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Best apps for children for learning numbers.


Here are the best and most educational apps introducing early math concepts for preschool kids, kindergarten classess and first graders.
We featured apps and games teaching numbers, how to count (also finger counting), quantities, number sequences, simple operations like addition and subtraction, identifying and tracing numbers and more. These iPad and iPhone apps are excellent for strengthening kids early math skills, especially counting.

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The Lonely Beast 123 - Preschool Number Counting

The Lonely Beast 123 - Preschool Number Counting
by Pilcrow

Price: 0.99$
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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction
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What it is and what you do with it:a simple counting app (numbers 1-12).

Go through the scenes, tap objects and count along (e.g. fry 4 eggs, count 12 sheep before going to sleep etc).

What we liked: great illustrations. Simple animations. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: only linear navigation (the scenes can be viewed only from 1 to 12).

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Eggy Numbers 1 - 10

Eggy Numbers 1 - 10
by Blake eLearning

Price: 1.99$
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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.0.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is and what you do with it: a set of activities for number recognition, tracing and counting practice.

2 play modes: Counting (count appropriate number of animals) and Numbers (Dot to Dot/tracing/quantities and number recognition).

What we liked: good variety of activities. 3 difficulty levels. Simple graphics. Spoken instructions. Multiple user accounts. Simple rewards system.

What we didn't like: navigation could be more intuitive (and sometimes requires reading skills). Not all features are read out by the narrator (we recommend parental assistance). The tracing activities may be too repetitive for some kids.

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Playroom - Lessons with Max

Playroom - Lessons with Max
by MobileIgromatic

Price: 1.99$
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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Memory, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is: a set of 5 activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

What you do with it: the activities include: a hide and seek game, color/counting activity, puzzles (about 5 pieces each puzzle), memory game (4 pairs) and a matching pairs game.

For more details please see our See Before You Buy video (below).

What we liked: good variety of activities suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and special needs kids. Simple illustrations. Ease of use. Spoken instructions (with the option to include your own voiceovers). No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: only 1 level of difficulty for each activity. The narrator's voice could be more inspiring.

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Montessori Numberland - Learn to count and trace numbers

Montessori Numberland - Learn to count and trace numbers
by Les Trois Elles Interactive

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.6

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an app for developing early math skills (counting, identifying numbers, tracing, writing).

What you do with it: please see our video review.

What we liked: the concept, overall quality of the app, high educational value, easy operation, spoken instructions.

What we didn't like: relatively high price.

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Lola's Math Train - Learn Numbers and Counting!

Lola's Math Train - Learn Numbers and Counting!
by BeiZ Ltd.

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.8.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: a pack of activities (about 18 different activities) for developing and strengthening early math skills. 3 difficulty levels (numbers from 0 to 20).

What you do with it: the activities include: number and quantity recognition, counting, comparing numbers and quantities, number puzzles, patterns, addition, subtraction etc.

Complete the tasks and invite more and more friends for a train ride.
The activities get progressively difficult as you advance (start with basic counting and number recognition at the 'easy' level up to ?+?=8 type problems at the 'hard' level).

What we liked: the concept, wide range and good quality of activities, spoken instructions and visual clues, ease of use, simple graphics and animations, no distracting elements, the 'advancing difficulty' option.

What we didn't like: there is no option to choose a particular activity or group of activities. The activities can get a bit repetitive after some time. No progress/level tracking for parents.

Free preview: if you are not sure, please see our 'See before you buy' video (below) or try the free version of the app.

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Jazzy 123 - Count with Music

Jazzy 123 - Count with Music
by The Melody Book

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an app for teaching numbers and names of music instruments.

What you do with it:activities include:

numbers and counting practice - interactive flashcards with numbers and music instruments (e.g. number 2 is for '2 accordions', tap on the accordions to count them and listen to sounds they make)

counting mini game 1 - point to the correct number of instruments displayed on the screen

counting mini game 2 - move the correct number of instruments to the stage and hear them play a short tune

You can also take a picture with the 'musical kittens' and save it to the library on the device.

