I’m trying to get N prepared for school in September. I don’t think he’s going to have any problems settling in on the emotional and social side. He’ll be going to school with several children from his nursery, 2 of his cousins are at the school, and has been at nursery since he was just about one. It’s more the focus and lack of interest in learning to read and write that I’m concerned about.
While he has started to be more interested in letters – just knowing what they might create (ie lists, pictures, books, letters etc) mind you, not actually learning letters or writing much more than his name – he’s still a long way off being willing to specifically learn and retain the information. I’m hoping he’s just tricking me.
He’s much the same with numbers. Yes, he can count (excluding the 15 he always misses out) to 20, but that’s pushing it. I get better attempts at him reciting 1 to 10 in French, than getting him to do number recognition.
So being introduced to Tiggly and getting the chance to review some of the new Tiggly Counts, was good timing for us.
Tiggy is a suite of educational apps for Android and ios, perfect for pre-schoolers. They cover maths, counting, shapes and drawing, with bright colours, fun characters and repetitive music (while parents might be driven insane by the music, N seems to be totally unbothered by it, and it’s certainly creates an earworm!). We’re on Android so don’t have the same breadth of choice, but the Chef game was the one we chose.
We’d used the maths Chef app quite a lot on its own and N enjoys it. The child gets told how many of a certain ingredient to put in the pot to make some strange concoctions. Some of the ingredients are US based terminology, so eggplant rather than aubergine but that doesn’t worry N.
My only gripe is that it’s really slow to move from one view to the next. But we get that with every app so I’m not sure if it’s our wifi that makes a difference. This game’s aimed at age 3-7 year olds, and it gets harder, with options to make your own recipes. The shapes games are aimed at age 2-5 year olds.
This year, they’ve also launched Tiggly Counts.
These are what can only be described as colourful blocks of differing sizes. I only realised the other day that they are also magnetic on the edges so you can loosely put them together. There’s a choice of 2, either shapes for the shape based app, or rows for the maths and number games. Made from silicone they feel really nice to use.
You use them in the same way as a finger, so put the correct size or shaped toy on the right image, and the tablet will recognise it, adding a bit more interaction to a normal 2D app. Even I enjoyed playing the game with them. It combines maths and numbers, with spatial awareness and recognition of which block you need to pick up, so great for children learning to multitask, and not just use fingers on the screen. N needs a bit of practice using the blocks, but I’m sure he’ll get there soon and find them fun to use.
Tiggly Counts (and the shapes version) are currently available from Currys, PC World and Amazon. However, I’ve got a giveaway where one winner will win a Tiggly Counts toy. Just answer the question in the comments below, then enter via the rafflecopter widget.
- UK entry only, over 18s
- Giveaway closes 11.59pm 19th June 2015
- Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
- There is 1 prize of a Tiggly toy. There’s no cash equivalent.
- The data of anyone that enters won’t be passed on to any third parties or used for any unsolicited marketing communications.
- Winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications shared on social media.
- Winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond with their postal address within 3 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
- Prize will be sent out within 30 days, from the promoter, Tiggly.
- This giveaway may be featured on Loquax, Prizefinder and Superlucky
Disclosure: We were sent Tiggly Counts for the purpose for review. All words and opinions are my own.