What is it
Bongo Balance is a jungle themed app that aims to teach the fundamentals of balancing equations by having them settle feuds between tribal monkey clans.
Players are shown an ‘equation’ of fruit clusters, with one monkey tribe representing the left of the equation and the other tribe representing the right side. Players add and subtract clusters of fruit on each side to bring the amount of fruit into balance, just like with atoms in a chemical equation.
The equations get harder to balance as the children progress; it advances from fruit to actual chemical symbols.
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"That one's happy, now I need to match the bananas!" - Girl aged 9
"This is really making me think!" - Girl aged 9
"It's quite challenging and I like finding out the best way to get the balance." - Girl aged 8
- Introduces children to balancing equations
- Gets children using logic and mathematical problem solving
- Shows children how equations can use symbols
What our experts think
Bongo Balance is an fantastically educational app that provides a brilliant introduction to the world of balancing equations. The app made our testers think and encouraged logical and mathematical thinking…and perseverance! The jungle theme and the ‘groovy’ music were also very popular.
We really liked the way in which the app started off using fruit and then progressed to balancing equations involving symbols. This was a great way to get children to look at the relationship between numbers.
It would be even better if...
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It would have been good to have a hint button so that if children got stuck, they had an option to get some help and not just give up.
- Brands: Filament Games
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- Child Restrictions: Yes - no restrictions required
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later
- Android version: 4.2 or later
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Logic, strategy & problem solving