learning at play.
A tactile & exploratory way to learn about numbers, addition, and so much more! Through imaginative play, a child begins building the foundation for future STEM skills and has a lot of fun in the process.
Before we could even talk, we played. Play is a natural way we learn. This is why we designed Digit Widgit® to be playful. Math class is one that few people enjoy, but it doesn't have to be that way. Have a little fun with numbers while experimenting with a dynamic, tactile, and visual way to do those pesky equations.
Experiment and learn math.
building blocks of STEM skills.
Proudly made in the USA of high quality, natural woods. Digit Widgit is great for exploring all the concepts Digit Widgit® has to offer. Ideal for classroom & small group activities. The Activity Guide has straightforward illustrations that show how to use Digit Widgit to teach concepts from equality to basic algebra. We think you'll get the best value of all of our Digit Widgit sets with this kit.
There is something to learn on every side of blocks and even more when you put all the blocks together. Delight a child's sense of touch and sight while rewarding their curiosity. Digit Widgit blocks can teach matching, relative size and basic motor skills.
One of the most natural things to do with the blocks is building towers. While developing motor skills, it also helps to reinforce number order and instilling good "number sense." Imaginative play is also a great way to gently introduce numbers. No "math" is being done, essential mental mapping about the blocks & numbers occur during this kind of play.
So what happens when the balance is used? Basically, if 1 + 2 = 3 in real life, it will also be equal on the Digit Widgit™. But if the math is wrong, like... 1 + 2 = 4, it will tilt to the heavier side. Because the blocks are weighted according to their number, basic math can be physically tested rather than only having it written on paper. Sound incredible? Try it for yourself.
Digit Widgit™ is a highly simple and versatile learning tool. Concepts like adding, multiplying and mechanical advantage can be taught. Even dreaded algebra can be simply illustrated by adding a small object from the classroom to the balance. The more play that happens, the more that can be learned.
Digit Widgit FAQ
The Digit Widgit blocks and balance are manufactured and sold in their natural state without additional finishes or varnishes. Learn more below.
Why natural wood with no finish? To begin with, natural wood products tend to have naturally occurring antibacterial properties. In short, bacteria doesn’t tend to multiply or live long on dry natural wood. Secondly, we want our products to be safe and environmentally friendly. Many finishes and varnishes are harmful to either humans or our planet.
care & cleaning
Toys need cleaned from time to time. How do you care for the Digit Widgit since it is natural wood without a finish? DO NOT submerge the blocks in liquid. Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth. Gentle cleansers if necessary. We do not recommend spraying the blocks with any cleaning solution. If a cleaning solution is used, spray the cloth and then wipe down the blocks. Some discoloration of the blocks is likely to occur over time.
DO NOT submerge blocks in liquid
DO NOT spray cleaning solutions directly on blocks
Want to add a finish?**
If you wish to add a finish to your Digit Widgit kit to protect the wood and make cleaning a little easier, a finish can be added to the blocks. Several options are available while still remaining child-safe and environmentally friendly. Food grade finishes, like mineral oils or beeswax finish will seal the pores of the wood and prevent most outside substances from soaking into the wood. Follow all application instructions for chosen finish.
Local home improvement stores are likely to carry Howard's Cutting Board Oil for approximately $10. Oil can be reapplied as needed. Note that adding a finish to the blocks will visually darken the blocks & balance.
**Note: Customer is responsible for choosing a finish that is child-safe. Examples listed are suggestions only. Viggi Kids has not performed any safety testing on products mentioned.
one of my blocks doesn't balance...
Natural wood varies in density. This can make some Digit Widgit blocks vary from precisely our ideal weight. If your kit has a block that doesn't balance, we will replace the block free of charge.
Call us to arrange the replacement: 800.213.3172