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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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Learn to count numbers with Teacher TIlly

Learn to count numbers with Teacher TIlly

Price: 2.99$

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Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is/what you do with it: a set of 5 activities for number recognition and counting practice, e.g. pointing to the correct number on the screen, completing number sequences, counting items on the screen etc.

What we liked: a good variety of activities. Simple graphics. Spoken instructions. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the educational value could be higher (e.g. the numbers are not read out, there is no counting along feature in the counting activity). Some of the activities are very basic and can quickly get repetitive. No clues. The interface could be more intuitive.

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Elmo Loves 123s

Elmo Loves 123s

Price: 4.99$

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Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 1.3.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: math practice (numbers 1 to 20) with Elmo and Abby from Sesame Street: tracing, videos, coloring pages, mini-games.

Covers: number identification, number tracing, counting groups of objects, addition & subtraction, problem solving.

What we liked: the concept. Great selection of learning material and activities. Features original Sesame Street characters. Narration and spoken instructions. Sound backgrounds and sounds. Ease of use. No ads or other distracting features.

What we didn't like: the games in the 'learn numbers with Elmo' section are a bit basic.

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Approach to Montessori - Numbers HD

Approach to Montessori - Numbers HD

Price: free

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Overall Score: 90/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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

What it is: six activities based on the Montessori method for teaching early math.

What you do with it: six activities: simple counting (0-9), tracing numbers, number rods in and number beads for sequencing and recognizing quantity, number blocks for counting and recognizing quantity and counters for counting, recognizing quantity and learning odd and even numbers.

What we liked: the concept, high quality graphics, easy operation, number of options for each activity, detailed instructions for each activity (for teachers and parents), audio instructions for children.

What we didn't like: the interface is a little slow (e.g. 'opening' animations could be left out). Not enticing enough for kids to play on their own. We had a problem with identifying the target group for this app: for parents of kids from the Montessori schools this app will be redundant, for those who are not familiar with Montessori concepts this may be too difficult or too abstract.

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Park Math HD - Duck Duck Moose

Park Math HD - Duck Duck Moose

Price: free (was 2.99$)

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Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.0.5

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is: a pack of 7 activities for development and strengthening early math skills (counting, addition, comparisons, subtraction, patterns, sorting). 3 levels of difficulty (preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade).

What you do with it: count by feeding a hippo or by swinging a bunny on a swing, add ducks, subrtact apples, complete patterns, balance mice on the see-saw, sort numbered dogs.

What we liked: simple tasks, good quality graphics, easy operation, voice clues, additional interactive elements, overall 'look and feel' and quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the difficulty range is too broad for younger kids (kids who start to count will have problems with addition/subtraction), on the other hand the activities will be too boring for older kids (who can count well and want to learn more complex subjects). Even the 'levels' system does not change much here (it simply changes the numerical range within the tasks). The activities may become boring once you go through all of them.

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Splish Splash Inn HD

Splish Splash Inn HD

Price: free

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Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 2.3.1

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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: a simple counting app with additional musical features with the 'sea animals' theme.

What you do with it: open the door to see the sea creatures, and count along with the narrator. Touch the creatures to play music notes.

What we liked: very easy operation, the illustrations are simple and nice. The main educational feature (counting real objects) is good, especially for younger kids. We liked the music effects (when you touch the creatures).

What we didn't like: the idea of the 'underwater hotel' and the shark in the room was too abstract for us. We didn't like the 'child' pronunciation (adult voice even as an option would be better). The animations are very simple.

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GazziliMath

GazziliMath

Price: 1.99$

May contain `more apps` links
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Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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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 6 math-based activities: numerals, counting, adding one, ten, subtraction, a half.

Listen to the instructions and complete the given task, e.g. identify number of animals, add the correct number of frogs to make 10 etc.

What we liked: the concept. Engaging activities. Simple illustrations and animations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Spoken instructions. The Fun Page rewards feature. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: navigation could be more kid-friendly. May get a bit repetitive after you go through the activities more than once.

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Montessori Numberland - Learn numbers with Montessori

Montessori Numberland - Learn numbers with Montessori

Price: 3.99$

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Overall Score: 88/100

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, hight educational value, easy operation, spoken instructions.

What we didn't like: none.

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5 Monkeys Play Hide and Seek - Android version

5 Monkeys Play Hide and Seek - Android version

Price: 2.99$

May contain `more apps` links
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Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 1.35

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early math, Interaction, Language, Personal & social

What it is: an interactive version of the book by Eileen Christelow (about 20 pages long) + a simple counting activity.

What you do with it:three ways of 'reading' this book: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: tap the numbers to count along (there are 3 'counting' scenes with numbers up to 10, 24 and 104).

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Picture-word associations. Professional narration. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator, you can easy repeat a paragraph). The option to record and share your own narration.

What we didn't like: limited interactivity (there are only picture-word type animations).

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Count, Sort and Match

Count, Sort and Match

Price: 1.99$

May contain `more apps` links
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Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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

What it is: a pack of 3 activities for development and strengthening early math skills.

What you do with it: the activities include: counting to 20 (count the objects on the tree, learn the number's name and the spelling, trace the number and its name), sorting (sort the laundry by the shape, color or size) and matching (match the number with equal number of candies, numbers from 1 to 12).

What we liked: the concept, audio instructions, no distracting elements, easy operation and navigation.

What we didn't like: the activities are rather simple and can quickly become repetitive (e.g. everytime in the counting activity you have exactly the same order of numbers, simply from 1 to 20). The rewards system may not be sufficient to keep a child occupied for long. Various difficulty levels would make this app more fun.

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Monster Book of Numbers

Monster Book of Numbers

Price: 0.99$

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Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Early math, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: the iPad version of the Monster Book of Numbers by Calvin Innes. About 14 pages.

Count the funny-named monsters (Yips, Pitucks, Zibdobs) then check the answer. Counting from 1 to 10 plus introduction of 15,20,50

What we liked: cute illustrations. Humor and fun factors.

What we didn't like: rather limited features (no narration, no interactions, no counting-along features - we recommend parental assistance).

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