Hopscotch is a new programming language/environment iPad for kids. I don’t have my iPad here right now, but I’m looking forward to having a go on this. It is probably too advanced for my four year-old daughter still (I’ll have to see how necessary being able to read or write is), but it looks perfect for school-age children. The quote from a child on the website sums it up nicely:
“I like it because it’s fun and you can make the characters do whatever you want and play it like a movie.” – Audrey, age 8
You can make interactive things too, I’m sure.
Little Digits (iTunes link) is a new iPad app from Chris O’Shea’s company Cowly Owl described as 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.
Speaking as someone whose three year-old regularly grabs my iPad, I can see she might enjoy this. She loves Nighty Night (as do I).