Disclosure: We received a sample of Tiggly Counts in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
My 3 year old son is just starting to explore mathematical concepts. He counts, but still confuses number in letters at times. For example, when you ask him how old he is, he will sometimes spell out his name. As a result, we have been working to develop his mathematical skills with educational, play-based activities.
One of our favorite companies for educational iPad experiences, Tiggly, sent us a sample of their new Tiggly Counts product.
The concept behind Tiggly is fantastic. It combines tactile touch with the types of graphics available on the iPad. The Tiggly Counts set includes 5 manipulatives which allow kids to interact with the 3 included apps: Addventure, Chef, and Cardtoons. With these manipulatives, kids build bridges, climb trees, and chop veggies.
Little Guy could not have been more excited about using the Tiggly Counts set. As soon as we had the apps up and running (they work on the iPad and iPad mini, with the exception of the iPad 1), he was off…
I mentioned earlier that math does not come easy to Little Guy. Within 10 minutes of playing the Chef app (his favorite), I noticed a difference in his ability to visualize “how many.” For example, the app might prompt kids to add “three mushrooms” to a bowl. Instead of counting out 1, 2, 3 to make sure he had the right number, within a short time, he was able to just “see” three. Little Guy also loved the weird concoctions he would make with all of the mismatched foods he threw together in the bowl.
The manipulatives are the perfect size got little hands, too.
I really liked that the app appealed to kid’s different abilities. The Addventure game really appealed to my 5 year old, who is talented in math. He enjoyed looking for patterns in the numbers, and doing basic algebraic equations – yes, you heard me right. Tiggly takes basic algebra and makes it accessible for young learners!
I wholeheartedly recommend Tiggly Counts as a holiday gift for kids ages 3-6. And, as a bonus, if you pre-order by October 21, you get 25% off the already reasonable $29.99 price! Win-win!
If you haven’t seen Tiggly’s first set, Tiggly Shapes, it is another household favorite!