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Favorite Numbers and Counting Apps

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. There are many different strategies that kids can practice to develop early skills, including subitizing and skip counting. These fun, inventive picks will activate kids' minds while communicating essential concepts from number sense to counting and quantities.

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Elmo Loves 123s

Sesame Street sets the standard for teaching numbers

Bottom line: Elmo Loves 123s takes kids on a learning romp from writing numbers to addition and subtraction.

Gracie & Friends Birthday Cafe

Numbers-and-quantity game has precise focus and superb scaffolding

Bottom line: Super approach to teaching a very specific topic: Help kids develop an easy familiarity with quantities under five.

Gracie & Friends Lemonade Stand

Interactive games thoroughly address small, focused learning goal

Bottom line: Games do a nice job of providing practice with a very specific early math principle; they work even better as part of a whole teaching unit.

LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Ahoy! Pirate game chock full of math treasures

Bottom line: Fantastic math game for young kids who are just learning their numbers and shapes, with the added bonus of having plenty of interactive spots that will delight even toddlers.

Native Numbers

Learning makes sense with fun, engaging number games

Bottom line: The app is on the pricey side, but it's a good investment and delivers high-quality games that promote a deep understanding of early math concepts.

Preschool and Kindergarten Splash Math Workbook Games

Comprehensive early math practice with impressive customization

Bottom line: An entire grade level of math curriculum, complete with assessment and reporting, for an affordable price.


Engaging games encourage playful interaction with numbers, counting

Bottom line: Well-designed games provide a fun and effective way to get kids interacting with and understanding numbers.

Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD

Cute mini-games introduce math to young learners

Bottom line: Preschoolers learn math foundations in a tactile way while playing cute games and earning rewards.

Doodle Math: Numbers

Hone expertise in numbers 1 to 10, from basic to complex

Bottom line: With a little extra support, a good pick to help kids work toward fluency with numbers 10 and under.

DragonBox Numbers

Explore the concept of numbers through puzzles and fun gameplay

Bottom line: Though there are a few kinks, kids experience fun gameplay while internalizing fundamental number concepts.

Intro to Math, by Montessorium

Fascinating hands-on activities unlock key beginning number concepts

Bottom line: Virtual Montessori-style tools help kids understand foundational number concepts.

Love to Count by Pirate Trio

Hundreds of tasks and swashbuckling fun for new math learners

Bottom line: By blending simple math skills into pirate games, Love to Count by Pirate Trio helps kids understand why math matters.

Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose

Fun story-based, CCSS-aligned math is a great classroom addition

Bottom line: An empowering tool for practicing early math skills through mini-games.

Park Math

Brilliant math activities are as fun as a trip to the park

Bottom line: Park Math is a remarkable early math practice activity app that's fun and effective.

xGerms Counting

Helpful hints, whimsical rewards boost early math learning

Bottom line: This is a fun introduction to counting, with cute graphics and solid learning progression, but has a limited engagement factor.


Explore outstanding new math and language additions to PBS KIDS family

Bottom line: With PBS-pedigree content that's up to its usual standards of excellence, this is a great, fun resource that ensures high learning potential.

Todo Math: School Edition

One arithmetic app fulfills the needs of many learners

Bottom line: A variety of strategies and accommodations make this app classroom-ready for a variety of levels and abilities.

Jump! A Game of Numbers

Save the Snortles! Build multiplication skills in silly, fun math game

Bottom line: Absorbing gameplay helps students hone their addition and skip-counting skills.

Number Pieces, by The Math Learning Center

Finicky controls limit cool but basic virtual base-ten blocks

Bottom line: Every teacher should have a set of base-ten blocks, and this is a workable but limited substitute when compared to the real deal.

Bugs and Numbers

Critter app that covers wide array of fundamentals has terrific value

Bottom line: From matching and measurements to telling time and fractions, Bugs and Numbers covers more math skills than most apps.

Dexteria Dots - Get in Touch with Math

Ingenious, intuitive way for kids to learn and practice the basics

Bottom line: Fun, innovative math tool engages and helps a variety of learners practice and build fluency.

The Counting Kingdom

Magical math game teaches addition, boosts problem-solving skills

Bottom line: With engaging gameplay and solid math content, it’s an excellent way for kids to learn and use addition and problem-solving strategies.

Motion Math: Hungry Fish

Six games build mental math skills and promote fact fluency

Bottom line: Excellent tool to improve mental math, memorization, speed and acuity.

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