Elmo Loves 123s for iPad

Common Sense Media says

Kids learn numbers with beloved Muppets.

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Learning(i)

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids enter no personal data at all. Scores and time played is tracked for the parent's information.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • counting
  • numbers
  • subtraction

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Amusing videos and engaging games draw kids in to playing from the get-go. As always, Abby and Elmo are terrific playmates.

Learning Approach

Kids encounter each number in a variety of ways to broaden their understanding of quantity as well as how to count and form numerals.

Support

Sesame Workshop offers an abundance of additional resources, and kids intuitively interact with each game.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • counting
  • numbers
  • subtraction

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn how to recognize and trace numerals and count from 1 to 20. Kids also begin some early addition and subtraction. Elmo provides interactive cues and guidance to help preschoolers learn to listen. At almost every step, the app empowers kids to choose which number or activity to explore. A parents' section tracks progress and time played. Elmo Loves 123s offers preschoolers an excellent tool for learning numbers and counting 1 to 20.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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

Device:iPad
Price:$4.99
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
Version:1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written byAnitaT March 16, 2013
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Elmo is nice, but app isn't much.

Kid, 10 years old March 15, 2013
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