Grover's Number Special
What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
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Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.