Tiggly apps are dedicated to helping parents introduce their children to the digital world in an easy yet educational way by allowing kids to directly interact with their lessons. The Tiggly Shapes set is composed of a collection of three digital applications, and 4 silicone Tiggly Toys that complement and interact directly with the apps on the tablet. The suite of apps is composed of three applications, each teaching a separate concept: Tiggly Safari (shape recognition), Tiggly Stamp (storytelling), and Tiggly Draw (creativity). Interaction with the shapes and the tablet combine to make learning tangible and driving home the lessons through the physical interaction.
- The apps provide both auditory and visual learning to hone communication skills. Hearing the names of animals, fruits and objects with visual cues boosts children’s vocabularies encouraging expressive and receptive language skills.
- The storytelling in the Tiggly Stamp app supports speech and language skills as children create their own narratives and share them with others.
- Utilizing the bilingual feature in the Tiggly Safari app builds language and inspires children’s natural ability to absorb another language during early childhood years.
- Children can practice playing the games in one of the 8 different languages the app has available.
- Children can listen to the sound that the shape makes in Tiggly Safari and guess the animal before placing the Tiggly Toy on the screen to uncover the answer.
- Caregiver can be the “keeper” of the shapes. Each time a shape is needed, the child must ask (using their best manners!) for the Tiggly Toy they need.
- Shape recognition and identification is promoted through the Tiggly Shapes apps, as well as playing with the Tiggly Toys.
- Learning shapes helps kids assimilate with other objects in their environment—triangles represent ice cream cones and squares represent toast.
- Cause and effect relationships are encouraged as kids interact with the activities in the app and place the Tiggly Toys on the screen.
- Try and draw your own animals and creations by using shapes—triangle for a body, circle for a head, etc.
- Explore what types of shapes vegetables make when cutting them up (adults only!) and dipping them in paint to stamp on paper. Did you know that okra will stamp perfect little flowers?
- Fine motor skills are reinforced as children practice various grasps (pincer, tripod and whole hand) as they pick up and manipulate the Tiggly Toys to place them on the screen.
- Hand-eye coordination is encouraged as kids either use their finger to activate the on screen actions or align the Tiggly Toy to the corresponding images on the screen.
- Precision and finger/hand dexterity are honed as kids align the Tiggly Toy to the corresponding images on the screen or move the pictures around on the screen with isolated finger movements.
- Caregiver can purchase different felt or foam shapes from an art supplies store and attach them to different materials like wooden blocks, bottle tops, recyclable containers or wine corks to help kids practice different hand and finger grasps.
- Keep the shapes in the cloth bag. Each time a shape is needed, have the child reach in and tactilely explore which shape to pull out.