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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Numberblocks is a series of short videos that teach preschool math concepts like numbers, counting, and more. There's no iffy content, and it's great for kids as young as toddlers. Older preschool-aged kids who already have a solid grasp of numbers and counting may be bored.
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What's the story?
NUMBERBLOCKS is a series of five-minute videos that each teach a different preschool math concept. The main characters are talking versions of the unit blocks ubiquitous in preschool classrooms, and each number is a different character. Some of the episodes are mini stories, others are music videos, and others are a straightforward explanation of a math concept. Throughout the multiple seasons, Numberblocks goes through many early math skills like counting, number recognition, beginning addition and subtraction, odds and evens, and more.
Is it any good?
This series is fantastically educational. Numberblocks does a superb job of helping preschoolers understand what numbers actually mean. Since each character is made out of unit blocks, they're great visual representations of what a numeral represents. The first season establishes the basics (number 1, number 2, etc.), and from there more advanced concepts are introduced.
But will preschoolers enjoy watching it? By and large, yes. The Numberblocks are cute, and it's really fun to watch the Numberblocks change value -- when blocks are added or subtracted the Numberblocks change colors and turn into whole new characters. Because the Numberblocks are personified, it feels more like entertainment and less like a boring instructional video. However, the storylines are pretty variable between episodes. Some episodes feel like a plot line has been hastily slapped onto the math concept, and so some older preschoolers may be less into those episodes. Overall though, these bite-sized episodes are great for preschoolers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about educational play. Do you have blocks at home? How can you practice the concepts you watched in Numberblocks?
Reinforce early math concepts throughout your daily routine. Count how many stuffed animals you have, then how many you have when you add one or take away one. Point out numbers on grocery packages, the microwave timer, or in magazines. There's math everywhere once you start to look!
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