Today’s app reviews cover multiple subjects from math to storytelling; enjoy!
Elmo Loves 123s is a complete number sense experience to prepare young children for counting, number recognition, addition and subtraction. Join Elmo to learn the numbers 1 through 20 with videos, games and coloring. Abbie talks kids through a series of one-to-one correspondence, modeled early addition and subtraction play that is prefect for young kids. There is tons of language in the app and each game is incredibly supportive. Parents you get a full report, right in the app, of what activities your child has been doing, their success percentage and what numbers your child has been favoring. Overall, one of the best number sense apps we’ve played.
Knock Knock Family is a customizable app for young children to interact with friends, family and anything else you want to hide behind the door. The play is simple, you see a picture hidden behind a door and hear two knocks. Then the child voice in the app says, “Whose there?” Your child taps to open the door and learn who is waiting to say Hi. Drag a little gift to your new friend and the app praises you, sending small confetti onto the screen. The praise can get very repetitive, but the game play is very engaging for our youngest app users. We really love that parents and kids can customize the app with their own pictures, text, speech and choosing a special gift for each guest.
Pretend: Kids Storytelling & Family Photo Fun uses beautiful hand drawn artwork, with room for your child’s face, to encourage storytelling. Choose an illustration, add a picture and tell a story about your picture. There are plenty of story starters given right in the app if you need an idea. This is an iPhone only app which means kids are typing on a small screen. With younger kids, parents will have to support the story writing. This app also has lots of buttons for logging into the Juddly platform and kids won’t be able to access the complete app if you aren’t logged in to Juddly.