Charlie (4) has loved using Little Digits from Cowly Owl Software. A few weeks ago he made it his “App of the Week”. It is the ideal app for a foundation stage pupil like him who is getting to grips with numbers and finger counting.
What does it do?
Simply place 1 finger on the screen and the app says “1” and displays a bold animated 1, place two fingers on-screen and it says “2” and displays a big bold 2 on-screen, and so it continues up to 10. The app also lets you work on simple addition and subtraction too. Today it has been given a really neat update in that now you can record your own voice for each number and symbol, making it ideal for some EAL and SEN contexts.
Here is some video he and I shot of him using it recently. It is clear to see him really learning with this app, and that though the app is very easy to use, he is having a bit of a struggle with forming his fingers to show the higher numbers. He is not a fan of analogue counting and counting games as a rule and so Little Digits has proved a fun and engaging way to get him to do more of this.
Here is a fuller description from the creators, hopefully mentioning the bits I have missed out:
Little Digits is a fun educational app that teaches children about numbers by putting a new spin on finger counting.
Using the iPad multi-touch screen, Little Digits displays number characters by detecting how many fingers you put down. Children can learn to associate the number on the screen with the number of fingers they place down, whilst enjoying the unique characters and animations of the Little Digits world.
There are also games that introduce small addition and subtraction calculations, where you can work out the answer using the same multi-touch finger detection.
This is an app that will grow with your child’s numerical understanding. Not only can they discover numbers through initial independent play, you can also play collaboratively with your child, each putting fingers down to count and work out calculations together. Then when your child is ready, they can work out the answers for themselves, using their own little digits!
– Counting to 10 with your fingers
– Number order; 0 to 10 and back
– Retina graphics
– Kid safe app
– No in-app purchases
– No advertising
– No external links
Suitable for children between 3 – 7 years old.
- Little Digits 1.0 – A Finger Counting Educational Game for iPad (themactrack.com)
- What does the way you count on your fingers say about your brain? | Corrinne Burns (guardian.co.uk)