A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn how to represent each denomination and assess their skills at counting from one cent up to $20. The display treasure chest gives kids a place to drop their coins and bills as they count. Through the use of money, kids get an opportunity to apply what they know about counting. Two games are pretty similar, and coins sometimes get stuck next to the treasure chest; still, that doesn't hold up the show. A game or two more would really round out this app and make it shine. Learn to Count Money may sound like a plank walk, but the cute pirate theme makes counting money fun.
Ease of Play
Fast response and simple structure, but graphics are a bit busy and scaled incorrectly.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Learn to Count Money is a fun, pirate-themed app that helps kids learn to count money. It provides a basic rundown of the denominations as well as two counting games that are basically the same activity: counting to match a target amount. Controls are simple, and navigation is fast and well-designed. Kids can choose difficulty levels from easy to very hard, plus they get a fun list of pirate sayings that are also used as audio feedback.
Is It Any Good?
Learn to Count Money contains just enough interest to keep kids coming back for more. Graphics such as a smiley skull and crossbones, a cartoony captain with a sabre and hook, and a treasure chest full of golden coins will entertain the pirates among us. Home buttons on every page, clear-enough instructions, and very real-looking money make the whole experience quite user-friendly. Settings allow kids or parents to choose instructive options such as whether to display a target amount or a treasure chest for counting and dropping money. Also, the difficulty level is flexible (easy to very hard), adding higher denominations and amounts.
The only downsides are graphics that are a bit too busy, and vital information -- the target amount of money, for example -- can get lost. Games come in bite-size groups of five, but there are no official levels. Results likely will be of interest to parents, but kids probably won't care as much about the log-style reporting.
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