Hey Duggee: The Counting Badge

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Sweet number games hit the spot for kids learning to count.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about numbers and quantity. Some games ask kids to work with concepts like bigger and smaller.

Ease of Play

Kids tap, or tap and drag, to answer questions.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hey Duggee: The Counting Badge features characters from the Hey Duggee TV series in a collection of number-themed mini-games for preschoolers. Parents create up to three user profiles by providing age and name (or alias). Content is then supposed to adjust to fit each user's age. Games require kids to count, match numbers to quantities, and sort. A simple tap on the musical note icon on the home page turns off the background music. The narrator has British accent; some words may sound slightly different from what an American audience is used to. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Create up to three user profiles with name, age, and animal avatar to start HEY DUGGEE: THE COUNTING BADGE. After kids pick from a variety of weather icons to indicate what the weather is like and pick what day of the week it is, the counting games start. Tap animals to count them, match group quantities to a number, indicate which group has more items, or catch animals popping out of holes. Tap and drag to sort or arrange items from biggest to smallest. Three levels of difficulty determine how big the numbers get. Earn a star after playing five games and a badge after three stars.

Is it any good?

These number-themed games are simple but have enough variety to avoid feeling overly repetitive. The Hey Duggee characters are sweet and aesthetically pleasing guides to playing with numbers. Often with early number apps, kids end up doing essentially the same action over and over again, and while repetition in apps for little kids is helpful, it's even better to have a variety of approaches around the same concepts. Hey Duggee: The Counting Badge does have a finite number of activity types -- nine to be exact -- but, in small doses, play isn't tedious. Games are nicely kid-friendly with no penalties for wrong answers (kids just keep trying until they pick the right choice) and clear instructions for how to play. There's some degree of leveling, but there aren't drastic differences between the "easiest" level and the most difficult. This makes the target age range, or counting ability, pretty narrow: Kids need to be in the sweet spot of having some basic knowledge of numbers without being expert counters for this app to be relevant. If that's where your kids are, Hey Duggee: The Counting Badge is a fun way to help them gain number confidence.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about counting as kids play Hey Duggee: The Counting Badge. Help them count out loud as they tap animals and objects.

  • Incorporate counting into everyday activities. Count steps as you go up the stairs, crackers you eat for snack, forks to put out when setting the table, dogs you see walking down the street, or blocks to play with.

  • Encourage kids to notice numerals in their environment, such as on signs or on grocery store price tags.

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