Learning numbers and counting are the first steps of learning math. The more different approaches of learning, the better kids understand the concept, and the easier of future math learning. That is why I like the app Count Up to 10. It offers various number games for kids to help them learn numbers.
There are 4 sets of games in the app, each set has 3 levels.
The Penguins: help children connect the number symbol with the actually quantity.
At the first level, kids count the number of penguins on the ice, and the number symbol is shown on the screen. The counting follows the sequence of 1 to 10. At the second level, kids need pick up the right ice cube with the right number, in addition to counting the number of penguins on the ice. Moving to the 3rd level, kids need do the same thing, but all numbers are shown in random order.
The Mole: teaches kids trace numbers.
The game starts with following the mole to trace the lines to write the numbers, to remembering the shape of the number symbols and write the number without lines to follow, to tracing tilted numbers to reinforce the shape of number symbols.
The Manta Ray: further connects numbers with the quantity.
It is the reverse game of The Penguins. With The Penguins, kids count the quantity of the penguins and then pick the number symbols. In this game, kids saw the number symbol first, then pick the corresponding number of suckerfish to stick on the stars. The difficulty level starts at the numbers following 1-10 sequence, to the numbers showing up at random order.
The Elephants: gain visual experience of different quantities.
Kids will see 1 to 10 elephants line up in 10 rows, respectively. They can visually compare the length of the rows with different number of elephants. The easiest level is to put number symbols at each row showing the correct number of elephants, and all rows are ordered by numbers. The hardest level is to put the correct number symbol at the beginning of each row and then re-arrange the rows based on the number of elephants of each row.
The app is very easy to follow. Kids will have a pretty good sense of numbers after they go through all games. There is a little globe on the opening screen of each game. Tapping on the globe leads to some information about the animal of the game, which is some added fun for the kids.
Count Up to 10 is available for iPhone, iPod and iPAD. It is also available for Android devices on Google Play and Amazon app store. It is usually $2.99. Currently it is on sale at $1.99 on App Store.
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