What’s App-ening Wednesday: Tiggly Shapes

by Courtney Sirotin on November 28, 2013

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I was recently sent Tiggly Shapes, an innovating new iPad and iPad mini educational toy, to explore with Dylan. Tiggly Shapes is an “appcessory”, meaning it’s a physical product used with an iPad. Such a product is ideal for kids because it brings the educational benefits of classic, physical play to the technology modern kids love!

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The geometric shapes arrived in a box with instructions to download the three free apps included with the shapes. Dylan opened the box and waited anxiously while the apps downloaded. When you launch each of the apps for the first time, you have to use the shapes to “unlock” them. Here’sDylan unlocking one of the apps:

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The first app we tried was Tiggly Draw and its become Dylan’s favorite of the three. With this app children indulge their inner Picasso using their tablet as their canvas and Tiggly shapes as their tools. In the following two videos you can get a sense of how it works:

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The second app Dylan tried is Tiggly Safari. Children use the Tiggly Shapes to construct friendly animals from jungle, farms and sea.

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The third app is Tiggly Stamp. From jack-o’-lanterns to igloos, children use Tiggly Shapes to build seasonally themed scenes. Voice record and camera options allow kids and parents to tell stories and save their work.

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With the shapes, you have the tools to play all three apps and each app is truly innovative in its own way with unlimited creative potential. Dylan hasn’t given me much of a chance to play with his shapes (he is very possessive), but I look forward to creating cool scenes of my own.

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Tiggly Shapes are geared for kids 18 months to 4 years old and at 3 years old Dylan was really in a good spot to enjoy them. He already knows his shapes, which lessened the learning curve, but the apps, especially Tiggly Draw, are designed to allow for unlimited creative expression. Even I could spend a long, enjoyable time, creating different scenes with these shapes. For younger kids still learning their shapes, these apps will teach them circles, stars, squares and triangles very quickly.

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The shapes are stored in a felt bag, have a nice smooth feel and a sturdy and satisfying weight. When he knows he will be playing with the iPad, Dylan insists I grab Tiggly! He enjoys opening the felt bag and removing the shapes, preparing his work space and then managing the shapes as he plays.

Using Tiggly is physical, like play should be. In fact, over 70 years of academic research says physical play is essential to early learning and I would enjoy seeing more appcessories like Tiggly Shapes come on the market, marrying the physical with the technological. Unfortunately, appcessories are not something (most) parents can create on their own, so we need companies like Tiggly to do it for us! The founders of Tiggly both graduated from Harvard and one of them is a PhD candidate in childhood development at Columbia University, so I think they know what they are doing!

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If you want to get Tiggly for a Christmas present (or just because), the company is offering 10 percent off Tiggly Shapes through their Shopify page through November 30th. Just enter TIGGLYLOVE10 at checkout.

They also have a great Thanksgiving special going on right now: buy one set of Tiggly Shapes, and get a second set for half-price. Starting from November 29 to December 2. Enter discount code HOLIDAY50 at checkout when you purchase two sets of shapes through tiggly.com.

The nitty gritty: Tiggly Shapes are an appcessory compatible with iPads and iPad minis. Along with the purchase of the shapes you get three free apps that can only be unlocked with the shapes. The shapes can be downloaded here or on Shopify here. Tiggly is a New York-based company that develops toys and apps for the digital generation and I expect more and more great apps from this company!

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