Common Sense Review
Updated February 2013

Elmo Loves 123s

Sesame Street sets the standard for teaching numbers
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • Kids tap the number, from 1 to 20, that they want to explore.
  • Kids can complete either six- or nine-piece jigsaw puzzles representing each numeral surrounded by that number of objects. Puzzle size is customizable under options in the Parent tabs.
  • Kids count objects and place them into the bucket.
  • Parents and teachers can review what kids have been working on by tapping the three figures to the left of the start screen.
Pros
Each number gets presented in a variety of ways, reinforcing learning.
Cons
Kids can get caught in a gameplay loop if they don't switch activities on their own.
Bottom Line
Elmo Loves 123s takes kids on a learning romp from writing numbers to counting to addition and subtraction.
Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 5
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 5

Amusing videos and engaging games draw kids in to playing from the get-go. As always, Abby and Elmo are terrific playmates.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 5

Kids encounter each number in a variety of ways to broaden their understanding of quantity as well as how to count and form numerals.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 5

Sesame Workshop offers an abundance of additional resources, and kids intuitively interact with each game.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Elmo Loves 123s can be an engaging way to help preschoolers learn their numbers and basic addition and subtraction. The progress report is a nice bonus, but kids have to complete the activity for it to be recorded, and many won't be logged due to attention spans shifting gears in the midst of an activity. Teachers may need to offer frequent reminders to complete activities. Since kids are not creating accounts, though, the progress report is not labeled with a kid's name, and if multiple kids share a device, the data will be combined.

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What's It Like?

Sesame Street knows how to get preschool learning right. Elmo and Abby share their love of numbers, offering kids praise and encouragement as they figure out games. Elmo has them choose a number from 1 to 20 on a colorful screen. Kids then trace the chosen number before viewing a classic Sesame Street video clip incorporating the number. There are three videos and three activities involving each number: a puzzle, a search-and-find game wherein kids look for the number hidden around Sesame Street, and a count-and-fill-the-bucket game. Kids also can choose from three coloring pages for each number. Abby, who's hanging out on the front page where kids choose their number, introduces them to addition and subtraction by having them add and take away monsters in different scenes.

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Is It Good For Learning?

The variety of offerings for each number will keep kids interested. They have to take a bit of initiative to change numbers or change from video to coloring to games. Otherwise, play repeats on a loop with the same activities rotating within that category. The videos are superb. The search game, wherein kids look for the numeral, is not very challenging but does get kids familiar with the number. On the coloring page, just as on paper coloring pages, kids can color outside the lines.

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