Reviewed by Alison
Counting Bees by Pi’ikea Street is an easy to play universal counting app, which has children learning while they are having fun. The app has a “help the bees” feature that requires the player to draw a path to guide the bees to the flowers whilst counting in ranges from 1-5, 1-10, 1-15 and 1-20. As children are using the app, they fill honey bears by making paths to fly the bees to the flowers. There is relaxing background music which encourages children to continue using the app. The app includes multiple languages enabling your child to learn to count in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, and Japanese. The app reinforces fine motor, counting and listening skills.
I liked the fact that there is no “wrong” way to use this app and that it is non-violent. It is especially helpful for preschoolers since it involves the use of fine motor skills to bring the bees to each individual flower. The honey pots provide a visual reinforcement allowing them to understand their progress in the game. My son enjoyed seeing the bees smile after he was successful.
There are a couple of things that I’d like to change about the app. If you have two bees going into the same flower and they arrive at the same time, one is turned away. This can be confusing, so I would like the narrator to tell you why they were turned away. I’d also like to see the counting ranges changed allowing you to count by other numbers such as evens (2, 4, 6) versus counting by every five. I would like to hear an auditory reinforcement as to how many bees have successfully landed when you touch the honey bears. In addition, a tutorial mode might be helpful for younger kids to show them what is required, drawing a path to the flower allowing them to be successful.
If you are looking for a good preschool app that reinforces counting concepts, this will provide a great foundation for that. The app provides hours of interactivity while practicing learning to count skills. Other apps by Pi’ikea Street include: Memory Train, Interactive Alphabet and Xylophone.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
Cost: AU$0.99 (19.3 MB)
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