App review by Alicia Carter, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2013
Numbers & Counting Adventures Interactive Activities
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Numbers & Counting Adventures Interactive Activities

Engaging counting practice for beginning learners

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Pre-K–K This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
Math, Critical Thinking

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Pros: Bright graphics and interesting characters are fun for children; four games provide variety in skills practice.

Cons: Games don't increase in difficulty, and once they are mastered, players may become quickly bored.

Bottom Line: Four engaging, interactive games for counting and sequencing with young children.

The games in Numbers and Counting Adventures may be used by teachers to give individual students extra practice, either as review and remediation or as an extension for advanced learners. The games may also be used whole-class on a smartboard system for class practice or review. There's a printable assessment option for extension.

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Numbers & Counting Adventures provides preschool and kindergarten players four games in which to build counting and number-recognition skills. "Gobs of Gumballs" asks players to count the number of gumballs in a machine, then select the coin with the corresponding numeral. "Amazing Aquarium" has players put a given number of fish into a fish bowl. "Pirate Loot" asks players to look at a treasure chest with a picture of jewels and a numeral, then choose which of a group of pictures corresponds to the given value. "Number Racers" requires players to look at a sequence of numbered cars and fill in the gaps with the correct numbers. The games have catchy graphics and music; young children will enjoy playing.

The mathematical concepts covered are sound and embedded into the games. There are a variety of counting skills, including counting a number of objects, recognizing numerals, sequencing numbers, and matching a numeral to a pictorial representation. The game covers numbers 0-29. After students have played many times and mastered the content, they may become bored, as the games don't increase in difficulty. Overall, the games are very good for learning.

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

Games are engaging and graphics are stimulating, but players may become bored after repeated play.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Games are well-designed, and math skills are built in. Players will be able to transfer learning to new situations.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

There are tutorials for the games, but players who get stuck in the middle of a game may not be able to get the help they need to move on. There is a printable assessment option for extension.


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Alicia Carter Homeschool instructor

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