Bugs and Numbers

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Engaging math games span preschool through early elementary.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn math skills from preschool level on up to elementary skill math. Preschoolers can learn to recognize numerals, the concept of left and right direction, counting, and matching shapes. Kindergartners can learn to form numerals and shapes, count to 100, make comparisons, and do basic math up to 10. Elementary kids can learn about money, fractions, measurements, patterns, telling time, and addition and subtraction. Bugs and Numbers is a learning investment that will pay off with use by multiple kids and/or for multiple years.

Ease of Play

The controls are intuitive enough for a preschooler to easily navigate.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bugs and Numbers covers a wide range of math skills -- spanning preschool through early elementary -- all in one educational app. Preschoolers would do best to start at the beginning and work their way through the progression of the games. The first six games cover preschool skills. The next six are geared to kindergarten skills, and the third six focus on early elementary skills.

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Parent of a 2 and 5-year-old Written bySynergie17 September 18, 2014


I purchased this app about 1.5 yrs ago for my (then) 3 y.o. son. He has loved this app from the start. It's still his go-to activity on the ipad. I love th... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Against a backdrop of the world from a bug's perspective, with lots of realistic-looking bugs around, kids explore math concepts like matching, counting, sorting, sequencing, addition, subtraction, fractions, money, measurements, and telling time. The educational app is divided into three sections of six games each, all set in places bugs may (ick!) like to explore -- like a diner, a hotel, a junk yard, or a circus. Kids earn bugs by completing each game and can zoom in to watch their bugs in action.

Is it any good?

Bugs and Numbers is an app that all the kids in your home -- from preschool through early elementary school -- can enjoy and learn with. The variety of skills covered is not often found in apps -- kids can learn their numbers, how to count money and tell time, and develop an understanding of fractions all in one app. The graphics are incredibly realistic (beautiful, actually, if you agree that bugs are beautiful). Parents can set up separate accounts for multiple kids by going to settings on their device and finding Bugs and Numbers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • With the variety of games and skill levels available, parents may need to help kids find the right games for their level.

  • Involve kids in real-world math practice in your daily routing -- talk out loud when counting change or looking at the clock to tell time. Hearing the thoughts will deepen their understanding.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, counting, fractions, grouping, measurement, money, numbers, patterns, sequences, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving
    Self-Direction: academic development
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: December 13, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Bugs
  • Size: 327.00 MB
  • Publisher: Little Bit Studio, LLC.
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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