Toddler Counting

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Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Good practice with counting, vocab in concept-building app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to count individual objects and that each object should be counted only once. The Easy setting goes up to 10 and Harder goes up to 20. The free app offers a handful of objects to count while the $.99 app offers hundreds of animals, foods, and everyday objects so kids can learn new vocabulary at the same time. Toddler Counting teaches a fundamental math concept while building basic vocabulary.

Ease of Play

Kids will see page after page of things to count. You need to shake your device -- rather vigorously -- to get back to the main screen.

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The free version of the app has only a handful of things to count; the full version is available as a standalone app or as a 99-cent in-app upgrade in the free app. The main page of the app includes a link to iTunes to pick up other complementary apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Toddler Counting gives tots hundreds of animals, foods, and everyday objects to tap on and count. Toddlers can memorize numbers, but it takes them time to count individual objects. Parents will like that kids are getting this concept down while building their vocab, but may not like that getting back to the main screen requires quite a bit of shaking. Chubby toddler fingers + impulsive toddler energy + encouragement to shake your favorite tech toys vigorously = yikes! The free version offers just a handful of things to count; $.99 buys you hundreds more.

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What's it about?

Choose from two buttons on the main screen: Easier (10 or fewer objects) or Harder (fewer than 20). As kids tap on each animal, food, or everyday object (brooms, doors, etc.) a number appears and is said aloud. Count all the dinosaurs and one big dinosaur spins and roars to the center with the final number saying, "18 dinosaurs. Fantastic!" Shake the screen to get back to the main menu.

Is it any good?

You ask most toddlers to count and they will count the same thing two and three times and skip around. TODDLER COUNTING drives home the concept that each object gets its own number -- with lots of practice. They can keep counting page after page until the right number of cows come home or they shake the screen too vigorously for comfort to get back to the main menu (no buttons for kids to press accidentally is good, but this solution is a bit dangerous). The hundreds of objects will also help them build their vocab, though sometimes the voice repeating the object sounds a little muffled.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Make like Sesame Street's Count and count everything! (Don't forget to finish with a "bwaaahaahaa!")

  • Get out your change jar and have kids sort and count until there's enough to buy a fun treat.

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