When launched Apple had their eye on this application placing it in the New and Noteworthy directory, and rightly so. I downloaded this shortly after release and my then 4 year-old boy loved playing this one; it helped his number counting and general number concepts. I can honestly say when he played this, he didn’t feel he was learning, but simply playing a game. We adults know better.
Available now on both the iPhone and the iPad, this is a full functioning and in-depth application and will keep your early learner engaged as they explore the world of number. There is in the description of the app on iTunes a mention of ‘in app purchases’ but I am unable to find how to purchase them. Nevertheless, this is an excellent program on its own, and should not be discounted because of the absence of these enhancements.
The application comes with 5 different games, concentrating on five different focuses. The developers write of them;
Helps your kids learn counting from 1 to 30 by feeding some monsters. Don’t worry, the monsters don’t bite but the game will definitely keep your kids occupied.
DO THE DOTTY
A simple but engaging connect-the-dots game that will help your kids recognize and memorize numbers in the right order. Oh, and don’t be surprised if they show you a moon that they have just colored blue!
A super hero donkey (Drizzle is his name) is all you need to get kids to compare numbers, without objects, from 1 to 10. And yeah, Drizzle can be tickled too!
This deceptively simple game uses a school of fish to demonstrate the concepts of greater than, less than and equal to! Your kids are gonna love the interactive environment.
TOOT TOOT TRAIN
From Chocolateville to Licorice Lane runs a train that relies on addition and subtraction. Curious? You will simply have to play the game!
The games are fun, filled with music and sound effects and each have rewards that the user can collect and put on their ‘My Stuff’ shelf.
Application For Education: If you have Kinders or Early Years students who are struggling with their general counting or number facts, then this is a great revision tool. You could sit 1-to-1 and watch them, assessing their progress and making note of their ability. Alternatively, if you’re a parent, just having this on your device would be a good headstart for your child’s learning. Teacher’s feel free to recommend this application to your parents. It’s well worth the price.