How to Play
Press the Start button and a question tile begins to fall into a grid. While the tile is falling, the player tries to work out and enter the answer. If the player answers correctly the tile turns red. If the time beats the player or if a wrong answer is entered the tile turns blue. Three reds in a row and the player has won. Three blues in a row and the computer has won.
A Rationale for using the app
Fingertips is a 3-in-a row game, similar to Connect 4, that allows practice of basic number facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) at a level and speed that can be closely matched to the player’s skill. The game allows players to select from:
- Options: Standard number facts or Advanced number facts
- Operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
- Player Skill: novice, intermediate, expert or super-expert
The combination Standard – Addition – Novice allows time for a beginner to use a count-on strategy to work out the addition. But watch out, because the Advanced – Multiplication – Super-expert combination results in a very fast-paced game that even some adults find challenging and entertaining.
In the classroom
We have created lesson plans for using Fingertips at four levels. Click below to download suggestions for how to use this app in the classroom at the Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 levels of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.
This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
15 September 2011
Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
This product can also be used as a resource for the classroom. The following lesson plan and activity may help you to make the most of the product with a group of students or the whole class.Download Lesson Plan