Pinkfong’s 123 Numbers Is an educational app designed to introduce your child to identifying numbers, counting, and writing numbers by hand. It is made by the South Korean educational entertainment company group Pinkfong and features instruction, games, and songs to help reinforce the concepts for your child.
After opening the app, the child will see a colorful and animated train with each car representing a new number. Each car contains a song, an instruction-led writing lesson, and a game involving number placement and identification. Children can either go through these lessons cart by cart or just play through the entire set of songs/games/instructions by letting them play through instead of returning to the main menu. Many of the activities allow children to work with numbers in a non-prescriptive way, allowing them to truly learn rather than simply memorizing the pattern of a game.
PinkFong’s 123 Numbers is free to download but will require purchasing the app to access all of the games and songs. It is available now on Android and iOS.
Focus: Responding to salient rewards for short term tasks
Pinkfong’s 123 Numbers is a great way for younger children to begin to practice their focusing skills. The games are short in duration, helping the child practice sustaining their attention for shorter periods of time. This can also be practiced when the child clicks on and listens to any of the songs featured on the app. For children who are ready to practice focusing for longer periods of time, the games will continue to loop after the initial activity has been completed, leading to longer periods of play and learning.
Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
Children can begin to practice with their working memory skills by playing the games in this app. Each game has a task which requires the child to access information in their brain about numbers, writing, and addition while they are manipulating the objects on the screen. Because each game is short in duration and has a limited number of options, this is a low-stakes way to begin to develop this skill within your child.
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