iPad toy? Right.
When I heard about it, I thought the same exact thing.
We’re inundated with toys, and my kids are lucky to even have an iPad. Why do we need anything else? And how on earth could there be a toy for the iPad?
I’m honestly in awe.
This iPad toy is actually so cool. And the way it incorporates hands-on learning with digital learning blew my mind.
Tiggly Counts. It’s an award-winning blend of physical play and digital play.
You want it. Stat.
And I not only have a sweet coupon code for you (30% off!–woot!) but I also have two Tiggly Counts sets to give away–just in time for the holidays! Read on.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- iPad Toy for Early Math Skills–Tiggly Counts: I’m a really tough critic when it comes to apps for my kids.
Especially because we have a close watch on the kids’ screen time and because there are about a gazillion apps on the market, I think we, as parents, should be super-choosy about who and what we’re letting into our lives.
So when I was asked by my friends at Tiggly to check out their new Tiggly Counts, I was curious to say the least.
Essentially, Tiggly Counts is an iPad toy that combines physical learning with digital learning. And it’s all about math. And it’s for our little guys–our preschoolers.
I love it.
Kids ages three and older would especially like this toy, but always use your own judgement. I know my Owen would have totally dug this at 2 or 2 1/2, and I know that at 7 and 9, Cora and Owen really liked trying it out. Just worth noting.
Tiggly Counts comes with rods–these five rods that are durable and easy to manipulate for little hands–and they were actually inspired by the Cuisenaire rods used in Montessori education. I know all our Montessori fans are dancing over this one.
The rods are used with the iPad apps. And for a mom who’s always careful about screen time, I love the combination of hands-on and digital learning, especially for basic skills like counting and number recognition.
Three apps were designed for this set each focus on math but cover slightly different areas:
- Tiggly Chef: covers numbers and early addition concepts, math symbols, following instructions and thinking flexibly
- Tiggly Adventures: introduces kids to number line concepts, number sense, and counting skills
- Tiggly Cardtoons: basic math skills like one-to-one matching, counting, and equal sets
By far my kids loved Tiggly Chef the most, maybe because of the chef’s voice, maybe because of the silly creations, maybe it was more their speed, or maybe because of all the cooking they do over here. Whatever it was, they laughed out loud while playing this game. Super cute.
I wish, wish, wish I had this app when my kids were younger because it would have really helped build a foundation for strong math skills at an early age. I love the combination of saying the number, seeing the number, and seeing that number of objects.
Overall, I love:
- the combination of counting on the screen and then within the rods–because the rods’ windows are large enough to see the objects inside;
- the wait time that this app allows. It moves slowly–but not too slow;
- the graphics: simple, sweet, and cool;
- the concepts: kids get these apps. They really do. They’re intuitive and designed for today’s digital kids;
- the whole idea of bringing together physical play and digital play. It’s just. . . awesome.
Here’s the deal with this app, if you’re confused–anyone can grab the three apps in the iTunes store for free; however, the rods–the counting toys–come with the set. And these rods are what make Tiggly Counts super cool.
With the rods, kids are really interacting with the apps. They’re holding, physically counting, and moving objects on the screen.
Check out our video close-up:
Tiggly Counts isn’t even out on the shelves yet, but it will be very soon. It will be available in November, but folks are pre-ordering it now.
And I have a 30% coupon for you to use! Yaaaa-hoooooo. Just in time for the holidays.
All you have to do is visit the Tiggly Counts site (http://get.tiggly.com/counts) enter the code ILOVETIGGLY for 30% off of your order.
This code is good through the end of October 2014.
However, I am giving away two Tiggly Counts sets to one lucky teachmama.com reader. That way, you get to keep one for your kids and give one as a gift to a nephew, niece, friend, or relative. So fun, right?
GIVEAWAY: Two sets of Tiggly Counts.
Do you want to win TWO sets of the new and amazing Tiggly Counts??! Yes, yes you do.
[PLEASE NOTE: prizes will not be delivered until mid-December 2014, so plan accordingly!]
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fyi: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, my opinions are all my own, influenced only by my personal experience as a parent and educator–and, of course, my three little digital kids.