I write a lot about our struggle to balance screen time. My boys love their iPads and I’m always looking for something they can use them with that’s just a little bit more educational than Minecraft and surprise egg YouTube videos. So when I cam across Tiggly at Toy Fair last year I was immediately intrigued. Tiggly combines physical toys with interactive learning apps to make a product that keeps little minds and hands busy. With the holidays coming up I wanted to include a Tiggly Math review here for the Holiday Toy Guide. Inside the box you’ll find five math counters and a carrying pouch, as well as instructions to download their three learning apps: Tiggle Cardtoons, Tiggly Chef and Tiggle Adventure. Each app covers different math skills for children ages 3-7. The math counters interact with each app by being placed on the screen to help reinforce math skills – no wifi or bluetooth required, so this game can be used everywhere from your home, to the car, to a restaurant table!
Tiggly games work on iOS and leading android devices (check a full compatibility list here). The carrying pouch makes it easy to keep track of the math counters and to pack them up for a day out. The counters themselves are made of BPA free silicone. Their chunky, colorful design makes them attractive and easy to hold for even the smallest hands.
Having a three, five and seven year old at home made it pretty easy to review Tiggly Math across all of the recommended age ranges. Each of the boys found the games fun and we found it to consistently reinforce age appropriate math skills. The apps focus on a number of different skills:
- Motor Skills
- Number Sense
- Problem Solving
- Flexible Thinking
- Executive Functioning Skills
- Role Playing
- Story Telling
Here’s an overview of each app:
In Tiggly Cardtoons kids are treated to colorful animated scenes. The math problems are based on each scene and as children solve them a story unfolds, keeping kids engaged and excited to find out what will happen next. My three year old enjoys this game the most. Each time you solve a problem a sound and animation appear and more details are added to the story, making the reward for solving the problem fun enough to encourage continued game play. When an incorrect answer is given the child is prompted to try again, but in a way that is still fun and not at all discouraging.
Tiggly Chef is my favorite of the apps. Here you are helping the Tiggly Chef create silly recipes by adding the correct amount of each ingredient. The animations are fun and the recipes get more and more creative as you play. Kids can also suggest their own ingredient to the Tiggly Chef to make new recipes!
Tiggly Adventure was the clear favorite of my seven year old. In this game you need to build bridges, ladders and more to help you avoid obstacles you encounter on your adventure. You character is a little green guy who must travel over land and sea and even through space to get home! I think my oldest son enjoyed this game most because it had a more traditional video game feel to it – traveling through levels, figuring out how to overcome obstacles in order to make it to the “finish line”.
Overall Tiggly Math was a big hit for all of the boys. My oldest benefited from reinforcing things he was learning in school and brushing up on basic math foundations. My kindergartner was also able to reinforce what he’d learned at school as well as new skills, and my pre-preschooler is enjoying the game all while learning things I know will help him to be ahead of the curve in preschool next September.
Tiggly Math is just one of the great games offered by Tiggly. Tiggly Words and Tiggly Shapes are also available. For under $25.00 each product includes an assortment of physical toys and very well made learning apps, making this one of our favorite gifts for the kids in our family who love their tablets!
Want more info? Check out Tiggly online!
And see the rest of our 2015 Holiday Toy Guide for reviews on the hottest toys of the season!