can keep progressing further
- The hands-on approach supports multi sensory learning
What our experts think
Parents said their children became really engrossed in the activities – they seemed to really enjoy the challenge of problem solving! Children can learn to add and subtract even large numbers by moving number blocks or using number pyramids, which is a great interactive approach to developing mathematical thinking. This is particularly good for children who struggle with maths, as trying out different methods can help with understanding.
Feedback is also given immediately, helping children link the correct answer to the question – they can celebrate getting the correct answer which builds confidence, or understand if they have answered wrong (children are then shown the correct answer to further support learning).
It would be even better if...
The games were a little difficult to understand at first which some children found frustrating, and this put them off playing initially. It would be useful to have instructions at the beginning of the games.
Children could also be encouraged to keep playing with rewards or congratulations when they get the correct answer, to help build confidence.
- Brands: appolino®, von Lehrmittelverlag St. Gallen
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes - no restrictions required
- Languages available: English, French, German
- Apple version: iPad
Requires iOS 6.0 or later
- Android version: 3.0 and up
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Memory, concentration & attention
Numeracy, counting & money