Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product.
Product: Marbotic Smart Numbers
Age Range: 3 to 7 years
Manufacturer’s Description: Smart Numbers is the first interactive smart toy of its kind, made from wood and designed specifically for smart tablets, Smart Numbers helps children discover their love for numbers.
Review: Georgie and Lydia love playing educational apps on the iPad, and especially love it when there are physical elements to interact with as well as the screen. Smart Numbers is a great example of this, and the girls have really been enjoying this “connected toy”.
We have had Smart Numbers for a while now, and it is proving to be a great toy for practicing numeracy skills.
Smart Numbers has ten wooden numbers, 0 to 9, each with a little metal handle and conductive plastic dots on the underside that are interpreted by the apps on the tablet, so it knows which number is being placed on the screen. The numbers are really lovely; well made and with brightly painted numbers on the wooden shapes, all different colours.
You can use the Smart Numbers with most iPads (all but the original model), and with a variety of Samsung and Nexus android tablets.
There are three different apps; 10 fingers, Up to 100, and More or Less:
- 10 fingers helps children to learn to count up to 10, using their fingers, and multitouch. Aimed at children aged 2 to 5 years, it also introduces addition basics.
- Up to 100 helps children discover the concept of units and double digit numbers. It has 3 different difficulty levels which lets you increase the level of challenge involved,and is aimed at children aged 4 to 7 years old.
- More or less helps children explore addition and subtraction, aimed at children aged 5 to 8 years old. Again, it has 3 different difficulty levels allowing it to challenge your child.
All three apps use Montessori concepts to help children visualise the numbers, and are all very intuitive to use – both girls were able to jump right into using them with the Smart Numbers.
This interactive smart toy is a great way to encourage children to learn their numbers and improve their understanding of mathematical concepts through play. They work really well and feel like great quality – really well made and a joy to use.
The only criticism I have is of the cost; at £34.99 they do feel a touch overpriced, however you do get all three apps free.
We give Smart Numbers 4 stars.
In addition to their Smart Numbers product, Marbotic have also released Smart Letters, to help children aged 3 to 6 to read & write.