A just-published article suggests that preschoolers may be able to do way more math than we give them credit for. What’s more, years of research supports the fact that 3-5 year olds have a unique aptitude with arithmetic that goes well beyond basic counting and learning shapes. In fact, some studies even suggest that delaying math lessons is a mistake.
So what to do with that budding mathematician? We’ve selected our three favorite apps for preschool-age kids who are hungry to learn and have fun with numbers.
Bedtime Math: A recent study involved first graders that used the Bedtime Math, a great app that integrates stories and math problems. This group whose parents read Bedtime Math to them ended up three months ahead of the control group in regards to mathematical achievement. With four levels of math problems available for each story, the app is also geared towards preschoolers.
Splish Splash Inn: This is a great choice for a first counting app. A no-frills, underwater-themed interface helps kids connect numbers 1-10 to actual quantities. And while there aren’t any number-tracing activities here, kids can touch and drag a variety of sea creatures, which interact in fun and unexpected ways.
Elmo Loves 123s: Here is the one-stop first math app that pretty much covers it all: early number identification, number tracing, counting, early adding and subtraction as well as problem solving. Covering numbers 1-20, each digit gets its own section, a la Sesame Street’s number of the day. With a tracing activity, followed by a video starring characters such as The Count, and a series of games that include drawing, matching and puzzle solving, this is as comprehensive, engaging and fun as early-math learning gets.