Step into a whimsical world of flying pigs, talking pandas, hopping kangaroos, and buzzing bees! They’re all your friends in a wild, magical math world. In the role of Piggy, your kids will explore Numberland and enjoy a dazzling array of games and activities.
Special sound effects, 3-D animation, and colorful scenes will captivate kids as they explore and practice important math concepts. Whether they are climbing trees, visiting Bee’s toy store, or playing in the Imagination Machine Room, your students will improve number sense and counting skills, work with addition and subtraction, apply numerical reasoning, and work with geometric shapes.
Why is Piggy in Numberland so fun?
Piggy in Numberland is captivating—not just because the high-quality graphics draw students into a magical world... and not just because the playful characters talk, hop, and fly! Piggy in Numberland is challenging—not just because there are so many places to explore... and not just because there are fun secrets to discover. Piggy in Numberland is successful because its whimsical environment and engaging activities make building math skills fun! So if you have been waiting ’til pigs fly for a Pre k-1 math program that’s conceptually solid and also rivals the best in pure entertainment, you’ve waited long enough!
In Numberland, students become one of the cartoon-like characters and are truly a part of the magic. When they enter the program, they take on the character of “Piggy.” As Piggy, students will try out nearly a dozen different mathematical games. Varying in format from the familiar dot-to-dot to fantasy board games, all the activities revolve around numerical and geometric concepts. Taken together, the games cover four general concepts:
- basic numbering
- addition and subtraction
- place value; base ten concept
- geometric shapes
What happens in Piggy in Numberland?
Piggy is the star of the show, but a fun group of cartoon playmates will make your students feel right at home. Panda, Bee, Mother Kangaroo, and others will play alongside your students, patiently helping them, offering encouragement, and correcting mistakes. As students play the different games, their success helps to build Piggy’s “brain power.”
When students have gained enough brain power, they are invited to use Numberland’s powerful Imagination Machine. This machine lets them turn imagined toys into real ones, which are then sold in Bee’s Toy Store. Even this reward is firmly grounded in mathematical concepts—students will identify, match, and name geometric shapes and compare relative sizes as they build their toys.
Valuable to your early mathematics program
These important elements are why Piggy in Numberland is so valuable to your early mathematics program:
- immediately accessible to students; there are no words that students must read nor are there any icons to be explained
- meaningful contexts, where knowing about numbers makes sense
- motivating and engaging activities
- a progression of overlapping math content that scaffolds up appropriately
- modeling opportunities by the Numberland characters who encourage, suggest strategies, or give instructional guidance during play
- numerous opportunities for self correction
Inside the games: math content
What kind of math content should be learned by preschool to 1st grade children, and in what order? The answer to this question was culled from existing educational research and from the scientific knowledge found in cognitive development research. The content—the important skills and concepts and their appropriate progression—is detailed by the research team in the mathematical concepts and skills section. Piggy in Numberland games were designed to support this content.
Primary grade students are naturally curious and open to learning as long as fun is involved! A good educational game will hold students’ attention, it will motivate them, and it will make learning fun—all without sacrificing educational goals.
The creators of Piggy in Numberland
Piggy in Numberland was developed by a core team of cognitive psychologists, software engineers, graphic artists, and musicians. The program was produced, tested, and modified as a part of a research effort headed by Drs. J. Arthur Woodward and Shaw-Jing Chao, Department of Psychology, UCLA. The program is based on research into the early development of number sense and includes a scaffolded progression of math content. Solid math concepts, meaningful contexts, strategy modeling, and self-correction provide the integrity of the program while Piggy and his friends provide the fun!