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Lola’s Math Train 2!

by Pennie on February 6, 2014

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Parents kept asking us for more challenging tasks to our best-selling math game, Lola’s Math Train. Enter Lola’s Math Train 2, with more challenging addition, subtraction and multiplication tasks. Hop on board and join Lola Panda™ on a new Math Journey!

Lola’s Math Train 2 is designed for children between 6-8 years old. The game starts with easier tasks of addition and number sequencing, but gets more challenging when the child’s skills improve. After finishing some math tasks, the player gets to choose an outfit for a costume party.

In the parental section, you can track your child’s progress with Lola Panda™ Progress Tracker. It gives you an overview of which tasks are difficult or easy for your child.

Key Features:

  • addition, subtraction, multiplication, odd and even numbers, sequencing
  • Three starting levels to choose from
  • Difficulty adjusts automatically to suit the child’s skills

– Progress Tracker with Lola Panda™ child lock. Reporting inside the application.

For smaller children, we still recommend Lola’s Math Train.

Pennie’s take:

I had the opportunity to play Lola’s Math Train 2 with my grandson, who is only 5 years old (he is in pre-school). The application is recommended for kids from 6 to 8, so even the basic level was too advanced for him.

I did some research online about what math skills a kindergarten student (6 year old) should have and I found that she/he should be able to :

  • Identify and be able to write numbers from 0 to 20
  • Count by ones and tens to 100
  • Do addition problems with sums up to 10
  • Do subtraction problems with numbers 0 to 10

The entry level of Math Train 2 asks the child to do math and subtraction above the number ten. One of the first things that came up was an add problem like 20 + 40 (or 35 + 6) and choose the correct answer from 3 choices. This seems a little advanced for a 6 year old. 

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Another entry level task was to pick 2 numbers from 4 choices that add up to the answer of 10. This seemed like an appropriate task for the age group. 

Another task was to pick all the odd or even numbers from a group of 8 numbers.

Next the child would be asked to pick a missing shape from a group of 3 answers. The shapes were all the same (a circle cut into 4 pie slices with a different color in each slice), that were rotated in a slightly different orientation. In other words the pie was rotated 90 degrees either clockwise or counter-clockwise and the child had to pick the correct picture for the 3rd or 4th position. Again I think this seems a little advanced for a 6 year-old.

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Another task is arranging number from small to large but they are numbers that go higher than 10. There are other tasks that are in this same vein. The tasks increase in complexity as they finish tasks correctly. I like that idea because it encourages them to move forward and increases their skills the more the app is used.

The more advanced levels present tasks of the same type, but slightly harder. They also add in multiplication and division, which seems more appropriate for the age levels. At the age of 8, I’m not sure the graphics, music and rewards would be as appealing. My suggestion is that the graphics/music update as the levels advance.

Overall, I like the application, it just seems a little skewed for age, but I think that probably is specific to the child and their capabilities. The skills that are being taught and reinforced are important and I think they are doing a good job at encouraging kids to become better at math. 

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I would definitely recommend that parents check out this application for their children, based not on age but on capabilities!

For more information on Lola’s Math Train 2 visit the official application website or watch Lola Panda application videos on YouTube. Lola Panda’s Math Train 2 will be available on iTunes and Google Play on 2/6/14 for $1.99.

I received a copy of this application to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.

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1 Maralea February 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

This is an app my grandkids would love!

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