Gia loves the iPad, and as he gets older, Nicholas does too. So I’m always on the hunt for new apps and games for them that are truly educational, interactive and fun. Last year I had the opportunity to attend the NYC Toy Fair and at the very end of the day I stopped by the Tiggly booth and was so happy I did. I thought about Tiggly a lot over the coming months–and how much Gia would love them. So when I had the opportunity to try them out, I was thrilled.
Let me introduce you to Tiggly: the BEST interactive iPad toys I’ve ever seen.
Tiggly makes brightly-colored manipulative toys that are meant to be used with iPad, so they truly encourage interactive play. Studies show that manipulating objects is critical for early childhood development and with Tiggly your kids are learning while they’re playing with the beloved iPad. Tiggly Shapes are meant for kids ages 18 months – 4 years old and Tiggly Shapes is a math learning toy perfect for the preschool crowd, ages 3-6.
Gia is absolutely in love with Tiggly Counts and has been from the second we opened the box. There are 3 different apps to download so she can play with Tiggly Counts in a bunch of different ways. While I waited for them to download she had fun just playing with the blocks and counting them and stacking them.
We started with Tiggly Chef. The chef calls out an ingredient and how much of it he needs and, using the Tiggly blocks, Gia added ingredients into a pot by dragging them. The blocks interact with the screen so if the chef asks for 4 strawberries and Gia uses the green three block, one strawberry will stay on the screen and she then as to figure out what block to use to get that last strawberry it (the red “one” block). Below she’s adding 5 pieces of pepperoni using the five block.
Gia played with Tiggly Chef for nearly an hour. As the time went I could see her getting better and better at counting the food on the screen and choosing the best blocks to quickly get the food in the pot. Since we first opened Tiggly Counts she has asked to play with it every single day and I’m happily letting her because I know her ‘screen time’ is spent counting and learning about basic math concepts rather than staring blankly at a screen.
The other apps — Tiggly Cardtoon and Tiggly Adventure — are also excellent and Gia loves them too. They’re bright, colorful, fun and engaging. In Tiggly Cardtoon Gia was truly a part of the story being told and she worked on matching and basic counting. In Tiggly Adventure Gia helped Tiggly on his adventure by counting and strengthening her sense of numbers and their sequence.
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*I was given Tiggly Counts in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links*