Australian Council on Children and the Media

Elmo Loves 123 - Sesame St

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Elmo Loves 123 is an interactive educational app that teaches young children about numbers and counting. Suitable 4+ years.


No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Elmo Loves 123 was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 8 March 2018.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Elmo Loves 123
Developed by: Sesame St
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Suitable for children aged 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

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App description

This app is an interactive educational app based on the popular American children’s TV show, Sesame St. The main objective is to teach younger children how to recognise, write and count numbers. In the opening screen Elmo and Abby (characters from Sesame St) introduce the theme of numbers. Then a screen appears that asks the user to tap one of the numbers displayed on the screen. The player is then asked to trace a larger version of this letter with their finger. Once this task is completed correctly the player has the choice of playing a game, watching a TV segment, or colouring in. These activities are based on the number chosen and the content reinforces the player’s knowledge in this area. In the ‘Lite’ version only the number ‘1,2,3’ are available. To gain access to the rest of the letters the player must pay $7.99. There are no ads or in-app purchases. There is a parent section which has a score card of progress and activity for each player.

Reviewers comments

This app provides many numeracy based learning opportunities for the younger child including recognising, writing and counting numbers. The use of popular characters, music, video, and interactive activities are a fun way of engaging children in this type of learning.

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At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

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Gender stereo types and sexual references

None of concern.

Coarse language


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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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