Tiggly Christmas is more than just a holiday or shape app, it’s a whole body learning experience. Utilizing the Tiggly Shapes – hands on manipulatives that interact with the app – children can use physical objects to create shapes and play in this imaginative setting. The sturdy shapes, the great graphics, and the focus on weaving a child’s digital and concrete learning environment make this a TOP PICK for Fun Educational Apps.Fun Educational Apps TOP PICKS
Tiggly Christmas is the latest in a line of early learning apps by developer Tiggly. Each app focuses on basic shape recognition for children age 18 months to 4 years old. While the app focuses on just this single skill, it does so in a fully immersed way, giving examples of how shapes are found throughout our world. The apps are meant to work with the Tiggly Shapes – sturdy rubber and silicone shapes that interact with the app. However, the Tiggly apps can all be used without the shapes as well.
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Tiggly Christmas begins with a knock on the door, open it to begin the holiday tradition of tree decorating. Each time the door opens, a tree is revealed. Children are prompted to choose the shape that matches the outline on the screen. Using the Tiggly Shapes, children match the correct shape to the outline and reveal an ornament in that shape. Sometimes it’s a simple color ornament, other times it’s a holiday design. A narrated describes each ornament and then prompts you throughout to choose the right shape. After matching about 8 shapes, the tree is finished and the presents begin.
After lighting the tree, children open up various packages by again matching the Tiggly Shapes to the outline. Each shape is revealed as a piece of a larger item. Once all of the packages are opened, the pieces reveal a bigger gift that has been created from shapes. Children can tap and move this shape all around the screen. It should be noted, that while the Tiggly Shapes enhance the experience – they are not necessary. If kids do not have the shapes, they are given a tray of shapes to select from. Here they can just drag and drop the correct shapes to the outlines.
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I’ve used several apps that involved hands on manipulatives and Tiggly has far surpassed those. The shapes are sturdy and easy to use and fit perfectly in little hands. Both my four year old and my 10 month old enjoyed banging on the iPad screen with them. And the iPad took the abuse fine! I anticipate the wee one getting a lot of use out of these apps when she gets a little older. (I liked the Christmas app so much that I went and downloaded all of the other Tiggly apps as well!) The graphics are beautiful and highly engaging for young children.
Even if you don’t get the Tiggly Shapes, the app is still a great app for working on early shape recognition skills. One note: I apparently was using the shapes as adult would and perfectly matching them to the outline. Sometimes the shape didn’t register at all. When I let my kids go to town with them, there were no issues. The shapes actually work better when placed randomly and quickly by little hands.
Overall, Tiggly Christmas is simply a great holiday app that allows a child to explore as both his digital and concrete world collide. It earned a TOP PICK from this mom as she watched her children engage in real world shapes. I can’t wait to play with the other Tiggly apps after school today!
Tiggly Christmas is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini/iPad air
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At the time of this review, this app had no ads, in-app purchases, and external links are protected by a parental gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She seriously loves this app and can’t wait to play the other Tiggly apps this afternoon! She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.