Kids Learn Letters and Numbers with Mickey Mouse and Friends in Disney Buddies Apps

Kids Learn Letters and Numbers with Mickey Mouse and Friends in Disney Buddies Apps

New alphabet and numbers apps pop up everyday, which is no surprise given the popularity of the iPad as a learning aid for small children. Disney Buddies: ABCs and Disney Buddies: 123s are the latest to join the party. Published by Disney and developed with Spinlight, the two apps allow kids to discover letters and numbers with over 50 familiar Disney and characters.

Play and Learn with Mickey

In Disney Buddies: ABCs and Disney Buddies: 123s, kids join popular Disney characters to explore the letters of the alphabet and the numbers from 1-20. They start by selecting a letter or number on the main screen, then complete an activity related to their selected letter or number. For example, helping Tinkerbell sprinkle the pixie dust for “S” or helping Alice paint “10” roses red.

In Disney Buddies: ABCs, each letter is introduced with the sound (or sounds) it makes. Then, at the end of each activity, the narrator gives an alliterative praise. For example, “Admirable adding!” or “Hooray! Helpful hammering!” Kids can jump to a letter they want at any time, and also toggle between uppercase and lowercase letters.

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Learn How to Write in Cursive with Cursive Writing LetterSchool

Learn How to Write in Cursive with Cursive Writing LetterSchool

LetterSchool is our favorite tracing app. As soon as your kids can use their index finger to trace, they can learn how to write letters and numbers. We even chose it as one of the best apps for one-year-olds.

At the start of the new year, a new edition of the app was released. Called Cursive Writing LetterSchool, it focuses on how to write letters and numbers in cursive. The new app has everything that makes LetterSchool great and then some.

What Makes LetterSchool Great

If you’re not familiar with LetterSchool, there are several things that make it such a great app. First, it lets kids learn how to write in three stages: watching, tracing, and writing. In the watching stage, all kids need to do is to tap the dots in the correct order to see how the a letter is written. Once they've known the correct sequence and strokes, they practice tracing the letter. After they can trace it correctly, they move on to the writing stage where they need to write the letter without any guidance.

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Play and Learn about Shapes, Numbers, Letters, Colors, Patterns, and Time with Happy Valley Friends

Play and Learn about Shapes, Numbers, Letters, Colors, Patterns, and Time with Happy Valley Friends

Playing is not just fun, it’s also the best way for kids to learn new things. The new app Happy Valley Friends proves this concept. It has fun activities to help kids learn about shapes, numbers, letters, colors, patterns, and time.

The Mini Games

In Happy Valley Friends, there are 6 locations that kids can visit. Each location is hosted by a cute animal friend, and holds 4 activities. In the first 3 activities, kids are asked to complete 8 challenges designed to help them learn a topic. On the other hand, the fourth activity is more like a mini game where kids can unwind a bit before they move on to the next challenges.

A common thread through the activities is the goal to match specific objects. The only difference is the matching rules and the difficulty level. For example, in the shapes activity kids are tasked to drag foods of a specific shape to the animal that requests them. Whereas in the numbers activity, kids are required to match numbers against units or equations against the correct results. Another interesting activity is where kids must match the hands of the clock to the correct time.

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Number Train Helps Kids Learn to Count to 20

Number Train Helps Kids Learn to Count to 20

Learning to count and identifying numbers are the foundation to learning math. If your child is starting to build their skills then this app might be helpful for them: Number Train. It offers mini games to help preschool kids learn how to read and write the numbers from 1 to 20.

All Aboard the Number Train

When you open the app, you’ll be presented with a brightly colored train. Each of the train’s car is marked with a number, and in all there are 20 cars to represent the numbers from 1 to 20. Tapping on a car will take you through six rounds of mini games.

The format of the games is the same for every number. First, the number is introduced with sound. A set of objects will also appear as a visual representation of the quantity; when you tap car number 3, for example, you’ll see three little pigs.

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Practice Early Numeracy, Literacy, and Arts with up to 600 Questions in Feed Me! PencilBot School Pack

Practice Early Numeracy, Literacy, and Arts with up to 600 Questions in Feed Me! PencilBot School Pack

In almost all fields of study, practice is as important as understanding a concept. This is especially true for early literacy and numeracy. That’s why kids ages 5+ will benefit from frequent practice and drills. Since they learn more when they’re having fun, the key is to create an enjoyable lesson plan.

My app pick for today is called Feed Me! If you search the App Store, you will find many versions of this app — one for each of these languages: US English, UK English, Mexican Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Hindi and Hawaiian. For this review, I will refer to the paid US English version, which is registered as Feed Me! [US English] PencilBot School Pack.

Numeracy, Literacy, and Arts

Feed Me! is organized into three major sections: numeracy, literacy, and arts. In each section, you will find up to 200 questions about different concepts. For example, in the numeracy section, you will learn about shapes, colors, numbers, patterns, and other early numeracy concepts.

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