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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about numbers and counting by seeing the matching written numeral and counting up to that target number. By comparing where numbers are on the number line or noticing that 20 marbles is more than 13 balloons, kids can also begin to get a sense of bigger and smaller.
Ease of Play
For some activities, it may not be immediately obvious what to do, but it won't take much experimenting to figure it out.
Products & Purchases
A small icon asks users to complete a simple addition equation before taking them to advertisements for other apps from the same developer.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Buddies: 123s exposes kids to numbers and counting through mini interactive games and with the help of a whole host of popular Disney characters. The app was developed in collaboration with Spinlight Studio, the makers of the very popular TallyTots Counting -- and it shows. The two apps are nearly identical except that Disney Buddies: 123s has Disney characters and is slightly simplified. Parents can turn off the background music and/or sound effects in the settings menu, which is protected behind a parent gate. There's extensive coverage of how your information might be collected and shared in the developer's privacy center.
Is It Any Good?
Kids will be delighted by a super-kid-friendly user experience and clever counting games. This Disney-fied version of TallyTots Counting is best suited for kids and families who love everything Disney, as kids will see characters as varied as Beauty and Beast to Big Hero, though really little kids might not recognize them yet. There's lots of repetition to drive home the connection between written numeral, number name, and the quantity both represent. One significant downside is that the app is somewhat of a one-trick pony in that activities are short, and once kids complete the number set up to 20, they simply repeat the same things over and over, but the preschool set is often happy to see the same thing over and over, so this won't deter the youngest players.
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