NumberShire

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Rich village simulation teaches core-standards math.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn fundamental math skills such as counting, addition, subtraction, grouping stacks of tens and ones, and the concepts of equal/not equal and fewer/more. The game does a thorough job of explaining these concepts but doesn't offer feedback for incorrect answers, so teachers and parents might have to supplement the exercises. NumberShire teaches simple math skills in an environment that's as much a game as it is a learning tool.

Positive Messages

Players learn positive values such as teamwork, friendship, and being helpful. Players earn rewards by helping out around the town.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The people of Tally-Ho all are positive and friendly. The Elder acts as a teacher and mentor for the player, providing instructions about what to do next.

Ease of Play

Kids receive detailed verbal instructions for each activity. They'll need to be comfortable using a mouse, including the ability to hold down a mouse button while moving the cursor at the same time.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NumberShire is a Web-based game that teaches and reinforces early math skills such as number recognition, counting, adding, and subtracting. The activities are aligned with the Common Core standards curricula for kids age 4–7. In addition to math, NumberShire teaches kids the value of being helpful. The game is designed for use in the classroom rather than at home, with a teacher dashboard and discounts offered for the purchase of bulk licenses.

User Reviews

Adult Written byPaco December 6, 2014

I got a cat!!!

My students are enjoying NumberShire! They all use headphones and are very focused and attentive when they are using it, however screams of “I got a cat!!!” o... Continue reading
Adult Written byRick Ranger November 26, 2014

Learning Approach

Unfortunately this review does not mention that this product was created in partnership with the University of Oregon's Center of Teaching and Learning. h... Continue reading
Kid, 5 years old December 1, 2014

It made math fun

I think it is really super duper good. I like the potato hunt. My favorite character was the blue dragon. I liked learning how to add numbers. My favorite pet... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old December 1, 2014

The Math Parade

It's the best. I played it when I was in the 1st grade. My little sister plays it now. It was fun doing math and setting up for the parade. It was fun to... Continue reading

What's it about?

NUMBERSHIRE is set in Tally-Ho, a rustic village inhabited by friendly animals. Players create their own anthropomorphized character, then help the villagers with various tasks that all involve numbers in some way. This includes counting groups of nails at the blacksmith's shop, helping a musician sort the coins in his case, and writing numbers by tracing them with the mouse. Kids receive a score for each activity, and upon completing the day's lessons they earn rewards such as new clothing and pets.

Is it any good?

NumberShire is a warm and inviting setting for kids to practice basic math. Each set of activities is grouped around a theme relating to an ongoing storyline -- such as building, baking, or preparing for the big parade -- which helps kids feel a real sense of accomplishment and progress. That said, there's no way to customize the experience based on the player's age or aptitude, leading to some uneven levels of challenges within the lesson groups. But, in spite of its quirks, NumberShire is a compelling way to teach and reinforce an otherwise dry subject for a young audience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why math is important. What kinds of tasks does it help you do?

  • Explore opportunities for using math skills such as counting, adding, and subtracting in the real world from the lessons found in NumberShire.

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