TouchCounts 4+

Tangible Arithmetic

Nathalie Sinclair

Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 16 Ratings
    • Free

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TouchCounts lets children use their fingers, eyes and ears to learn to count, add and subtract. By tapping and swiping and by using specially-designed gestures for adding and subtracting, children create and manipulate their own numbers, developing a stronger number sense as they explore the mathematical foundations of ordinality, cardinality, and arithmetic.

As children begin to learn how to count with their fingers, TouchCounts is the perfect environment to solidify that learning and help them generalize beyond their fingers, “going past ten” into the endless world of larger values. TouchCounts allows children to focus on both ordered and operational views of numbers, inviting them to develop their number sense by creating and exploring coordinated number sequences tactilely, visually, symbolically and verbally. In addition, learners can explore how numeric quantities can be composed from–and decomposed into–other, smaller quantities.

Neither a repetitive drill-and-practice worksheet nor an rigid "level-driven" game, TouchCounts is a mathematics exploration environment designed to allow students to discover, pose and examine their own questions and understandings. Sample activities on the TouchCounts website show parents and teachers how TouchCounts can support learners' conceptual understanding of:

- number naming
- counting and skip-counting
- ordinality and cardinality
- even and odd numbers
- less-than, greater-than and equal-to relationships
- subitization
- addition, subtraction, and the foundations of division and multiplication.

Based on contemporary research understandings of how children learn mathematics, and developed by the Tangible Mathematics Learning Project in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, TouchCounts is intended for use in school, pre-school and at home; and with small groups, with 1:1 pairings of a learner and a parent or teacher, or individually.

What’s New

Version 2.0

TouchCounts 2.0: 
* The Operations World now supports equipartioning (introduction to division). Drag apart any number with multiple fingers to split it into multiple equal-sized parts.
* Settings now supports Image Capture and White Background, for better documentation and research purposes
* TouchCounts can now speak German (available in Settings)

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Nisga'a Mario ,


Great app, it's easy to use and fun!

jaasssoooonnnnn ,

A curious child can learn LOTS here

This elegant-looking, simple app offers more than appears at first glance.

This app gives a physical meaning/experience to numbers and operations, much as you would learn using real blocks or manipulatives.

I would use it to teach more than just counting, addition, and subtraction.

Introduce or learn multiplication using the addition function: create 5 groups of 8 circles. Then count by 8s to learn multiples of 8, and multiplication by 8.

Similarly with division: create a group of 24 circles, and then "pull out" 6 groups of 4.

Or even introduce fractions: create a group of 14 and then "pull out" 4s. You get 3 AND A HALF groups.

A curious child, or an advanced child, or even a child who was prodded as above, could learn a lot in this simple, fun environment.

taglet22 ,

play and practice without drill… finally!

I love how children get to actually make their own numbers, and then decide what to do with them! Who knew that counting to 100 could be so fun?

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