Numbers are an important part of early literacy, too! Research shows that children who not only recognize numbers but also know how to count start school better prepared for success in math. Even something as simple as counting to 20 can help your child prepare for the future. From the same developer who created the popular Endless Alphabet app, Endless Numbers is a fun app introducing a variety of early math skills.
Endless Numbers by Originator Inc.
Ages: 4+ (made for ages 5 and under)
Requires: iOS 9.0 or later or Android 2.3.3 and up
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android
Endless Numbers helps teach number recognition, basic sequencing, quantities, number patterns, and simple addition facts. Little monsters and numbers that turn into monsters provide cute animation throughout to keep the app engaging. Each number includes interactive sequences to introduce the number, drag-and-drop equation puzzles, and a short video to provide context. The free download includes the numbers 1-5, so you can try it out to see if it works well for your family. Complete the numbers through 25 for $6.99, or unlock all the remaining numbers, up to 100, for $14.99.
The app’s background is a carnival, with each number on a different Ferris wheel car. The home screen includes some interactive elements, such as popping the floating balloons and making the hot air balloons rise higher. Rotate the wheel to select the number you want to play. Numbers you haven’t purchased are still on the wheel, but they’ll be shadowed and have a lock icon. These can be unlocked through the parental gate on the Grown-Ups Only! screen.
Once you’ve picked a number, game play is fairly simple. Each number explores on its own, but the more numbers you unlock, the more you see earlier numbers you’ve learned. Start by dragging a monster version of the number to its outline on screen. Meanwhile, the monster says its number over and over. While it can be a little annoying, it does provide good auditory reinforcement of the number concept. As you progress, you’ll also drag and drop numbers to perform basic addition facts to create your new number, like adding 1 + 1 to get 2.
Next, you’ll need to wake up the number monster. Audio prompts instruct you to touch the monster’s eyes. Each monster eyes that correspond with its number. These are counted aloud, with the numbers appearing on screen, as you tap each one. Once the monster is awake, a short video demonstrates the number. The visual provides context for each number, but the narration also gives some audio understanding of what’s happening and how the number is involved.
As you complete each number level, the monster appears in the Ferris wheel basket. From the home screen, you can easily switch between the numbers and repeat them at any time. While playing, arrows at the bottom of the screen let you navigate to the next number or repeat sections. The number banner in the top right corner takes you back to the home screen.
Endless Numbers is a great way to expose your little one to numbers and basic addition. The repetitive nature of the app means you see the number several times, see the numeral, and hear its spoken name, all of which help reinforce learning. The app provides a very basic introduction to numbers that you can build on as your child grows. Even better, this app lets you explore at your own pace.
Ready to take the fun off your screen? Try number recognition around the house or in your community. Point out where you see numbers – on signs, in print, anywhere! You can also practice hands-on counting with your child’s toys, bottle caps, buttons, or other small items you have on hand. For a more crafty approach, try making these Sensory Learning Cards to reinforce learning through sight, hearing, and touch. You can share stories about numbers and counting, too. For some ideas, check out our counting book list.
For more app recommendations and examples, be sure to join us for App Time at Davis Library, Wednesday mornings at 11:15 AM. For more math and counting fun, join us for Math-y Time, a special math story time, at Davis Library. This series will be on Wednesday mornings in February, starting at 10 AM. You can find out about all our great upcoming programs in our Engage brochure, also available in any Plano library. Happy playing!