Apps That Teach Telling Time Concepts Through Games

It’s never too early for your child to become aware of telling time; read our reviews of quality apps that teach these concepts in a fun way.

It’s never too early for your child to become aware of telling time: time of day, when certain activities occur, what time of day you eat breakfast, or what time someone arrives home from work. Also, because of the digital age in which we live, be sure that you have both analog and digital clocks in your home and have your child compare them at different times of the day.

 

Telling Time App Reviews

 

Todo Telling Time

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Todo Telling Time is an app that includes six games that develop time-telling skills. There are three levels of game play included in each of the games. KinderTown likes how concepts about the clock are developed in several of the games, such as counting by 5s and arranging the numbers on the clock. Todo Telling Time also includes games about time that include understanding the days of the week, the months of the year, and the calendar. The app also includes a fun quiz section that parents can use to inform them about their child’s development of these skills. The app is priced at $4.99 and contains three levels of content that should last from approximately kindergarten through second grade.

 

Interactive Telling Time – Learning to tell time is fun

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Interactive Telling Time presents time in a variety of interactive ways. Your child can learn about digital and analog clocks by playfully experimenting with artful clocks. Watch day and night modeled as your child interacts with hours and minutes. The app provides a variety of games for children of different ages in your home or classroom. Older children will be able to set the clock to the minute in the Set the Time! game, while younger children will enjoy assembling the clock in the Play Puzzle game.  Time and clock vocabulary is thoughtfully presented in the app. There is a quiz section that provides the parent with an assessment of their child’s knowledge of time. The app does have a fun aquarium play area where students can earn stars to buy fish or objects for their aquarium. This is a lite version to try out for free but it has ads and pop-ups; proceed with caution before handing that version over to your child. The app costs $2.99 and is available for iPhone and iPad.

 

Quick Clocks – Telling Time

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Quick Clocks has three different areas for learning. The first section, Find the Clock, shows your child the time, and they must select the correct clock, all while being timed. The app records your child’s time, and then they can compete against their personal best score. This app is great for kids who like competition or obtaining a goal. The second section allows your child to set the clock to the given time, again while being timed to see how many problems they can complete in a given time frame. The last section is called Question Time, where the child writes the time with their finger and the app tells whether the answer is correct. The app does have the ability to have multiple users and remembers each user’s scores in order for them to compete against themselves. Each section has 3 levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The app costs $1.99 and is available for iPhone and iPad.

 

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Apps for Developing Number Sense

Learning how to count is part of what young children need to begin laying a foundation for early math skills. However, learning to count is really just one of several concepts that develop in early childhood. Beyond counting, children need to develop an understanding of numbers. For example, children need to be able to look at a set of objects and know without counting that there are 4 and begin to understand that 9 objects are more than 5 objects. Developing these concepts in early childhood will lay the foundation for later mathematics.

 

Apps for Developing Number Sense

Quick Math Jr.

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KinderTown loves the app Quick Math Jr. by Shiny Things. It’s uniquely made to capture kids’ attention and help them learn about counting, ordering numbers, adding, subtracting, and writing numbers. The app is centered on colorful and playful monsters. One of five different game areas is randomly selected when the game play begins. The areas are represented by a bus, a light bulb, a pair of eyes, a house, and a train. One of the greatest features of the games is that they automatically adjust to your child’s learning level so they are appropriately challenged as they learn and progress through the app.

 

These games are combined together to create Hustle Bustle Island. The app has 3 different islands available for purchase, each of which provides 3 new games for children. Parents can also elect to receive report card notifications on their child’s progress via email.

 

Throughout the game, children can earn different facial features for the monsters, which then appear within the app. Our child testers liked this feature and the ability to personalize their own monsters. The app allows for multiple students to have profiles, so if you have a classroom or multiple children at this level, the app will support each child’s individual development. The app is appropriate for children who can recognize numbers and number concepts, starting around age 4, although the ability to add and subtract numbers and memorize the facts usually occurs later. Parents, also read the parent section to find different examples of age-appropriate number games that can be played offline to support your child’s learning and development of numbers. The app is free, but additional content costs $4.99 for each island.

 

Motion Math: Hungry Guppy

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Motion Math: Hungry Guppy provides a delightful aquarium environment for children to work on developing number sense. The app provides easy explanations of how to drag bubbles with dots together to make a new bubble with the combined dots. Then, children match the dots on the bubbles to the dots on the fish. Your hungry guppy is designed to eat only the correct number, but there is no losing in this app. Learning is reinforced every time your fish gobbles up the correct number. Numbers that are greater than requested quietly disappear off the screen. The app moves from dots to written numerals quickly. The app practices subitizing (instantly recognize “how many”) dots and recognizing written numerals to match given quantities your fish wants to eat. The app works to build number sense and pre-addition understanding by dragging smaller quantities together to build a larger amount. Hungry Guppy is a prequel to the app Motion Math: Hungry Fish.

 

Other apps that incorporate number sense along with other early childhood math skills include Bugs and Numbers, Monkey Math School Sunshine, and Bedtime Math. Enjoy working with your child as they develop number sense.

 

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