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Elmo Loves 123s



Kids learn numbers with beloved Muppets.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Sesame Street caters to the preschool crowd, and the app's controls are easy for a preschooler to navigate. Games flow right into the next, but kids do have to click to choose to change activities.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Though parents can access the iTunes store from the app to see more Sesame Street apps, the shopping cart only appears on the parent page and has written directions to hold down the icon to unlock the cart.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Elmo Loves 123s is designed to teach preschoolers numbers from 1 to 20. Sesame Street favorites Elmo and Abby introduce kids to the number and activities. In Sesame Street style, little ones' best interests are the focus. When first opening the app, parents can view information about their kids' past play, including time played, numbers and activities covered, and percentages correct, but kids can't access those screens without restarting the game.

What's it about?

Elmo and Abby share their love of numbers with the player. Elmo has kids choose a number, 1 to 20, from a colorful screen. Kids then trace the chosen number before viewing a classic Sesame Street video clip incorporating the number. Each number includes three different videos and three activities involving each number -- a puzzle, a search-and-find game where kids look for the numeral hidden around Sesame Street, and a count and fill the bucket game. Kids can also choose from three coloring pages for each number. Abby introduces kids to addition and subtraction as she has kids add and take away monsters in different scenes.

Is it any good?


Sesame Street knows how to get preschool learning right. Elmo and Abby offer praise and encouragement as kids figure out the games, and the variety of offerings for each number keeps kids interested. Kids do have to take the initiative to change numbers or change from video to coloring to games. Otherwise, the play repeats on a loop with the same activities rotating within that category -- kids will just keep doing puzzles of the number five until they choose something else, for example. The parent reports are a nice bonus, but kids have to complete the activity for it to be recorded, and many won't be logged due to preschooler attention spans shifting gears in the midst of an activity.

Families can talk about...

  • Choose a number to focus on learning. Have your kid explore that number in Elmo Loves 123s and then look for representations of that number throughout the day.

  • Talk aloud as you add to and take away from things (You have four grapes on your plate. I give you one more. Now how many do you have?)

App details

Devices:iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
Subjects:Math: addition, counting, numbers, subtraction
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving
Self-Direction: academic development
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:December 10, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Numbers and letters, Puppets
Size:462.00 MB
Publisher:Sesame Street
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Parent Written byAnitaT March 16, 2013

Elmo is nice, but app isn't much.

Kid, 10 years old March 15, 2013

Helps Good For Schools

Helps Kids Learn Numbers
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Teen, 13 years old Written byalessde03 May 26, 2016


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