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Bugs? In Math?!

Math bugs is a fine little iPhone app that can help teach kids place value of individual numbers. It works by working with kids’ imaginations. While they design and build a bug doing an activity, they learn that certain elements give certain values. Let’s show you how.

First, pick a bug.

The one with the cups on her head look sufficiently silly.

Then, start adding features, such as legs, items, and wings. In this character you can add icing splotches, cups, candles, and teeth.

Build a cake making bug!

For example, look at the picture above. The kids added 9 splotches, 9 cups balancing on her head, 9 candles, and 9 teeth. This gives them the number 999.9.

The good news about this is that it’s sufficiently silly enough to keep kids (and adults) interested. It’s also free from the iTunes store. You can also get it for English, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. The bad news is that it’s not available for Android.


Huge thanks goes to Class Tech Tips (@ClassTechTips) for sharing this! Without them, we probably would have never found it since all of us use Android devices.