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Counting and Cardinality Favorites

Learning what numbers symbolize and how they relate to each other is foundational to mathematics. It's also a big, early hurdle for young kids. These fun, inventive picks will activate kids' minds while communicating essential concepts from number sense to counting and quantities.

Elmo Loves 123s Publisher: Sesame Street
Sesame Street sets the standard for teaching numbers
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Gracie and Friends Birthday Cafe Publisher: First 8 Studios at WGBH
Numbers and quantity game has precise focus and superb scaffolding
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Jake and the Never Land Pirates Publisher: LeapFrog
Ahoy! Pirate game chock full of math treasures
Grades Pre-K-K
Type Game
Price 24.99
Platforms LeapFrog games
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Native Numbers Publisher: Native Brain, Inc.
Learning makes sense with fun, engaging number games
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Numbers & Counting Adventures
Great counting practice for beginning learners
Grades Pre-K-K
Type Game
Price $19.99-$199.00
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Preschool and Kindergarten Splash Math Workbook Games Publisher: StudyPad, Inc.
Comprehensive early math practice with impressive customization
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
TallyTots Publisher: Spinlight Studio
Engaging games encourage playful interaction with numbers, counting
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD Publisher: Nickelodeon
Cute mini-games introduce math to young learners
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Intro to Math, by Montessorium Publisher: Montessorium, LLC
Fascinating hands-on activities unlock key beginning number concepts
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Love to Count by Pirate Trio Publisher: Next is Great
Hundreds of tasks and swashbuckling fun for new math learners
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Fun story-based math, aligned with CCSS; a great classroom addition
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Park Math Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Brilliant math activities are as fun as a trip to the park
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
xGerms Counting Publisher: K12 Inc.
Helpful hints, whimsical rewards boost early math learning
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Todo Math: School Edition Publisher: Locomotive Labs
One arithmetic app fulfills the needs of many learners
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price Varies
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Jump! A Game of Numbers Publisher: Artgig Studio
Save the Snortles! Build multiplication skills in silly, fun math game
Grades Pre-K-4
Type App
Price 2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Bugs and Numbers Publisher: Little Bit Studio, LLC.
Terrific value for critter app that covers wide array of fundamentals
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Dexteria Dots - Get in Touch with Math Publisher: BinaryLabs, Inc.
Ingenious, intuitive way for kids to learn and practice the basics
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Motion Math: Hungry Fish Publisher: Motion Math
Six games build mental math skills and promote fact fluency
Grades K-4
Type App
Price $1.99-$5.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4