A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can practice counting to 10 and adding and subtracting on Little Digits. By using their fingers to set the correct number onto the iPad screen, kids can learn to associate the number of fingers they're using with the digit shown on the screen. The app provides very basic addition and subtraction problems to help kids start practicing basic math operations, too. Little Digits is a creative way for kids to use technology to reinforce counting skills.
Ease of Play
Very easy to use. Parents will likely need to explain how each section of the app works the first time kids play them, but then it should be easy for kids to navigate themselves.
Products & Purchases
A small owl icon in the top left icon of the main screen, when tapped, moves to a page that includes a link to the developer's website or to the app store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Digits takes the common experience of kids learning to count on their fingers and transforms it into an adorable, interactive app to help kids practice counting, adding, and subtracting. Because of the multi-touch screen, the app can connect how many fingers kids are placing on the iPad's screen with what appears on the screen. For example, if Little Digits provides the addition problem "2+3" and a kid places five fingers on the screen, they've answered correctly. All of the numbers are depicted on Little Digits as silly, colorful creatures, adding to the fun. Also, parents or kids can add their own voice to the audio provided for each number, 1-10. This is a creative, cute app that allows kids to practice basic math skills on the iPad in a way that they're most likely already doing anyway -- by counting on their fingers.
Is It Any Good?
Little Digits is an amazing app for preschoolers who are just learning the basics of counting, adding, and subtracting. This app combines a natural childhood inclination -- counting on fingers -- with mobile technology to help kids learn. As kids count and tap on the screen with each finger and the app responds with the corresponding number, their own counting is reinforced by the cute monster, animal, or alien numbers that appear. The app's layout is very simple, with just three choices of activities and a tutorial. It's also a nice touch that parents can record their voice or their kid's voice saying each number, if desired. An all-around excellent early math app.
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