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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Endless Numbers brings back the adorable monsters from Endless Alphabet to teach kids numbers, counting, and basic addition. Each number is a different car on a Ferris wheel, and kids can rotate the wheel to select a number. The free app includes the numbers 1 through 5, with numbers 6 through 25 available as an in-app purchase. If parents have not purchased the full number set, those numbers still appear but are shadowed and have a lock on the door of the Ferris wheel's car. If kids select that car, the Grown-Ups Only! screen appears with a lock code that must be entered.
What's it about?
Little monsters ride a Ferris wheel with 25 numbered cars. Kids choose a car, and then explore that number. They'll drag a monster version of the number into place, as it says its name over and over. Then kids touch the monster-number's eyes to wake it up -- and each monster-number has its number of eyes. A cute animation demonstrates the number, like a monster on a unicycle for one. Finally, kids explore some basic math, with addition number sentences or skip counting, before advancing to the next number.
Is it any good?
Kids explore each number at their own pace with no pressure to get an answer right. Each number's name is repeated often as kids tap it, reinforcing number recognition, and the count sequence is spoken often, too, reinforcing that. Kids will be delighted by the adorable animations for each number -- like four baby monsters rolling up in a baby carriage or a little ducky being surprised by two skunks. Parents will appreciate the depth as kids are exposed to skip counting and basic addition as well as number recognition. An expansion pack that includes counting by tens up to 100 would make Endless Numbers even better.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, numbers
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, memorization
Self-Direction: academic development
- Price: Free-$6.99, $14.99
- Pricing structure: Free to Try, Paid (Numbers 1-5 are included free. In-app purchase of $6.99 needed for numbers 6-25 and $14.99 will get you numbers 6-100.)
- Release date: February 18, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Numbers and letters
- Size: 108.00 MB
- Publisher: Originator Inc.
- Version: 1.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
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