The Tiggly family is growing. After introducing Tiggly Shapes last year, Kidtellect is back with a math-oriented learning toy – Tiggly Counts.
Designed for kids 3 and older, the system is made of both a physical and virtual component. The five actual toys represent the numbers one through five. Inspired by the classic Cuisenaire rods used in Montessori learning environments, the blocks are lightweight and colorful and can be used with any iPad or iPad mini.
The shapes are soft and easy to hold by smaller hands. The bottom of each number contains capacitive-touch technology that can safely interact with Apple’s tablet.
Together with the three companion apps, the system can help children develop counting skills, basic math operations like addition and subtraction, and number sense.
Here’s a quick video that shows more about how the system works. Click here if you can’t see it.
My 3-year-old son and I have gotten the chance to try out the toys and all three apps the past few days. And unsurprisingly, Tiggly Counts has been a hit at my house.
Easily his favorite app has been Tiggly Chef. Kids can prepare crazy recipes with the Tiggly Town’s greatest cook while learning addition concepts, math symbols, and general problem solving.
He also had a lot of fun with the two other free apps – Tiggly Cardtoons and Tiggly Addventure which teach other basic math concepts.
All three apps will soon be available to download from the App Store for free so you can get a basic idea on how the system works. Using the toys will unlock the premium version of each app for no charge.
The Tiggly Counts set will retail for $29.95 and hit the market later this month- Tuesday, Oct. 21. It can be preordered now directly from Tiggly’s site. Use the promo code PREORDER30 until the end of the month and receive 30 percent off of your order.
If you’re interested in learning more about Tiggly Shapes, definitely take a look at my original review. That set can be ordered now from a number of retailers, including Apple’s online store, for the same $29.95.
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