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TallyTots

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Great interactive tool for toddlers learning to count.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Users count along with the app, then play with an activity tied to that number. To advance, they have to press a number for a semi-long time -- longer than the attention span of some toddlers.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that TallyTots is an educational app that is designed to help toddlers learn to count. Kids count along with an on-screen voice on numbers between 1 and 20, then are rewarded with an interactive activity (such as pressing the screen to make racecars circle a track or touching a light bulb to turn it on).

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What's it about?

Kids tap on numbers and are shown picture descriptions to convey the meaning of the number after being shown how to count numerically to those numbers (i.e. when asked to count to 17, the app first slowly counts that high, then asks kids to put 17 pennies in a piggie bank). Kids can skip to other numbers by holding their finger down on them for roughly four seconds.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

TALLYTOTS makes learning fun for toddlers. Rather than making counting a chore, it walks them through the process, then rewards them with fun, interactive activities that reinforce the number. For example, if the number is 7, kids are encouraged to make a sandwich with seven layers. Kids may want to play it again and again -- but it's not perfect. Once an activity is completed, the app waits for you to pick another number, which requires selecting one from the top or bottom of the screen, then pressing it for 3-4 seconds. That's nothing for adults, but kids may lose interest in having to touch the screen in a single spot for that long. It would be nice to see an option to advance to the next number once the interactive element had been completed (or after a period of inactivity). That's a quibble, though. For parents looking to teach their toddlers how to count, this is a fine tool.

Families can talk about...

  • Incorporate counting into everyday activities, such as setting the table. For example, ask kids how many forks are needed and help them count them out.

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

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Subjects:Math: counting, numbers
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 24, 2012
Category:Education
Size:25.80 MB
Publisher:Spinlight Studio
Version:2.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later
Award:Common Sense Media Award

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Parent Written byizzysmum June 2, 2011

Actually, it was too easy..

This was too simple for my 4 year old. He was bored with it in a couple of minutes. Good for toddlers

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