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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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).
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?
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.
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- 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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