What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Little Digits transforms learning to count on fingers into an adorable, interactive experience. The layout is very simple, and the numbers are depicted as silly, colorful creatures, adding to the fun.
Counting, adding, and subtracting is baked into gameplay in a tactile way. Kids are empowered to interact directly on-screen, tapping with their counting fingers. Parents or kids can add their voices to the audio for each number.
Kids can tap on the "?" icon to watch a tutorial. Parents will likely need to explain how each section works the first time kids play them, but then the app should be easy for kids to navigate themselves.
What's it about?
Kids can tap on the "?" icon to watch a tutorial, then play one of three modes on the main screen. The "123” mode shows each number as kids touch the screen with the same number of fingers. Tap the back arrow to return to the main screen and choose from the addition or subtraction mode, both of which provide simple math problems that kids solve by tapping the screen with that number of fingers. Tap the microphone in the upper right corner if you want to record your voice over the numbers.
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.
Families can talk about...
If your kid needs some help, use one hand and have them use the other to work on the numbers above five together.
Talk about some of the other characteristics of the cute illustrated numbers: What's the color, shape, or character of each number?