One of the first stages in early childhood education is being able to count to ten. Many toddlers can quickly identify numbers and learn how to do finger counting by their third birthday. I also know that many preschools teach counting up to 20 in the first year.
Yet, the real excitement comes when our kids can move up to the next milestone in their numeracy skills development: count to 100. My three-year-old was so excited when he had a chance to play with Marbotic’s latest app called Up to 100. Inspired by Montessori pedagogy and approaches, the development team designed a set of six activities involving numbers and beads to help kids learn counting up to 100.
Understand the Units and Tens
The first set of three activities in this app are grouped in the numbers section. Choose the activity you want to play by tapping on any of the three chickens on the top right corner of the screen.
The first activity is a simple number identification game. Drag a number from the bottom bar to the units box, and drag another number to the tens box. The app will show the numerical bar on the upper part of the screen, and a rocket will blast off to the two-digit number you selected. Then, you can learn how the number is written as a word on the lower part of the screen.
In the next activity, the rocket will fly and cover one number in the numerical bar with a question mark. Your task is to guess what that number is from its adjacent numbers. In the last activity, you must guess a number from its word representation.
The next three activities are grouped in the beads section. Instead of showing a numerical bar, the app uses a 10x10 grid and colorful beads to represent the numbers. By dragging numbers onto the tens and units boxes, the app will show how that two-digit number is represented as beads. You can also drag the string of tens and units of ones onto the grid. This forces the app to pronounce which number the beads currently represent.
In the next activity, the app will show you a two-digit number, and you need to represent that number in beads by dragging the strings of tens and units of ones onto the 10x10 grid. Then, in the final activity, you need to write the number that’s being shown as beads on the 10x10 grid.
Parents Need to Know
Up to 100 can help kids ages 3+ identify numbers and count to 100. Because the app shows all the different representations of a two-digit number, kids also learn how to pronounce and write them in words.
The app is designed for self-directed learning where kids play independently to discover new numbers. By entering the parent zone, you can adjust the range of numbers that you want your kids to play. That way, kids can learn in stages and only move up the ladder when they’re ready.
Things I Like
Up to 100 uses different colors to represent different numbers. This color association is kept consistently throughout the activities and works great when you’re counting with beads. For example, each time you drag a string of tens onto the 10x10 grid, the color of the beads will change as your counting moves from 10s to 20s, and so on. The same thing happens as you drag the units of ones onto the grid.
I personally find the app very helpful to learn how to count to 100 in a foreign language. I’ve always wanted to learn the basics of numbers in Spanish and Italian with my kids. Up to 100 provides a fun way to do so at home.
Up to 100 is a fun app for kids ages 3+ who want to learn how to count to 100, whether in English or in eight other different languages including Portuguese and Italian. You can also use the app to discuss about skip counting or count by ten. It’s definitely the perfect app for kids to learn about early numeracy in their kindergarten years.
Get Up to 100 on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.