A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
Talk to your kids 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?)
- Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, numbers, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving
Self-Direction: academic development
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: April 30, 2015
- Category: Educational Games
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Numbers and Letters, Puppets
- Size: 520.00 MB
- Publisher: Sesame Street
- Version: 1.3.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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