15 Best Apps and Games for Counting and Cardinality

September 19, 2014
Kira DeVaul Education Content Assistant

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Tools

Many would argue that number sense is the foundation for each and every area of mathematics. For the youngest learners, counting, cardinality, and comparing numbers and quantities are essential skills for developing number sense and early math problem-solving skills. However, learning what numbers symbolize and how they relate to each other can be tricky concepts to grasp. 

To help you guide kids' learning, we've compiled a list of 15 apps and games with two goals in mind: to identify tools that are 1) rich in quality content and 2) mapped to the Common Core State Standards for Counting and CardinalityApps like Love to Count by Pirate Trio and Park Math help kids learn why math is relevant to their lives by focusing on familiar, real-world tasks -- counting the number of caught fish or evenly splitting a pizza, for example. For more interactivity with the numbers themselves, apps like TallyTots and Todo Math offer a clean design and an element of fun. And what could be more fun than games? Games like Numbers & Counting Adventures and LeapFrog’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates are not only fun, but also offer great learning supports with helpful hints along the way. These picks are sure to provide a solid, engaging introduction to numbers, quantities, and why they matter.

Click Here for Our Top Picks for Counting and Cardinality.

What are your favorites and why? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo "Numbers" by Andy Maguire. Used under Creative Commons License CC BY 2.0.


Rene Grimes
Classroom teacher

Native Numbers by Native Brain (iPad): adaptive, explicitly designed with cognitive models of learning, comprehensive, includes symbolic and non-symbolic representations, designed for mastery/fluency, perfect balance of engagement without needless fluff, dashboard for parents/teachers, most of all MY STUDENTS LEARNED AND LOVE IT!