Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2014
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Candy Count Advanced

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Sweet game teaches early number sense; could use more game variety

Subjects & skills
  • Math

  • Critical Thinking
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Pros: Colorful graphics and straightforward tasks with clear instructions keep kids on track.

Cons: Three types of candy all teach the same skills in the same way.

Bottom Line: Fun way to introduce number sense to young kids, but game variety is limited.

Use the game as a fun learning-center activity. Have kids take turns playing the game individually, and be sure to adjust settings accordingly. For example, limit the number of items kids work with to 5 if they're just learning to sort and count. Place a number line somewhere near the learning center so kids can use it as needed. 

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The game is very easy to use, which is ideal for young kids. At the home screen, kids tap the play button, the settings icon, or the developer's icon, which takes them to other products in the app store. After tapping the play button, kids can choose to play with jellybeans, gumdrops, or gummy bears. All three candies teach the same skills. Kids drag to sort candies by color, tap to count candies in jars and compare quantities, and drag to arrange jars in order. A timer tracks how long it takes kids to complete one round of the game.

Fun tool teaches kids such basic number-sense skills as counting, sorting, and ordering. Challenges start with simple sorting activities and gradually become more difficult. As a final challenge, kids have to sort candy-filled jars in order from fewest candies to most. Settings can be adjusted, so the number of items kids work with can range from 5 to 12. This interactive game features colorful, engaging graphics and friendly narration. Game variety is limited, however, so kids could lose interest, or they might not be able to easily transfer the learning to other settings. 

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Young learners will enjoy the colorful graphics and interactive features. More game variety could keep them engaged longer.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Difficulty increases as kids play, and settings can be adjusted depending on skill levels. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Friendly narration encourages kids and guides them through the game. Hints could help struggling kids. 

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Courtney S. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Central City Elementary School
Huntington, United States
Great Tool for Early Learners
I feel this is a great tool for teaching math basics. Students are sorting, counting,recognizing colors, and comparing, These are four very important standards in early education. I feel this is a great tool for young learners. I would highly recommend it. It has great graphics that keep the kids entertained and wanting to play over and over.
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