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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.

Elmo Loves 123s for iPad 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
Gracie & Friends Lemonade Stand Publisher: First 8 Studios at WGBH
Interactive games thoroughly address small, focused learning goal
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
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 4
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
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
Doodle Math: Numbers Publisher: NCSOFT
Hone expertise in numbers 1 to 10, from basic to complex
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
DragonBox Numbers Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Explore the concept of numbers through puzzles and fun gameplay
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $7.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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 4
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
PBS KIDS Lab Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/lab/
Explore outstanding new math and language additions to PBS KIDS family
Grades Pre-K-2
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
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
Number Pieces, by The Math Learning Center Publisher: Clarity Innovations
Finicky controls limit cool but basic virtual base-ten blocks
Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Bugs and Numbers Publisher: Little Bit Studio, LLC.
Critter app that covers wide array of fundamentals has terrific value
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
The Counting Kingdom Publisher: Little Worlds Interactive LLC
Magical math game teaches addition, boosts problem-solving skills
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