Numbers with Nemo
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Numbers with Nemo features Nemo from the animated movie Finding Nemo in an app that combines a book format with numbers learning games. It includes four number activities, covering counting from one to 10, sequences, writing numerals, and recognizing numbers. Games are tied together with a story about guests coming to a party. The app will need access to the device's microphone so kids can record their voices saying each number. Each kid sharing a device can create his or her own account with a name and a sea-related picture.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Great graphics, a good story, and favorite characters will draw kids in and keep them interested. Most games are well paced for short attention spans, but the first counting activity drags on.
Numbers and counting skills are baked into gameplay. Kids are empowered to record their own voices saying each number and can hear themselves on the main page of the app. A downside is that for the counting guests activity, kids aren't required to tap on the guests; they can tap anywhere on the screen, so they're not necessarily counting guests.
A parent section includes ideas for incorporating counting activities off-screen. Parents also can see reports of skills covered and customize difficulty for individual kids in the settings.
What's it about?
Mr. Ray and Nemo are having a party and need help to get ready. Kids will help count guests and trace numerals. They can even record their own voices saying the numbers and then hear them played back when they count the bubbles on Mr. Ray's back. They'll count food to make sure there's enough for the guests. When the guests arrive, they'll play hide and seek and have a conga line where kids find the number called out and complete the number sequence. Kids earn stickers as they complete the activities and can arrange them in underwater scenes.
Is it any good?
NUMBERS WITH NEMO takes kids through counting objects, tracing numerals, pronouncing numbers, and recognizing them. The narrator talks directly to the kids, pulling them into the action. The story's vocabulary is pretty advanced (with words such as savory, plankton, and supraesophageal ganglions), and the professional-quality voice narration, singing, and excellent graphics will hold kids' interest.
There are a couple of issues with the first mini-game, in which kids tap guests to count them. Kids can tap randomly on the screen to advance and aren't required to tap on one guest for each number. Also, the first game runs pretty long and may lose kids' attention. The bubble counting wherein kids hear their voices saying the numbers is awkward, and the bubbles don't respond perfectly, which may be confusing or disappointing to kids wanting to hear themselves. Parents can turn off leveled play in the settings to open up all the mini-games at once so kids don't have to get through counting, tracing, and pronouncing all 10 numbers before unlocking the next game.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about numbers and identify them when you see them around you (at the grocery store and on signs, for example).
Check out the Parents tab in settings for several ideas about number activities you can do with your child.
Sing counting songs such as "Five Little Monkeys" and "Ten in the Bed" to get kids comfortable with counting.