Here Come the 123s

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Musical and magical songs about math.
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age 3+
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that if they want to make the fundamentals of counting and arithmetic fun, this is the perfect CD. Appropriate for toddlers to grade schoolers, this album takes a creative approach to learning math.

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Parent of a 3 and 4 year old Written bylaribrook April 26, 2011

Fun way to learn math, numbers and about music

This album is great, and entertaining as well as educational. But it's not as good at Here Comes Science in my opinion. Still, it's fun. A few songs a... Continue reading
Parent of a 5 year old Written bykelliemejia929 June 6, 2010
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

They Might Be Giants make learning to count a funky musical journey through the number line. There's a song for every number from 1 to 10, plus others exploring math concepts like infinity and odd and even numbers.

Is it any good?

Silly lyrics mixed with quirky, likable melodies equals a fun time for kids and parents. Who said math had to be boring? Although there's nothing ground-breaking here -- the concept of using well-written tunes to make learning fun has been around for a while -- the group does a solid job of bringing a modern feel to this old tune by employing a variety of musical styles from Dixieland jazz to alt rock. Some of the best tracks include "Seven," "Infinity," and "Ten Mississippi." Kids will have fun signing along to lyrics that are always insightful, creative, and honest: "There's only one everything. And if you go out and count up everything it all adds up to one."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about counting and having fun with numbers. Can you make up a song about a number?

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