Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Familar art, beautiful music accompany simple counting app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn counting with numbers 1 to 10 and learn some vocabulary for food items. They'll also practice good listening skills and following directions to complete the tasks. Kids will get lots of repetition and exposure to counting in this educational app as they count foods that the caterpillar wants to eat, and for counting skills practice makes perfect! Still -- even with several games -- the app isn't likely to hold most kids' attention for long. Though kids can learn and practice counting with Counting with the Very Hungry Butterfly, it's not strong in engagement or depth.

Ease of Play

The interface is preschooler-friendly, and kids just tap their answers. They do have to choose "done" to move on to the next screen, but the button begins flashing to remind kids if they don't tap it quickly.

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A button on the main screen with a cute caterpillar takes kids to a list of more apps to purchase, which links directly to the app stores.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar is an educational app based on the Eric Carle book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and it's designed to teach kids counting. You'll find artwork from the popular book in the app, as well as background music by Mozart, but you won't find the original story.

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What's it about?

Kids progress through five levels of counting games where they tap foods from the popular children's book to count them. In Level 1, kids tap the food, causing holes as if the caterpillar took a bite, and then hear the narrator count and name the food. In Level 2, kids tap only the food they are instructed to tap for the caterpillar to eat, and in Level 3, kids tap only the stated number of food items. Level 4 combines the tasks from Levels 1 and 2. Level 5 is a timed game where kids tap as many of the foods the caterpillar chooses within one minute.

Is it any good?

Young preschoolers may be excited by the familiar illustrations from the book, and they can easily navigate through the levels counting foods and following instructions. Kids must hit the "done" button after each screen to advance to the next, which may cause little ones some frustration. You can boost the level of challenge a bit by choosing a random order of numbers rather than sequential order in the options, but there is not much to engage preschoolers for long -- even with the five levels.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Show your preschooler how counting is used in the real world -- counting the number of forks needed for dinner, for example.

  • Try some of the foods featured in the story and let you preschooler evaluate if he likes them or not.

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