While doing research for my last blog post about applications for the family on the go, I found a math app for very young children: Yingele Counting Parrots.
Intrigued because the application stated that it is both fun and educational, I downloaded the free app to try it – Yes I am a kid at heart and I loved it! But alas, this app is for kids ages 3 through 7 years old, so I called up a friend with children around that age and told them about it.
To my friend’s delight, her 4 yr. old daughter was immediately drawn to the colorful display and had a blast teaching the parrots to fly. In short, she had fun playing the game and while having fun, she learned many key mathematical concepts.
Fun is a key concept in any game for kids. The apps ability to entertain and challenge the child, yet not make them feel bad when they don’t get the answers correct, makes this a great game for kids.
While your children are enjoying the game, they are also learning and acquiring significant foundation skills:
- How to recognize numbers
- How to do simple counting and repetition
- Essential numeracy skills
- Basic mathematical skills
- How to understand math concepts
So, What is Counting Parrots?
Counting Parrots is a game that uses sophisticated animation and graphics to educate and entertain children ages 3-7 yrs. old. It invites them to have fun and play for play’s sake, rather than an “educational exercise.” So it provides an entertaining rudimentary mathematics learning experience.
While playing the game, the children have a simple goal – they must teach the parrots how to fly. They share in the success with an animated celebration that lets them know they have “won” the game.
Each time he game is played, there will be a different combination of experiences, and as the child progresses through the series of games, the games increase in difficulty.
While the game may increase in difficulty, the system is noncompetitive. Children are graphically told when they are wrong with accompanying sound effects, and then the correct answers are demonstrated. The system does not keep score. Each game is random so no two games are ever alike.
Counting Parrots promotes pleasure in the development & mastery of math skills from a young age thus increases their math confidence!
Who created this game? This was a question that was important to me so I was delighted to find out more about the Yingele founders. And what talent I found!
Joseph Bloomshtein and Michael Becker co-created the game. Together they bring years of experience creating dynamic early-childhood programming to their apps.
Joseph Bloomshtein is a co-creator at Alfy, a website of e-learning games for young children. He has developed numerous educational games, including some for the Sesame Street workshop. Michael Becker is a professor of linguistics at SUNY Stony Brook and earned his PhD from Harvard
I like that they had the app field-tested with educators and children alike to ensure that the game focuses on providing the basic mathematical skills children need for understanding addition concepts.
Yingele says that their “Learn Through the Joy of Play” approach is built upon longitudinal research that demonstrates that academic success in preschool provides a foundation that reaps benefits through university.
- Promotes the pleasure in and the development of math skills at the earliest ages possible
- Each child moves at a self-directed pace.
- Age-appropriate learning
- Improves number recognition
- Improves following instructions
- Reinforces relationship between numbers and amounts
- Teaches counting, grouping, recognition, size comparison, simple equations
- Stimulates and enhances memory development through both rote and creative thinking
- Encourages development of critical thinking skills to determine right answers
- Games deliver immediate feedback essential to the youngest learners
- Enhances fine motor skills with drawing projects
Can Children Play this game by him/her self? (Independent play)
Yes. Your child can play this game by themselves! Or you can play with them if you want! Just don’t hog the game! : )
You can feel comfortable knowing that your kids are learning with no purchasing or merchandising material being foisted upon them.
The game features an intuitive verbal and graphic interface which allows young children to easily figure out how to operate the game without parental involvement.
The instructions are given verbally. The only skill required is number recognition, and repetitive use of the game results in improved number recognition.
The bright background colors and high-contrast screens make it not only engaging but easy to see and simple to use. It is a fully interactive audio-visual experience!
What does a child get when they win? When they lose?
When a task is successfully completed animated graphics and audio reinforcements are provided as the game celebrates the child’s accomplishment.
Children are graphically told when they are wrong with accompanying sound effects, and the correct answers are demonstrated.
Because of its non-competitive design, the satisfaction and sense of success is reward alone!
Another important concern is the safety of children when they are online. Yingele is 100% committed to children’s online safety and complies with the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Meeting the standards of COPPA – Children online Privacy Protection Association:
– Safe game
– Doesn’t collect information
– No chats or social engagements
– No advertising
– No redirections to paid opportunities
– No in-app purchase obligations or requirements
– Parental control – Makes it hard for kids to leave the app
More About The App
- Free, lite version features numbers 1-10 and includes two games
- Paid version extends to 10-20 and includes all four games – $5.99
- One-time app fee and no other hidden charges or upsell
- Technology fully compatible with all devices – iPad, Android, Amazon,
- Teachers get a discount! Counting Parrots also can be played interactively.
Difference Between the Free & Paid Version
I think that with Yingele’s philosophy of “learning through the joy of play” that is assisted by their fun, colorful parrot animations and graphics, the Counting Parrots game helps to educate and entertain children. And, as it is designed to be noncompetitive, it influences only a child’s innate desire to learn, and feel more confident as their math skills develop.
Download Counting Parrots and sharpen your child’s math skill …P.S Do not hog the game! 🙂
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Stay tuned for an exciting contest from Yingele that will be announced 2/28 Sunday evening! Great prizes!