What we liked: the concept, simple graphics and animations, simple operation, 'jazzy' theme music, good quality audio (both narration and sounds of the instruments), good educational value, 12 language versions.

What we didn't like: in the flashcards activity we would like to see some more information about the instruments. The 'take a picture' activity is very simple.

Bottom line: a simple and fun to use app for teaching numbers and counting practice (plus teaching the names of various music instruments).

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First Grade Splash Math Learning Practice for Kids

First Grade Splash Math Learning Practice for Kids
by StudyPad

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Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 2.4.0

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Best for: Teacher & parent tools, Attention & concentration, Early math, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: a set of interactive math worksheets, 13 chapters covering place value, number sense, addition and subtraction concepts, data and graphs, time concepts, money counting (please check the producer's website for the full list of topics).

What you do with it: In the practice mode: choose the chapter and the type of activity (e.g. 'subtraction strategies'->'counting back') and solve presented problems by pointing to the correct answer. In the play mode the chapters/tasks are chosen by the system (using the range of material chosen by the user in the settings). For every correct answer the user gets 1 or 2 points (depending on the mode of play) + bonus points. The points can be exchanged for items for decorating the 'rewards' aquarium.

What we liked: very broad range of material (both in terms of math problems and concepts), high educational value (including the practice mode which allows mastering individual chapters depending on the user's progress, auto-adjusting of difficulty levels, tools for tracking and reporting user's progress), extensive configuration options, help and voice instructions, the rewards system, multiple user accounts.

What we didn't like: parental/teacher assistance is a must (the concepts and strategies are not explained in the app). We would prefer a human voice for the narration (the app uses a speech synthesizer).

Bottom line: may look expensive compared to other apps but if you are looking for a comprehensive set of math worksheets for 1st graders it is definitely worth recommending.

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TallyTots™ - Android version

TallyTots™ - Android version
by Spinlight

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Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 2.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive counting game (numbers 1-20)

What you do with it: there are simple activities for each number, e.g. racing 2 cars around the track, watering 5 plants, feeding a frog with 15 flies etc.

What we liked: the concept, overall quality of the app, easy operation, spoken instructions, good variety of activities.

What we didn't like: objects are not counted during an activity (there are sounds of objects instead). Some activities are more difficult (technically) than others and may require parental assistance.

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Lola's Math Train - Android version

Lola's Math Train - Android version
by BeiZ

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Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.59

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: a pack of activities (about 18 different activities) for developing and strengthening early math skills. 3 difficulty levels (numbers from 0 to 20).

What you do with it: the activities include: number and quantity recognition, counting, comparing numbers and quantities, number puzzles, patterns, addition, subtraction etc.

Complete the tasks and invite more and more friends for a train ride.
The activities get progressively difficult as you advance (start with basic counting and number recognition at the 'easy' level up to ?+?=8 type problems at the 'hard' level).

What we liked: the concept, wide range and good quality of activities, spoken instructions and visual clues, ease of use, simple graphics and animations, no distracting elements, the 'advancing difficulty' option.

What we didn't like: there is no option to choose a particular activity or group of activities. The activities can get a bit repetitive after some time. No progress/level tracking for parents.

Free preview: if you are not sure, please see our 'See before you buy' video (below) or try the free version of the app.

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Cutie Monsters Preschool - Android version

Cutie Monsters Preschool - Android version
by Little Phoenix Interactive

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Overall Score: 97/100

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is: an interactive counting book (from 1 to 10) plus a set of jigsaw puzzles with the monster theme (7 puzzles, about 3-4 pieces each).

What you do with it: read the book and tap the monster for sounds and animations. Tap on the numbers to hear them read out. The book includes a special 'touch read' mode (touch individual words to hear their pronunciation).

What we liked: simple graphics, fun characters, ease of use, no distracting elements.

What we didn't like: no 'read to me' mode with automatic narration (that's why we recommend parental assistance). The educational value could be higher (e.g. we missed some sort of 'count along' feature to count monsters' eyes, feet etc when they are tapped).

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