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Love to Count by Pirate Trio

Helps young kids understand why math skills are important.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn how counting and basic math apply to everyday life with Love to Count by Pirate Trio. By splitting a pizza evenly for the pirates, kids practice fractions. Counting the number of fish the pirates catch or playing with dominoes provides counting practice. Kids also can practice telling their left hand from right, basic time telling, shapes, and adding. By blending simple math skills into pirate games, Love to Count by Pirate Trio helps kids understand why math matters. 

Ease of play

Very easy to use. Voice instructions and encouraging words help move the games along. Clear, bright numbers and images keep kids engaged.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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There's a "More Games" option on the main screen that links players to the Pirate Trio Academy website, and there are options in the settings to subscribe for product updates or visit the developer's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Love To Count by Pirate Trio teach kids why numbers have meaning and how basic math problems and concepts help us solve basic questions of everyday life. Through games such as splitting a pizza evenly for the pirates or counting the number of fish caught (all based on the pirate theme of the Pirate Trio) kids ages 4 to 7 practice math skills and earn virtual rewards. Kids can practice math that they need now or are likely to need soon in life, including telling left hand from right hand, playing dominoes by matching up number dots, or adding on a chalkboard. Multiple kids can have accounts on this app.

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What's it about?

Kids choose a culturally appropriate avatar for their pirate character and then follow clear, easy voice instructions to play math-related games, such as counting the spots on a stingray and choosing the correct number, or adding pearls onto a pirate's necklace (really a number line) to match the requested number of pearls. After a completing a certain number of activities, kids get a password letter to complete a code and win a prize.

Is it any good?


The genius idea behind LOVE TO COUNT BY PIRATE TRIO is that even young kids need to know why math is relevant to everyday life in order to be motivated to learn how to use numbers. And making the math game situations relate to pirates' everyday lives -- playing dominoes, catching fish -- just makes it all the more fun and engaging. Kids also seem to really enjoy the reward of building a "password" by finishing each level in the game to unlock a treasure chest and choosing a prize (an image of a pirate bear or a book, for example). The $3.99 price is well worth it, especially if more than one kid will be using this app.

Families can talk about...

  • Check the app's tracking screen to monitor your child's progress. Choose which skills your child needs more help with and supplement offline.

  • Point out instances when you use basic math with your kid in everyday life: while cooking, driving, or paying for an item with cash.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Math: addition, counting, fractions, grouping, numbers, sequences, shapes
Skills:Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:February 6, 2013
Size:14.20 MB
Publisher:Next is Great
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Parent Written byAnitaT March 16, 2013
Parent Written bySMTsMom December 29, 2015

Variety keeps Kids engaged and minimizes frustration

My daughter started playing this game when she was 3 1/2. It was a favorite when she was 4 and 5. There is a nice mix of activities and concepts that kept her engaged and minimized frustration. Audio is required for prompts.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use