While games like Plants vs. Zombies and Fruit Ninja might help your child get through the line at the grocery store, learning how to effectively splatter virtual fruit is not going to help on her next math quiz. But a game like Motion Math might.
In Motion Math, available for iPhone, iTouch and iPads, players must help a star return to a galaxy far, far away by using their knowledge of fractions to place numbers correctly on a number line. Kids tilt the phone to drop the star on the correct part of the number line, and the game gives gradual hints to students that need a little help.
As described on the website, Motion Math “was inspired by academic research into embodied cognition, the idea that connecting one’s body to abstract concepts can deepen understanding.” With more and more kids getting their hands on a parent’s iPhone, we’re sure to see more education apps coming to an itunes store near you. Not a bad way to spend a buck.