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*** Top Rank of #2 in Education! 350,000 kids, 70 million math tasks, and counting! ***
- 12 BEST Children's Educational Apps of 2012: “Native Numbers is a fabulous app, promoting deeper learning and providing a much needed foundation in math for all children.” - TeachersWithApps.com
- “The kids loved the gameplay feel of the app… This is a great app to help young kids learn the concept of numbers and basic math skills.” -iHeartThisApp.com
- "A Math App Worth Bragging About!" - Karen Mahon, Ed. D, Learning Scientist


- Number Sense is widely cited as the most critical math skill a child ever learns
- Native Numbers is the first and only comprehensive Number Sense curriculum in the App Store

Inspired by research, designed by Harvard Education School graduate Dr. Michael W. Connell, and developed by a team of MIT engineers, Native Numbers is the first of its kind - a complete curriculum to help early learners develop Number Sense.


There are countless "early math apps" available in the App Store - but are any of these effective in laying down a proper Number Sense foundation?


Unfortunately, most math app developers ignore the complex sequence of activities required to properly develop Number Sense. Instead, some claim to develop math knowledge as a side effect of other, non-mathematical games and activities. Others inflate a single, narrow math concept into a game that they promise will provide "hours of fun and learning."

This random approach to early math simply does not work. Researchers Douglas Clements and Julie Sarama found, for example, that while it might appear that kids are "doing mathematics" when engaged with puzzles, blocks, songs, and the like, "evidence suggests that such an approach is ineffective, owing to a lack of explicit attention to mathematical concepts and procedures along with a lack of intentionality to engage in mathematical practices" (Science Magazine, Aug 2011).


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Common Core State Standards have made Number Sense a focus area of elementary mathematics education for all children.

Native Numbers is based on high-quality learning research and is designed to engage each child directly in an individualized, intrinsically rewarding learning experience while minimizing distractions – what some people call "hard fun.”

(For a brief video that explains why Number Sense is so important and how Native Numbers develops it, search for "Native Numbers" on YouTube.)

Native Numbers challenges children with 25 engaging and carefully sequenced activities that develop an understanding of several core concepts and skills, including:

- Number Representations: Identify the numbers 1-9 as continuous quantities (rods), discrete quantities (sets of animals), and symbols (numerals)
- Number Relations: Answer questions about number relationships using a variety of visual representations and vocabulary (greater/less, bigger/smaller, heavier/lighter, etc.)
- Ordering: Arrange numbers in order from small to big and big to small
- Counting: Use numbers to put a set of objects in order (ordinal numbers) and to determine how many objects are in a set (cardinal numbers)
- Demonstrate Mastery: Apply concepts from previous activities to novel, untrained examples

Recommended Ages: 4-7 (home or school) although many younger and older children can benefit as well

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Teachers With Apps said that, "Native Numbers is a fabulous app, promoting deeper learning and providing a much needed foundation in math for all children. We highly recommend this app and please, don’t let the price stop you from purchasing this extensive curriculum, it’s worth every penny of the $9.99."

What’s New

Version 1.53

- Fixed iOS 11 specific issue with main menu screen

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Jktczh ,

Love it, BUT!

I love the app, the number sense imbued in the levels is fantastic. I love how mastering one level unlocks the next, very motivating. One big problem - the trophies. As soon as my child realized the meaning of the different colors he was no longer interested in learning the numbers but instead was working only for the gold trophy. And the first time he didn’t get one he was in tears and no longer interested in the app at all. This is a textbook example of being “punished by rewards”. Please include the option of turning off the trophies and stars. Progress bar and accuracy/speed markers are fine as objective feedback, but the “ranking” and reward associated with the trophies are detrimental to the learning and ultimately made this wonderful app unusable for us. Developers, please read Alvie Kohn’s “Punished by rewards”and continue with your fabulous work! Thank you!


Foundational — all kids need to master this

This is pedagogically excellent. My son enjoyed using it and finished all the puzzles in a couple days. It showed me he had numbers sense already, and while I realize he could have learned more from this a year or so earlier (he is six), it was valuable because it improved his speed in solving. That’s valuable.

Ed Tech Guy ,

Perfect app for serious learning in school or at home

I've worked in educational technology for 15 years as a teacher, administrator, researcher, and consultant and this app may have the most ingenious instructional design I've ever seen. It forces children to grapple with CONCEPTS of number, specifically to understand equivalence relationships among numerosity, magnitude, and numerals.

The surprising fact is that many (if not most) children learn math as a set of rote procedures without ever understanding the meaning of numbers. Native Numbers helps teachers and parents equip their students and children with a solid foundation of number sense that will become even more important with the transition to Common Core State Standards.

Native Numbers is also perfect for serious learning because it's one of very few apps with an online dashboard so that student progress can be conveniently monitored in one location. The dashboard makes it easy to see whether students are making good progress toward full mastery or need some support to get past a sticking point. As a result, teachers can be confident that students are actually learning something during their iPad time.


Native Brain, Inc.
49.4 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.


English, Spanish

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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