Grover's Number Special

Common Sense Media says

Kids count and play in fun -- and funny -- Sesame game.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is designed so that it is impossible to fail.

Violence & scariness

There's some slapstick with Grover tripping, falling, and spilling food.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grover's Number Special is a funny preschool app that utilizes real video footage of Sesame Street muppets. Grover stars, in his recurring role as a fumbling waiter. He repeatedly attempts to serve lunch to his perpetually disgruntled customer (that blue-headed muppet guy with the bushy mustache), but always loses the meal somehow before he gets it to the table. The game part comes in during the meal preparation. Food rains down from the sky and kids slide Grover's tray back and forth in order to catch the correct ingredients for the ordered meal. Kids move the tray by tilting the device. Kids can't fail, and if an incorrect ingredient hits the tray, it simply bounces off.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • memorization

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Young preschoolers will enjoy Sesame Street characters and humor as they learn to count with this polished-looking, fun app. The genuinely funny video segments are classic Sesame Street.

Learning Approach

Kids will learn numbers, counting, and numeral recognition as well as some pre-reading skills. The game is designed so that it is impossible to fail, and kids will be able to learn with minimal parental involvement.

Support

There's minimal help and tutorial, but it isn't necessary. Even if kids aren't able to coordinate the fine motor skills to catch the ingredients, they'll still benefit from hearing the counting.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • memorization

Kids will learn numbers, counting, and numeral recognition with Grover's Number Special. The app is pretty basic, changing only in the different scenarios of meals that Grover creates for his grumpy customer being assembled as Grover counts, but it is just right for the preschool crowd. Kids will be able to play and learn with this app with minimal parental involvement. Kids will also build some pre-reading skills as they identify and match the ingredient they'll need to catch in order to make soup, pizza, salad, and more. Young preschoolers will enjoy Sesame Street characters and humor as they learn to count with this adorable app.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

Parents say

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's it about?

Grover needs your kid's help as he prepares lunch for the grumpy customer at the restaurant. Grover recommends the special, and then asks for the kid's assistance in putting together the meal. He tells the number of each ingredient needed, and kids tilt the device to catch the falling items on a try. The wrong items just bounce off, and kids catch while Grover counts. Unfortunately, and humorously, something goes wrong with each meal, and then Grover needs the kids help again to make another.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

GROVER'S NUMBER SPECIAL is a very polished looking, very fun app for preschoolers. The genuinely funny video segments are a joy -- and there are enough of them to keep repetition to a minimum. And they're strung together rather seamlessly with the game, making Grover's attempt to serve lunch into a never-ending task. The game itself is incredibly simple, but as it's aimed at 3-year-olds, that's perfect.

Families can talk about...

  • Play your own live version of Grover's Number Special at breakfast or lunch. Count each item as you put it on the plate and have your kid serve it like a server in a restaurant.

  • Incorporate counting into daily activities, such as counting the steps to buckling your child into the car seat.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:November 13, 2009
Category:Educational Games
Topics:Puppets
Size:35.40 MB
Publisher:Sesame Street
Version:4.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

This review of Grover's Number Special was written by

About our rating system

  • 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.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

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

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of an infant and 3 year old Written byn-mom September 9, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Pass on this app

This app is a waste of money. It is expensive for a kids app and doesn't have a lot of educational value. It doesn't hold my 3 yr. old's attention for long.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Common Sense Kids Action